How do I protect my marble worktops from damage?
Stoneworld can offer advice on the best way to protect natural marble surfces
We were recently challenged by a customer who said:
“I really like your new range of Summit Stone Quartz Worktops, but if turmeric stains them permanently, I am not interested!”
This customer had previously experienced the problem of permanent staining caused to their supposedly non porous quartz worktops and they were not prepared to have that happen again.
We needed to check this out for them, and also for ourselves in order to be sure what we could tell future customers about our own Summit Stone kitchen worktops.
What is the best way to clean cement stains from natural stone?
We are writing this blog to try and help you avoid what happened to a lady who contacted us recently.
Mrs B had unfortunately had her Kandla Grey Sandstone patio damaged by her contractors, who were woefully uninformed about the right way to install and care for natural stone.
My Kandla Grey Patio has discoloured, can it be restored?
Kandla Grey sandstone paving is currently very popular due to its contemporary grey tones, which are a frequently chosen theme in all areas of home design presently.
After a period of time Kandla Grey paving can discolour, showing yellow to orange staining on the surface which is difficult to remove. These stains are caused by iron deposits which occur naturally within the stone. Over time these deposits are leached from within the stone and become present on the surface, potentially ruining the overall appearance of the stone landscaping area where they are present.
The process of leaching is helped by our (usually) damp climate, and although this process is a totally natural occurrence, it is undesirable to most people, who will have selected Kandla Grey for its pale grey colour.
What can be done about the discolouration of my Kandla Grey Patio?
Firstly, we advise you to reduce the problem by buying your Kandla Grey sandstone paving from a reputable stone merchant. Here you will find that rather than select he cheapest material available from the quarries in India, care will have been taken to select a better quality stone. For instance, at Stoneworld we specify a particular seam in our favoured quarry in India for the selection of our Kandla Grey Sandstone Paving. This ensures that we have a product that has less iron deposits embedded within it from the outset. If you buy a cheaper product, it is possible that you will be purchasing material that we have rejected, and it will therefore have higher density of iron deposit embedded in it storing a problem for you later. This will not be visible at the point of purchase, but the discolouration will occur at a faster rate than with a better quality sandstone purchase.
That said, discoloration may occur in any Kandla Grey sandstone to some degree.
There is a product that can be used to remedy this situation, and the results are impressive.
Rob Parker’s Best Rust Remover has been found by us to be highly effective at removing rust staining from Kandla Grey Paving.
Recently, at Stoneworld we gave our display area a deep clean.
Before Cleaning with Rob Parker’s Best Rust Remover
After Cleaning with Rob Parker’s Best Rust Remover
This area was laid 14 years ago, and you can see here the ‘before’ image of the Kandla Grey Paving is only showing slight discolouration even after more than a decade of our damp weather conditions. (summer 2018 excepted!) This is due to the extra care we take when selecting the paving we sell.
You may experience far worse discolouration, but Rob Parker’s Best Rust Remover is capable of achieving a very effective job at restoring your patio whatever the degree of rust staining.
The ‘after’ image shows how effective the treatment can be.
We suggest you use it on your stained Kandla Grey Paving to bring it back to its former glory.