The Do’s & Don’ts For Sandstone

Sandstone has been a popular building material for temples and houses since ancient times, due to it being easy to carve. Nowadays, it is used in homes for countertops in the kitchen, flooring & porches, pavements and for fountains & statues in the yard.

Apart from aesthetic appeal, it is very versatile and durable. Common sandstone colours range from red to brown to white, which makes it a good option for consideration when renovating or building a new home. Here are some tips taken from our experienced staff at Sandstone World. Let us start on how to or not to handle sandstone.

The Do’s for  Sandstone in Queensland

  1. Do clean spills up immediately to keep the damage done to Sandstone to a minimum. Acidic or other harsh chemicals are bad for sandstone, as well as greasy or oily stuff. It can stain the Sandstone, especially if the stone is not sealed with a sealant.
  2. If you are going to use sandstone for a countertop surface, do use placemats for your ceramic or silver utensils to avoid scratching the surface. Similarly use mats under hot dishes.
  3. Do regularly clean up sandstone surfaces. Use water and a sponge or dirt cloth to clean up any dirt before washing it down.
  4. For bathroom surfaces, use a tray under toiletry products as they can contain harsh chemicals that may spoil the surface of sandstone. Use doormats and rugs for flooring.
  5. Use a sealant for smoother and easier clean up. Sealant will also play a part in the longevity of sandstone, as it is naturally very porous.
  6. Do use coasters under glasses containing citrus drinks or alcohol.

The Don’ts for  Sandstone in Queensland

  1. Do not wait long to clean up your sandstone surfaces, as the spill might stain even if the liquid evaporates.
  2. Do not use acidic cleaners or high pressure hoses to clean down sandstone.
  3. Do not buy cheap sandstone, especially if you live in a saltwater environment. It can cause degradation and ruin the quality faster.
  4. Abrasive and alkaline cleaners are also not recommended to use. They will scratch the surface and diminish the sandstone.
  5. Do not use a sealant if the sandstone is wet, and ensure it remains dry for the next 24 hours as well.
  6. Do not get sandstone before testing it first. It might be limestone, which is acid sensitive and will lose its lustre much sooner after sun and rain exposure.

These are some certain Do’s and Don’ts for your Sandstone, whether it’s used for flooring, walls, paving, sculptures or anything else. These tips can help you make the most of your sandstone by adding to its life and making it look better. If you’re looking for sandstone for any purpose, we provide the best sandstone here at Sandstone World. Call us at 0431 285 425.

 

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