Bluestone - How to clean, seal and maintain

by Brian Lau July 04, 2014 2 Comments

On a daily bases we asked for information for the safest procedures to correctly care for bluestone. Bluestone and basalt generally require the same products and procedures for cleaning protection and maintenance, however, as many varieties of these materials are being imported they can react differently depending on their origins. We take a simple approach to the care of bluestone and basalt with a few simple rules including the use of Lithofin’s natural stone specific ‘MN’ products. Honed and Polished finishes: Note: Even though bluestone and basalt are extremely durable with a fine finish they are sensitive to acidic cleaners and at times solvent based sealers. The use of incorrect products can alter the composition of the stone surface causing damage that may require mechanical treatment to resolve. Only use stone specific products on these materials as acidic, corrosive and abrasive products will damage the composition of the stone surface. 1. Cleaning prior to pre-sealing: if cleaning is required use Lithofin MN Power-Clean for a thorough clean without effecting the composition of the stone surface. 2. Pre-sealing: one light application of water-based Lithofin STAINSTOP >WW< with a wet-on-wet application to reseal the tiles and the gout lines. 5. Maintenance: regularly clean and maintain with Lithofin MN Easy-Care and when a thorough clean is required use Lithofin MN Power-Clean. Sawn/Textured finishes: Note: Bluestone and basalt with a textured finishes do not show slight alterations in the surface and therefor can be treated without much concern. After a period of time these materials will create their own patina and are easier to maintain as they are used externally. 1. Whilst grouting sponge off most of the grout residues. 2. Preparation for sealing: once the grout is cured clean off grout residues and builders dirt with Lithofin MN Builders' Clean. 3. Sealing: use Lithofin MN Stain-Stop to prevent the penetration of water, oil, grease and general dirt without altering the materials appearance. 4. Maintenance: when required irregularly clean with Lithofin MN Power-Clean. Happy tiling.

Brian Lau
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Absolute Stone Care
Absolute Stone Care

January 17, 2016

Here these blog which you post over here is really very fantastic to know about how to clean and maintain the stone which is very easier to use. I will recommend for bluestone thanks for sharing with us.

Simon Gabriel
Simon Gabriel

January 17, 2016

We thank you for these nice comments. You should drop in our shop at 278 Burnley Street in Richmond to have an overall outlook of the products we have that can greatly assist you in cleaning, sealing, restorative and also maintenance and care of natural stone surfaces. Hope to hear from you soon. Enjoy the week ahead.

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