Apex Marble

Tips to care for your stone:

Here are a few tips and recommendations from Apex Marble.  The number one question most of our clients ask is "How do I take care of it?"

Taking care of natural stone is very easy if you follow a few tips from Apex Marble.  Over the years many sealant and polish products, claiming to be the best, have flooded the market.  

Apex Marble applies a 511 impregnator to the stone after the initial installation.  This sealer impregnates the tiny pores of the stone to prevent staining.  Most home improvement stores carry stone sealants, but we believe 511 is a superior product.

After a sealant is applied, water will bead on top of the stone.  This means the stone is fully sealed.  Most manufacturers of sealants recommend a once a year application.  The resealing process it is easy to do.  Simply wipe a generous portion of the liquid over the surface to be sealed and take a dry rag to wipe off the excess.  It is that easy!  Click on the above link to see how to apply 511 impregnator to your stone surface.  This sealant can be found at most large Home Improvement stores.

Maintaining your stone is very easy if you invest in a steamer.  Many common cleaning solutions (e.g. containing vinegar or another acidic base) may actually damage your stone surface. Steamers not only clean the surface of dirt and grime, but also all bacteria. Apex Marble recommends the Monster, a steam cleaner that really gets the job done. The Monster SC60 Superclean Multi-Surface steam cleaner can be used as a canister or as a portable steam cleaner. The stainless steel boiler is designed to clean the most stubborn dirt and the superclean function delivers total hygiene of all surfaces. Additionally, this type of steamer can be used anywhere in the home.  Not just your stone installation.  It can be used on multiple surfaces, such as mirrors, windows, furniture, etc.

Apex Marble also recommends using Gel-Gloss on your marble surfaces.  According to the manufacturer of Gel-Gloss, the cleaner was made at the request of manufacturers of fiberglass products and cultured marble vanities. It contains non-harmful abrasive cleaning agents that remove surface oxidation and light scratches, while leaving behind a protective carnauba wax coating. Gel-Gloss cleans, protects and restores luster while providing a long lasting protective finish. It can also be used on acrylics, corian, porcelain, ceramic and stainless steel sinks.  It also does wonders on marble!  It is very easy to apply as it comes in a liquid or a spray.  You simply wipe it on - let it dry - and buff off!  

Let us hear from you if this has been a help in caring for your stone surfaces.
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