Romancing Your Stone...

March 30th 2012
By: Melanie

At Intercounty it is impossible not to know how stone around the home has become an enhancing design feature when selling your home - a practical solution for kitchens and bathrooms in particular, but you really need to make sure you look after it. Any reputable supplier should have sealed the stone a few times as soon as it's installed. You can tell if it has been sealed properly by noticing that water beads and forms droplets on the surface if they don’t it but it might be worth having it sealed again and it is worth checking the seal again a year after installation just to be sure you are taking best care of your stone.

The other thing that it’s imperative to do with stone is to immediately wipe up any spills.  Some stone can be stained by wine, cranberry juice, all citrus juices, salad dressings, vinegars, and coffee. The key is to wipe a spill up as soon as you see it: if you don't let the spills sit there, they won't penetrate.  Oils are less of a problem, once the stone has been sealed, and kids with sticky fingers are no problem at all although there is different durability between type of stone.  Granite is good and strong. Marble is more porous than granite, but tougher than you'd think. French limestone has intense colour, veining, and is more durable than the lighter lime stones from Greece or the Baltic regions, and it must be said even though they look great, slate and soapstone aren't the most practical choice  they require more maintenance and constant mineral oil treatments.