Our homes are a mix of many different materials, all with different properties, so proper care of these surfaces isn’t a one bottle solution. Below is a round-up of common surfaces and the recommended care methods for each type.
- Granite: Routine cleaning with just mild dish soap and a soft cloth is recommended. General household cleaners, such as Windex and 409, can be used, but may leave a film, so it’s best to use these sparingly. Although granite is highly durable, avoid using any harsh solutions that may break down the sealant.
- Marble: As a porous stone, marble is susceptible to scratching and staining, so spills should be wiped up immediately, with extra care given to acidic substances that can etch the surface. For routine cleaning, use a damp chamois to avoid streaking. Occasionally wipe the surface down with plain warm water and, once per year use warm water and a dishwashing liquid, but always be sure to rinse well and wipe dry. Periodic resealing and polishing is also recommended. If you do have a stain, it’s best to contact a professional for removal as methods vary by type.
- Soapstone: Soapstone is non-porous surface that does not need to be sealed and chemicals and acids do not harm it, so cleaning and care is quite simple. General household cleaners can be used, but regular soap and water is sufficient. An occasional treatment with mineral oil is recommended to help ensure even darkening. While soapstone is more prone to scratches, they are often easily removed with a light sanding and/or mineral oil.
- Tile Flooring: Regular sweeping or vacuuming without a beater bar loosens and removes dirt that could easily adhere to tile surfaces. For cleansing, a damp mop with a mild soap or detergent is recommended. For heavier soil, soap build up and hard water stains, it’s best to use a neutral pH cleaner available at your local grocery or hardware store, but be sure to read the label for usage details and instructions. Acidic, ammonia-based, bleach, and abrasive cleaners, as well as scouring pads and steel wool, should all be avoided.
- Wood Flooring: Routinely sweep or vacuum without a beater bar to remove dirt, and use a slightly damp mop or terry cloth pad for cleaning. Never use a wet mop, as standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood, and leave a discolored residue. Additionally, avoid using any type of chemicals on the wood, which can cause additional wear and failure when recoating in the future. A little bit of vinegar and water will work just fine, or a high-quality wood floor cleaner, such as one from Bona, is another recommended option.
- Stainless Steel: Water with a mild detergent and a microfiber towel is suggested for general cleaning. Fingerprints on the surface can easily show, but occasional buffing with olive oil, mineral oil, or distilled vinegar can help to keep your steel smudge-free. If you choose to use a store-bought cleaner, keep in mind not all stainless steel is created equal. Different manufacturers use different grades and types of steel, so one brand of cleanser might not clean as well as another on a particular appliance.
While these are helpful guidelines, it’s recommended to always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for what products should be used for the care and cleaning of your surfaces. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need assistance in selecting the right product or if there’s anything else we can do to help with the care and maintenance of your home.