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Arizona Cleaning is providing an educational section of facts that affect the longevity of commonly used areas of your home.


Stone finishes are affected by a number of circumstances. Whether in combination or alone a “refinishing-upgrade” can amend appearance dilemmas.


Here are the most common surface effects:

  • General Wear: Through normal living conditions, scratches, wear and tear is created by foot-traffic abrasion can affect stone finish. Dirt and grit between your feet and the stone's surfaces mare the finish.
  • Improper cleansers: Acids damage all marble, limestone & travertine. Soaps, detergents, vinegar or other cleaners containing acid  "etch" the stone causing dull, hazy and often milky colored markings that impact a stone finish.
  • Acidic food and drink spills: Many foods and drinks contain citric acid (i.e. sodas, fruits, juices, tomato sauces, liquors etc.) that impact a stone finish. These leaves etch marks and glass rings where they contact the stone surface. Also, hot cooking oil can damage sealers in the stone and cause absorption in those areas. Reverse osmosis water filtering systems often change the ph of the water to acidic.
    Sealing: The improper application of sealers can leave residue displaying a dingy appearance. It will attract dirt and be very difficult to clean.   If incorrect sealers are used wear, scuffing and pealing can occur and/or absorption of dirt and oils. An unsealed surface can absorb stains and eventually take on odor.
  • Installation: Proper setting materials and techniques will largely impact the appearance. Uneven tiles (lippage) or jagged grout joints can leave the finish looking amateur. Some installers will grind down the lippage on a few tiles leaving dull and marred spots. The flushness of tiles (setting bed depth) and grout-joint-width should be determined prior to installation when possible.
  • Factory “Fill”: (compound used to fill holes / voids). Most commonly found in travertine, some tiles have a residue that can be felt as grimy and seen as dirty or blotchy.
  • Manufacturing: The abrasive process can leave swirls or blemishes on the stone. Also, as the abrasives wear the finish can change from pallet to pallet. Density and color differences from one batch to the next can also affect luster. Transport Wear: Stone is crated and then transported by truck, boat, train, forklift, etc. All the movement can generate wear & tear.   It is usually stored in outdoor conditions where weather and debris can also have an effect.
  • Construction Wear: During the construction process trades people come in contact with dirt and grit on the stone surface causing wear and marring. Also, equipment, appliances, tools, etc, can cause deep scratches and bruises if dragged or pushed across the stone.



Lime-scale is a filmy residue caused by hard water. The calcium and magnesium in water leave what is called lime scales. These minerals make cleaning products much less effective. To clean lime scale, you need to use a product that deactivates or binds with the minerals.




Water is considered “hard” when it contains a high concentration of minerals mainly calcium and magnesium.


Hard Water Deposits

So, with hard water comes increased soap scum, film, lime deposits on all your showers and sinks. These spots and deposits will appear on glass, porcelain, enamel, fiberglass, stainless steel, china, enamel, chrome, and tile. Hard water has it's own natural film and makes it more difficult to remove soap scum. Your bathroom shower and sinks will require more frequent cleaning because of this . The calcium and magnesium in water leaves what is called lime scales. These minerals make cleaning products much less effective. To clean lime scale, you need to use a product that deactivates or binds with the minerals as stated previously.



Using a squeegee to wipe down the water off the walls of a shower will help eliminate the hard water erosion that occurs over time. It only takes a few seconds.




One of the best ways to keep your walls looking good is to make them “cleanable.” Few flat paints are cleanable, so keep in mind the disadvantage you have with flat paints.  Consider painting as many of your walls as possible with cleanable paint and regularly wipe them down.




Did you know that Arizona has one of the highest rates of allergens and pollen in the country?  Even more reason to keep your home clean.