Pro Corner With Fila Solutions: Everything You Need To Know About Professional Stone Cleaning

In our previous post, we delved into the intricate world of tile cleaning. Now, let’s shift our focus to an equally important aspect: the cleaning fundamentals of natural stone.

While tiles may present a seemingly straightforward cleaning process, preserving and maintaining natural stone demands a deeper level of insight. This complexity arises from natural stone’s diverse composition and its heightened vulnerability to unsuitable cleaners. From selecting the appropriate products for post-installation cleaning to utilizing effective stain removers, navigating the realm of professional stone cleaning requires knowledge and expertise. Let’s delve into the essential aspects of this complex practice.

Understanding Stone Cleaning

In the field of stone care, it’s crucial to recognize the diversity of natural stone surfaces and tailor cleaning methods accordingly. One fundamental distinction lies in grouping stones into two significant categories: acid-resistant and acid-sensitive.


Acid Sensitive Stones

Among the most delicate of natural stone surfaces are those classified as acid-sensitive. 

Examples of acid-sensitive stones:

  • marble 
  • limestone
  • travertine


These stones contain calcium carbonate, a mineral compound highly susceptible to damage upon exposure to acidic substances. When acids come into contact with acid-sensitive stones, they initiate a chemical reaction that dissolves the calcite, leading to etching and surface deterioration. It’s also worth noting that new polished stone surfaces are sensitive to alkaline substances. Therefore, if alkaline cleaners are necessary, they must be diluted appropriately to prevent damage.


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Choosing the Right Cleaning Products

Selecting the appropriate cleaning products is paramount when it comes to preserving the beauty and longevity of natural stone surfaces. From post-installation cleaning to daily maintenance, using the right cleaner can make all the difference in maintaining the pristine condition of your stone surfaces.

Before using any cleaner, always test it on a small, uninstalled piece of stone. This helps ensure the cleaner won’t harm the stone, which is especially important for acid-resistant types with calcium calcite veins. Exotic granites, slates, and modern quartzites often have acid-sensitive areas. Testing first can prevent damage and ensure compatibility with your stone.


Post-Installation Cleaning

1. Pre -installation Preparation:

  • Apply FILA’s PRW200 Grout Release to porous stone surfaces.
  • This creates an invisible barrier to shield against grout, construction dirt, and mortar stains.
  • Ensure that the grout adhesion is not compromised.


2. Immediate Post-Installation Cleaning:

  • After installing natural stone surfaces, promptly remove any residues and impurities.
  • This step is crucial for laying the groundwork for long-term maintenance.


3. Selection of Cleaning Product:

  • Choose FILA’s STONECLEAN for post-installation cleaning.
  • This neutral cleaner is specially formulated for natural stone wall and floor coverings.


4. Dilution and Application:

  • Dilute STONECLEAN 1:30 for effective cleaning.
  • Its highly concentrated formula allows for easy dilution based on cleaning requirements.


5. Cleaning Process:

  • Use STONECLEAN to tackle stubborn grout residues or general dirt buildup.
  • Its biodegradable formulation ensures safe and eco-friendly cleaning.


6. Post-Cleaning Care :

  • Ensure thorough cleanup post-construction for proper application of sealers.
  • This step is essential for maintaining the integrity and beauty of stone surfaces.


Daily Maintenance

Once natural stone surfaces are installed and cleaned, maintaining their immaculate condition becomes a daily endeavor. 

Regular maintenance will help:

  • Fend off dirt buildup to maintain cleanliness
  • Protect against stains to preserve the stone’s appearance
  • Prevent deterioration, extending the longevity of stone surfaces


FILA’s neutral cleaner for stone is ideal for post-installation cleaning and a reliable solution for daily maintenance. Its neutral pH formula ensures gentle yet effective cleaning without leaving behind any residue or causing damage to delicate stone surfaces.

Simply dilute STONECLEAN at 1:200 and use it with a microfiber mop to clean your stone surfaces regularly. With this cleaner as part of your cleaning routine, you can rest assured that your natural stone surfaces will remain pristine and resilient for years to come.


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Combating Blemishes with Specialty Cleaners

FILA’s PS87 alkaline cleaner effectively eliminates organic build-up and general dirt that forms a layer of patina on surfaces, restoring the original appearance of stone floors. Further insights into this cleaner include:

  • PS87 is suitable for polished and unpolished stone surfaces
  • Dilution ratio: 1:10 for unpolished stones, 1:20 for polished finishes
  • The powerful formula ensures thorough cleaning without damage
  • For limescale residues or soap scum, use a concentrated version of FILA’s neutral cleaner STONECLEAN


In addition to our range of general-purpose cleaners, at FILA, we offer specialty stain removers designed to tackle specific types of stains on stone surfaces:



  • Specifically formulated for polished stone surfaces
  • Designed to tackle colored stains, such as soft drinks, coffee, and markers
  • Effectively removes deep-set stains where other stain removers may not be effective
  • Does not damage the finish of natural stone



  • Effective against oil and grease stains
  • Easy to use: just spray and wipe
  • Leaves no trace when used on fresh stains


Likewise, MARBLE RESTORER offers a comprehensive solution to address deeper issues like etch marks on polished stone kitchen and vanity countertops. This kit includes everything needed to remove etch marks and restore the shine to polished marble, limestone, travertine, and agglomerate surfaces.


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Optimize Your Stone Care Routine

Explore FILA’s Range of Natural Stone Cleaners

In conclusion, mastering the cleaning fundamentals of natural stone is essential for preserving its beauty and integrity over time. By understanding the nuances of stone composition and employing the right cleaning products, such as our comprehensive range of cleaners, you can ensure that your natural stone surfaces maintain their condition and durability for many years.

If you need further assistance with stone cleaning or have any related inquiries, don’t hesitate to contact our technical team. Until then, stay tuned for our next article, where we’ll delve into the sealing secrets of natural stone, uncovering the best practices for protecting and enhancing these timeless surfaces.


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