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What Products Are Safe To Use On My Stone Countertops And Floors?

cleaning granite countertop

If you’ve had a natural stone countertop or floor installed or purchased a home with natural stone, you know that nothing beats the luxurious look of well-kept countertops and flooring. Unfortunately, many homeowners use the wrong product on natural stone surfaces that causes staining, etching, and permanent damage.

What should I use on my countertops and travertine or marble flooring? The answer: use a pH-neutral cleaner. But what is that, and what does that mean?

Let’s take a quick trip back to chemistry class. Don’t groan; this is a short trip, and you’ll get an A.

The pH scale is used to determine how acidic or alkaline a particular solution is. The scale ranges from 0 to 14. If a value is less than pH7, it is acidic. Subsequently, a value more than pH7 is alkaline. And the Goldilocks number? You guessed it, “just right” is pH7 right in the middle – classified it as neutral.

pH scale showing dial at pH 7 (neutral)

So why is a neutral cleaner so important when cleaning natural stone? Again, simple science. Some natural stones are sensitive to acid – specifically marble, travertine, and any stone treated with resin to bond or enhance the color. This basically covers almost all natural stone surfaces. So, if you use a cleanser with a pH value below 7, it may etch or burn the surface leaving it discolored and rough to the touch. Popular household cleaners are all over the pH scale, and for a good reason. Alkaline solutions are better at cutting through organic material like dirt, grease, proteins, foods like tomato sauce, and oils. Acidic cleaners are better for removing inorganic build-up like calcium, rust, and other minerals. Neither is suitable for stone.

Home and internet remedies like vinegar and lemon have a pH value of +/- 3 and should never be used on a stone that will etch.

So now, for the test, what should you use for daily cleaning to ensure you will not damage your natural stone surface? That’s right! You are safe every time with a pH-neutral cleaner. Congratulations! You earned an A+.

pH neutral cleaner, Crystal Clean is explicitly designed for daily cleaning of stone and will thoroughly clean safely. It can be used on all natural stone surfaces and any other surface as well. You can purchase this in a ready-to-use or for a cost-effective option. It is available in a concentrated formula and dilutes to match the dirtiness of the job.

Neutral Cleaners are ideal for everyday cleaning, but when the job calls for heavy-duty cleaning, it’s time for Deep Clean. Many stone installers, professional stone cleaning companies, and commercial cleaning companies throughout the United States use Deep Clean to keep their clients stone looking its very best. Now that Deep Clean is available on the consumer market, you too can use the same product professionals have used for years to keep your countertops and flooring looking phenomenal.

Pro Cleaning Products is a national distributor for StonePro professional grade products that until recently, were not available to consumers.  StonePro products are used by stone fabricators, installers, and professional stone cleaning and repair companies.  These products are now available to consumers.

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