Natural stone is a beautiful, but while stone is durable and can, it is also porous and susceptible to staining and damage, unless maintained properly. With a little bit of care marble and stone furniture can last for years.
Marble and stone are characteristically soft, regular care and maintenance is recommended to keep it in pristine condition. The varying nature of stone and marbles texture and veins, every marble and stone product is different.
Natural stone can be classified into two general categories: siliceous stone or calcareous stone. Knowing the difference is important when selecting cleaning products.
Siliceous stone is composed mainly of silica or quartz-like particles. It tends to be very durable and relatively easy to clean with mild cleaning solutions. Types of siliceous stone include: granite, slate, sandstone, quartzite, brownstone, and bluestone.
Calcareous stone is composed mainly of calcium carbonate. It is sensitive to acidic cleaning products and frequently requires different cleaning procedures than siliceous stone. Types of calcareous stone include: marble, travertine, limestone, and onyx. What may work on siliceous stone may not be suitable on calcareous surfaces.