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RECOMMENDED STONE CARE

 

CLEANING

 

If mortar contacts the face of the stone, allow it to dry slightly and then pick the mortar from the face. If removed when very wet, the mortar can smear and cause more work later. If a bonding admixture in the mortar, then remove the mortar as soon as possible by dry brushing and then damp sponge. Do not attempt to smear the mortar. It is suggested to wet the stonework down with water and then to apply a mild cleaning detergent with a soft bristle brush to remove any dirt or mortar smear left from the installation. It is strongly recommended to not use any type of acid. Always wet the stone first before applying any cleaning solutions to prevent over-absorption of the cleaning solution, and always ask your dealer for a recommended cleaner. Cleaners perform differently and your needs will vary depending upon the stone used.

 

SEALING

 

Topical sealers and impregnators are available for application when enhancement of the color or water repellency is required. Make sure to choose products which are not harmed by ultra-violet rays, alkali, do not yellow, and do not interfere with evaporation of moisture through the stone. Always test a small area before full application. Once sealers are applied to the stone, it must be considered that re-application of the sealers will be necessary over time. Longevity varies and re-sealing times can range from one year to ten years, depending on the product, application, and exposure. The sealer should not be applied until the stonework and mortar has time to completely cure. One final note, the installation instructions by the sealer manufacturer must be followed.

 

PROTECTIVE TREATMENT

 

As a protective treatment, we recommend both a water-based or not water-based protective treatment for our stone, made by PROSOCO, Inc., a custom formulator of specialty cleaners and protective treatments for masonry. Products and services developed by PROSOCO are designed to improve the appearance and performance of architectural masonry.

 

To learn more about PROSOCO protective treatment products, please download the following data sheets for both water-based, and not water-based protectants:

 

SURE KLEAN® WEATHER SEAL NATURAL STONE TREATMENT (WATER-BASED) PDF

SURE KLEAN® WEATHER SEAL NATURAL STONE TREATMENT (NON-WATER-BASED) PDF

 

Recommended Stone Care courtesy Building Stone Institute (BSI), PROSOCO, Inc., and Capitol Products, Inc.