Sunday, May 8, 2011

Dr. Drew Likes Stone Cleaning Tips from Our Friends at The Steam Team


I have been thinking about the work done by our friends at The Steam Team in Austin, TX, see http://www.thesteamteam.com/.  They have some great tips, by the way, regarding kitchen tile cleaning austin.  Tricia and I love the look of stone in our home. We remodeled our kitchen with a beautiful copper and purplish slate that makes us happy we are alive everytime we look at it. Nevertheless, caring for stone in the home can be a challenge that requires professional help.  (The YouTube video above gives you a glimpse of the slate in our own home.)

As we have learned from our own experience natural stone cleaning requires a careful sensitivity to the variety of stone surfaces including our beloved slate, terrazo, granite, travertine and flagstone.

The slate we have in our house has a low absorption rate. Nevertheless, because it has a high content of clay it can develop efflorescence easily. Tricia and I actually enjoy the efflorescence effect. According to the folks at The Steam Team, the application of a good quality silicone impregnator sealer can protect the stone.

One of the things that I think is most cool about careful attention to the cleaning of slate is that your can also tint the color of the sealer to create a unique and beautiful look for the stone. As a big fan of The Steam Team, I understanding that cleaning your stonework is both an art and a science.

John C. Drew, Ph.D. is an award-winning political scientist.

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