Depending on the type of stone and your tolerance level, some stones can go a long time without restoration or maintenance.
It is key to use neutral PH balanced cleaners intended for use on natural stone surfaces and to pick up spills as soon as they occur. Regular household cleaners are too acidic and abrasive and will damage and etch the finish on your natural stone surfaces.
Although your stone may have been sealed after restoration, a sealer is only a preventative measure. Natural stone is porous and a sealer is limited in preventing stain absorption especially if the spill or stain has been left unattended for a considerable amount of time.
It is important to seal your stone immediately after installation and after restoration. This will provide enhanced protection to the stone and the grout lines.
It is equally important to reseal stone surfaces on a regular basis. Some sealants may require a yearly application.
When your marble or granite becomes dull and unattractive, the logical thing to do is to repair and restore the stone to its original beauty. However, the key to continuing to enjoy your investment, lies in establishing a regular maintenance program.
Some of the less resilient stones may require more periodic maintenance visits to bring back the original lustre while other more dense stones can go 5—10 years before requiring a visit.
For more information on how to keep your stone looking like new, contact us for a free on-site evaluation of your maintenance requirements.