Natural Stone Maintenance: 4 Do’s and Don’ts

Natural Stone Maintenance: 4 Do's and Don'ts lehnhoff's supply

Let’s explore the essential steps to preserve the allure of your natural stone.

When you incorporate natural stone into your landscape, you want to ensure it looks its best for years to come. However, things like weather conditions and heavy foot traffic can make maintaining natural stone more complicated. So, what should you do to keep your outdoor space looking great?  In this blog post, we will explore the essential steps to preserve the allure of your natural stone.

Do: Clean Your Natural Stone Regularly

Keeping your natural flagstone clean is essential for its maintenance and longevity. Regular sweeping and rinsing are simple yet effective cleaning techniques that make a big difference. Leaves, twigs, and other organic matter can break down over time, releasing acids that can stain or deteriorate your stone garden path. Additionally, standing water can lead to algae or moss growth, making the surface slippery and unsafe. 

Removing dirt, leaves, and debris from the surface prevents them from accumulating and causing potential damage. A broom with soft bristles is perfect for sweeping away loose dirt and leaves. You can use a mild soap detergent, such as dish or hand soap, mixed with a little water. Wet the stone first, and then use your broom and soap solution to wipe it clean.  

The last step is to thoroughly rinse the stones so you don’t leave any soap residue.

Don’t: Use Household Cleaners

When cleaning your natural stone, avoiding household cleaners with harsh chemicals or abrasive ingredients is crucial. These cleaners can damage the stone’s surface, leading to discoloration or erosion. 

Also, stay away from acidic or vinegar-based cleaners, as they can etch or dull the stone’s surface. Always read the labels of any cleaning products you plan to use and ensure they are safe for use on natural stone. 

Do: Clean Spills Immediately

Accidents happen, especially when you have natural stone installed around your pool deck or outdoor kitchen, but it’s essential to address them promptly to prevent stains and potential damage. Whether it’s oil, grease, or any other liquid, don’t let it sit on the surface for too long. Grab a clean cloth or paper towel and blot the spill immediately. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing, as that can spread the spill and potentially push it into the stone’s pores.

For stubborn stains, you may need to use a stone-specific cleaner. Before using the cleaner, test it on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure it doesn’t cause any discoloration or damage.

Don’t: Ignore Any Cracks or Splits

Cracks or crumbling stones should never be ignored, as they can worsen over time and compromise the stone’s structural integrity. Regularly inspect your pathways, driveways, or patio for any signs of damage, such as cracks, chips, or loose stepping stones. Address these issues promptly to prevent further deterioration.

Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help

If you still have more questions about natural stone maintenance, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.

Find us at 2708 Belair Road, Fallston, MD 21047 and give us a call at 410-510-7646. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been up to, be sure to follow us on Facebook, X – Twitter, and Pinterest!

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