Bluestone - How to clean, seal and maintain

by Simon Gabriel July 04, 2014 6 Comments

(Image source: The Contemporist)

Bluestone is a richly coloured natural stone with a gorgeous texture that transcends design styles, giving it a timeless appeal. Its no wonder bluestone is a very popular choice amongst Australian homeowners. On a daily basis, we get  heaps of queries regarding bluestone care and maintenance.

Bluestone and basalt generally require the same products and procedures for cleaning, protecting and maintaining. However, many varieties of bluestone surfaces in Australia are imported from overseas. Each variant is different and can react differently depending on their origins.

Our team recommends the use of Lithofin’s natural stone specific ‘MN’ products for sawn and honed finishes.

(Image source: Design Milk)

It is important to only use specialised stone care products on bluestone. Even though bluestone and basalt are extremely durable, they could be sensitive to acidic cleaners and (at times) solvent based sealers. 

This can alter the composition of the stone surface, causing damage that may require professional intervention by a skilled stone care professional.

(Image source: The Local Project)

 

Cleaning

stone doctor power clean

Use Lithofin MN Power-Clean for a thorough deep clean on  hone and sawn textured bluestone surfaces. 

Resealing

 

One light application of water-based Lithofin STAINSTOP W (wet-on-wet application) will prevent the penetration of water, oil, grease and general dirt on bluestone surfaces and groutlines without altering the surface's appearance.

Maintaining

For day to day cleaning, use Lithofin MN Easy-Care, a neutral surface cleaner which is formulated to help maintain and protect the colour of natural stone floors. After a period of time, bluestone surfaces will form a natural patina.

PROFESSIONAL HELP

If you have an existing issue with your bluestone surfaces in your home or building, please do not hesitate to drop us an enquiry with some close up photos of the problem. 

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6 Responses

Michael
Michael

January 05, 2020

Hi we have blue stone pavers outside and around the pool which have recently been sealed. Every time we drop something in the pavers say watermelon, or ice cream or water based products the tiles stain and leave marks . Can you suggest a product that can be used on the pavers to be used with a mop to remove? With thanks.

Raveena Marks
Raveena Marks

February 27, 2019

Hi,
Hope you are well.
We have Blue stone pavers both inside and outside our house.
THe pavers in the bathrooms always look wet and dirty in sections of the bathroom, particularly in front of the sink.
The pavers outside have had a high pressure hose on them twice a year ( for 5 years now) as we have had to scrape off salt as a product of effloresccence.

The ones outside have also been cleaned with chlorine and water mixtures, and some of the pavers llook really blotchy now.

I need help.

Any suggestions will be FANTASTIC.

many thanks

Raveena Marks, Sydney.

Raveena Marks
Raveena Marks

February 27, 2019

Hi,
Hope you are well.
We have Blue stone pavers both inside and outside our house.
THe pavers in the bathrooms always look wet and dirty in sections of the bathroom, particularly in front of the sink.
The pavers outside have had a high pressure hose on them twice a year ( for 5 years now) as we have had to scrape off salt as a product of effloresccence.

The ones outside have also been cleaned with chlorine and water mixtures, and some of the pavers llook really blotchy now.

I need help.

Any suggestions will be FANTASTIC.

many thanks

Raveena Marks, Sydney.

Marianne Strachan
Marianne Strachan

September 28, 2017

Hello – I have had a disaster with my bluestone bathroom. Something mild but possibly citric has interfered with my Technokolla sealer in the whole bathroom. The grout and the stone have gone a cloudy whitish colour (meant to be black :() Can I extract all product from the stone with anything to return it back the the raw honed state that it was in originally?

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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