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How can I prevent stains from occuring in my stone?

Q. How can I prevent stains from occuring in my stone?

A. If your stone is porous -- it can absorb liquids -- then you will want to make sure to have it sealed properly with an impregnating sealer. Sealers for stone are designed to fill the pores to give you more time to clean up a spill to inhibit staining.

How do you know if your stone is porous? Spill some water on it and leave it for about 20-30 minutes, then wipe away the water. If a dark spot remains where the water was, then it is absorbent.

There are also several precautionary measures you can take:
  • Use coasters under drinks
  • Any spill should be cleaned as soon as possible.
  • Blot spills with a paper towel or clean rag. At this stage, it is important only to blot. Wiping a spill may spread it over a larger area, making a larger mess.
  • Use only cold water and a neutral cleaner.
  • Rinse the area several times

    If you do get a stain, refer to our stain management questions and answers.
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