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Protecting and Caring for Natural Stone Surfaces

Renovations involve making so many decisions – let FILA take care of the cleaning and sealing!

Natural Stone Surfaces

Whether you’re gutting the kitchen or just focusing on floors, backsplashes and countertops…

the materials you choose are key in determining the look and feel of the space.

Natural stone surfaces (granite, marble, quartzite, limestone, travertine, slate, sandstone) can certainly increase the value of your home, and when that precious stone has been installed, you’ll want to make sure it stays untarnished for years to come.

To keep natural stone surfaces pristine, sealing them is an essential part of the renovation process.

If you’re actually living in the home you are renovating, using a water-based sealer is your best bet: Water-based sealers do not emit harmful fumes and have a faster curing time than solvent-based sealers.

FILA’s MP90 ECO PLUS High Performance Penetrating Sealer seals and protects all natural stone, polished porcelain, engineered quartz and grout against stains. The product is food safe, so it’s ideal for kitchen countertops. MP90 ECO PLUS sets up in just 4 hours.

Find out more about MP90 ECO PLUS!

Floor Maintenance

Caring for natural stone floors is simple…

and using concentrated cleaners is an excellent money-saving option – one small bottle goes a long way! Just make sure that the cleaner you choose is appropriate for the material installed in your home.

Always use a neutral cleaner for the daily maintenance of natural stone surfaces: They do not leave a residue and will not harm even the most delicate materials!

FILA’s STONECLEAN Natural Stone Neutral Cleaner is formulated for natural stone wall and floors coverings. Dilute it 1:200 (one capful per gallon of water) and wash the floor. In this dilution, STONECLEAN does not need rinsing, does not leave a residue and, if needed, can be used in the tank of a floor cleaning machine.

STONECLEAN can also be used as a heavy duty cleaner to remove stubborn dirt from all natural stone surfaces. Just dilute it 1:30 (1/2 cup per gallon of water), scrub and rinse.

Find out more about STONECLEAN!

Countertop Maintenance

Once those stone countertops are installed and sealed…

cleaning will be a daily task! Spray cleaners are perfect because they’re so easy to use.

FILA suggests keeping countertops in top shape with REFRESH & RESEAL Neutral Cleaner and Resealer! REFRESH & RESEAL renews the existing sealer protection while it cleans. Using it regularly will actually extend the surface’s protective sealing. Leave it under the sink – it’s your go-to cleaner for stone kitchen surfaces: just spray and wipe!

Find out more about REFRESH & RESEAL!

Stay tuned for tips on bathroom renovations!

3 Replies to “Protecting and Caring for Natural Stone Surfaces”

  1. I have a unglazed porcelain tiles in my bathroom, foyer and kitchen and dining room. I have purchased FILA Surface Care Solutions Wet Look Paver Sealer for Unpolished Natural Stone. My husband doesn’t want me to use it. He thinks that it will wear off and will only be trouble if it wears off and we will have to continually have to reapply. Will this happen often? I really want the wet look on my tiles and hope it will be a smoother surface to glide my dining room chairs over it. Please help on this information.

    1. Hi Norma, thanks for reaching out. FILA’s Wet Look Sealer is exclusively for natural stone; it is not formulated for porcelain tile. The unpolished finish of porcelain tile cannot be modified through the use of a sealer. However, if you notice that your tile has an uneven color, it may be necessary to clean it with DETERDEK, if the surface is new, or PS87 Heavy Duty Cleaner, if the surface has been used for a while. Deep cleaning the tile will make color more even and easier to clean. To maintain the original look of the tile, we recommend cleaning it weekly with CLEANALL Neutral All Surface Cleaner diluted 1:200 (one capful per gallon of water). I hope this helps! Please let me know if I can be of further assistance. Grace

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