The care of sandstone consists of before and after

The care of sandstone is required especially for floor coverings. The coarsely porous rock must not be treated with chemical and aggressive cleaning agents. They can adversely affect the physical properties. Mechanically acting cleaning devices are the most recommendable.

Brushes and scrubbers

On the one hand, the porous surface of sandstone absorbs aggressive cleaning agents that are distributed in the deeper pores. This can affect the stability of the sandstone. Basically, flat-acting mechanical cleaning is the gentlest care method. Brushes and scrubbers are generally sufficient to clean the surfaces.

The use of high-pressure cleaners is controversial and many experts advise against the use. While floor coverings can be easily scrubbed, facades and other vertical components should be sandblasted. For smaller objects such as garden sculptures and other workpieces, brushing by hand is possible.

Impregnating and protection

A decisive prerequisite for the continuous cleaning success is the support of the sandstone by the impregnation. There are plastic seals and other chemical impregnants. Alternatively, stone oils are used on a natural basis, which leads to greater sensitivity. Basically, it is important to understand the sandstone as a "living" material that needs breathability. Therefore, lacquer-like seals are not recommended.

In the care of sandstone must generally be considered that the surfaces develop over time unavoidable signs of wear. They are desired to a certain extent and the cleaning or cleaning primarily serves the purpose of slowing down the pollution. We recommend the proactive protection of heavily used surfaces by laying carpets or rugs.

Special agents and dust

For special types of soiling, special agents are necessary for a thorough renovation or restoration of sandstone. A typical example is rust stains on rocks containing ferrous compounds, fats and oils and strong plant deposits to black deposits.

If dust is generated when removing dirt, it must be completely removed, which is possible with a conventional vacuum cleaner. Possibly damp dusts, usually occurring as streaks, can be wiped off and after drying should be sucked.

Tips & Tricks

If you want to use cleaning or care methods that involve the use of any means, you should always carry out a trial in a non-visible place first. An impregnation can be tested by observing the residence behavior of water. It should be rather than absorbed.

Consider sandstone species

An individual property of sandstone is the formation of patina and depending on the type of sandstone and placement a gradual visual change. This can not be prevented and can be avoided by no care or intensity. Already during the purchase, the care-technical limits should be asked and taken into account.

If you use sandstone in your kitchen or bathroom, you should note that all surfactant-containing cleaners, such as traditional dishwashing detergents, shower gel and shampoo, change the sandstone surfaces. Quick wiping with clear water avoids the formation of larger marks and "dull" spots. Anyone who disturbs optical irregularities should refrain from using sandstone in wet rooms.

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