Caring for Quintessa Mosaics starts with Prevention
- Regular cleaning should be performed with warm water or a neutral cleaner.
- Clean up spills immediately.
- Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar, or other acids on marble.
- Do not use scouring powders or abrasives
- Protect flooring with non slip mats or rugs and counter tops with coasters or place mats.
- Dry dust mop interior floors regularly using a clean mop.
- Exterior walkways and steps should be kept clear of debris and washed with water.
Bath and Wet Areas:
- Minimize soap scum with squeegee after use.
- Remove soap scum with non acidic soap scum remover.
- If outdoors use a mild bleach solution to remove algae or moss stains.
In some cases it makes sense to properly seal for protection against dirt, spills and everyday use. In other cases, the stone is best left untreated.
Multiple factors should be considered when determining if the stone should be sealed:
- The location and use of the stone (counter top, floor, wall, exterior, bathroom, etc.).
- Will the sealant effect the color of the stone?
- Does the stone have resin and how will the sealant react?
- What is the finish of the stone?
Food prep areas may need a impregnator type sealer that is safe for foods
There are generally two types of sealers available for use:
Topical – Designed to protect the surface of the stone against water, oil and other contaminates. When applied, the maintenance program shifts from
stone care to maintaining the sealer.
Impregnator – Designed to become a repellent and generally water and oil repelling. Impregnators keep contaminates out, but do not stop the interior
moisture from escaping. They are considered breathable.
Contact your fabricator or stone professional for further guidance on sealing.
Oil Based Stains – such as Grease, Cooking Oil, Cosmetics
Will darken the stone and normally must be chemically dissolved to allow for the stains source to be rinsed away. Clean gently with a soft liquid cleanser or household detergent.
Organic Stains – such as Coffee, Tea, Fruit, Food, Urine, Bird Droppings
May cause pinkish-brown stains and may disappear after the source of the stain is removed. Outdoors normal sun and rain interaction will bleach out stains. Indoors, clean with 12% hydrogen peroxide and a small amount of ammonia.
Metal Stains – such as Iron, Rust, Copper
Iron or rust stains are orange to brown in color and leave remnants of the source shape. Copper and bronze appear as green or muddy brown. Metal stains must be removed with a poultice.
Biological Stains – such as Algae, Mildew, Moss
Clean with a solution of 1/2 cup bleach and 1 gallon of water.
Ink Stains – Such as Magic Marker, Pen, Ink
Clean light colored stones with bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Use acetone or lacquer thinner on dark colored stones.
Small amounts can be removed with lacquer thinner or carefully with a razor blade. Heavy paint should be removed with a commercial paint
Water spots and Rings
Buff dry with 0000 steel wool.
Fire and Smoke Damage
Fireplaces may require a thorough cleaning to revive appearance. Commercial smoke revival products are available.