Keeping your natural stone benchtops clean – and well cared for

Keeping your natural stone benchtops clean – and well cared for

15th Dec 2020

We love natural stone benchtops. There’s no doubt limestone and marble bench and vanity tops are stunning – each a unique piece of art, forged by mother nature.

However, many people steer clear of natural stone in their homes because it requires special handling, which brings certain cleaning implications. Your stone provider will advise you avoid acidic cleaners, and anything citrus, as citrus is generally acidic. This is because acids, even weak ones, dissolve the surfaces of the softer natural stones. This wears them away over time. This is why many people eventually choose engineered stone, such as Ceasarstone.

However, there’s really nothing to fear – nowadays, natural stone benchtops will be installed pre-treated, and properly sealed. Sure, you may need to reseal every 6-12 months, but with proper care, your unique work of art will last a lifetime.

The same goes for natural stone wall and floor tiles. A bit of care – and the right cleaning products – and you’ll always have beautiful tiles.

Choosing the right cleaning products

At SimplyClean, we’re often asked if our surface sprays and other cleaners are safe for natural stone. We love natural stone, and have a large selection of cleaners that are perfectly fine to use on these materials. Any of our neutral or alkaline products are perfect and safe for cleaning. You can confidently use the following products on, or around natural stone:

  • Australian Lemon Myrtle Spray & Wipe
  • Australian Lime Spray & Wipe
  • Australian Lemon Myrtle Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Australian Lemon Myrtle Dishwash Liquid
  • Australian Mandarin Dishwash Liquid
  • Lemon Myrtle Floor Cleaner

Why they’re safe

Some people are concerned the lime essential oil in our spray, or mandarin oil in our dishwash liquid would be too acidic because they’re based on citrus fruits. Fear not - these essential oils are derived from the lime and mandarin peel, and the products are neutral or alkaline, so they’re not harmful to stone.

Similarly, our lemon myrtle essential oil isn’t derived from citrus; in fact it’s distilled from the leaf, and is equally safe for natural stone material.

What not to use

Avoid using HealthyClean Kitchen, HealthyClean Bathroom, Simply No Mould and Australian Eucalyptus Toilet Cleaner on any of your natural stone surfaces, all of which rely on being slightly acidic to do their cleaning jobs well.

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