Natural stone is widely chosen because of its varied colors, motifs, and textures.
In addition, natural stone is also known to be sturdy and has good durability as a building element. However, that does not mean natural stone does not need to be treated.
To maintain its beauty, there are a number of stages of care that must be done. How to take care of it?
Add coating on large porous stones
Stones that have large pores easily store dust. For that, you should add a protective layer (coating). That way, it will be easier for you to clean it. Sandstone type stone can be cleaned with detergent powder. As for andesite stone, the cleaner cannot be left attached for too long.
Simply clean with a plastic brush, then rinse with water. After cleaning, do a re-coating so that the stone is more protected. Avoid cleaners with harsh chemicals as they can turn the stone yellowish.
Pay attention to the type and method of applying the coating
So that the protective layer alias coating lasts longer, pay attention to the type of coating and how to apply it. Each type of natural stone has different types and applications. For this type of sandstone, use a natural or matte coating so that the color of the stone surface remains bright.
As for the type of andesite or slate, use a coating with a wet effect so that the stone looks cleaner. So that the coating absorbs perfectly, do the coating process when the weather is hot.
Replacing loose natural stone
When the stone that is installed is detached, you must first see the type before reinstalling it. For sandstone or limestone that is porous and light, soak the stone in water first. After soaking, draw a line behind the stone to increase adhesion, so that the stone is stronger and lasts longer.
As for sandstone or andesite that is large and applied to a high plane, it is better to use the help of a wire. Attach the wire to the back of the stone, so that it can be applied to the area where the nails have been placed. That way, when the cement comes off, the stone won’t fall.
Adjust natural stone to the installation location
Stone ala, must be treated regularly and periodically. To make it easier for you, choose the type of natural stone based on its location. For example, for the exterior, choose small and strong porous stones such as sandstone.
With proper care, the aesthetic value of natural stone in your home will automatically increase. So, don’t be careless in taking care of it!