Stone veneers create the appearance of larger, heavier stones in home exteriors for less money. However, it can be problematic when they get dirty or begin to look dull and dingy. Fortunately, taking good care of your stone veneers is easy when you learn how to clean stone veneers. All you need are a few instructions and guidance from professionals on how and when to clean your stone veneers.
Identify Your Stone Veneers
First, identify what kind of stone you have before beginning any work on it. Remember that any simple mistake can damage or discolor your veneer if you don’t note all factors surrounding your project. It helps to get an expert’s opinion if you are not sure of the maintenance needs of your stone veneer type. No matter which method you choose, always test it in an inconspicuous spot before cleaning the entire surface. Also, note that different stones need different types of care. For example, if your veneer is porous, it will soak up any liquid and dirt that comes into contact with it, so a gentle touch is necessary. Solid stones are less absorbent and can withstand more vigorous cleaning.
Use Water and Vinegar
If your veneer is dirty and has a build-up of dirt, you can use a water and vinegar solution to help loosen it. Mix water and vinegar in equal quantities into a spray bottle and mist the surface. You can also use a garden hose fitted with a spray nozzle to wet the dirty stone veneer’s surface thoroughly. Be sure that the water flow is not too strong, which may damage the stone. Leave the solution for one or two minutes before gently scrubbing with a soft bristle brush. Be sure to rinse the stone veneers thoroughly with clean water afterward.
Use a Commercial Cleaner
If there are stains on your ClipStone, you might need a commercial cleaner. Be very careful when using the products, as they can be harsh and damage your stone in case of incorrect use. Always test the cleaner first on an inconspicuous spot and carefully follow the directions for use. Also, ensure you don’t use too much cleaner, leading to streaking and a cloudy appearance.
Use a Cleaning Brush
You can use a brush to scrub away any built-up dirt or grime for light cleaning. This is helpful, especially if you need to clean around the edges of the ClipStone or any crevices. You can apply more soap solution directly on top of the stain and scrub again for difficult stains. Let the stone veneer dry entirely before repeating these steps if needed, especially in shady areas where it may take longer for the water to evaporate from your stone veneers.
If you have any additional questions on how to clean stone veneers, don’t hesitate to contact Sherwood Lumber. We will help you with any specific concerns and provide further advice on how to take care of your home’s exterior. You can also find the best quality from our ClipStone stone veneers at very affordable costs.