Care and maintenance

Types of stone

Your natural stone from Pavimento, Inc. Clearwater, Florida is a priceless investment. Whether for your home, office, or commercial building the care and maintenance of your stone is an important step in ensuring that it will look beautiful for many years to come. Simple care and maintenance will help preserve your stone’s beauty.

Natural stone can be classified into two general categories according to its composition: siliceous stone or calcareous stone. Knowing the difference is critical when selecting cleaning products.

Siliceous stone

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Composed mainly of silica or quartz-like particles. It tends to be very durable and relatively easy to clean with mild acidic cleaning solutions. Types of siliceous stone include granite, slate, sandstone, quartzite, brownstone, and bluestone.

Calcareous stone

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Composed mainly of calcium carbonate. It is sensitive to acidic cleaning products and frequently requires different cleaning procedures than siliceous stone. Types of calcareous stone include marble, travertine, limestone, and onyx. What may work on siliceous stone may not be suitable on calcareous surfaces.

General guidelines for both

  • Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices
  • Use trivets or mats under hot dishes and placemats under china, ceramics, silver, or other objects that can scratch the surface
  • Do not place hot items right off a stove or out of an oven directly on the stone surface
  • For calcareous stones, many common foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the stone surface.

*Consult with a professional stone supplier, installer, or a restoration specialist to help identify whether your stone is siliceous or calcareous.

cleaning do's and dont's

When discussing care and cleaning procedures there are recommended do’s and don’ts that should always be followed.

Pavimento, Inc. recommends:

to Do's

  • Clean surfaces with mild detergent or stone soap
  • Thoroughly rinse and dry the surface with clean, clear water after washing
  • Blot up spills immediately
  • Protect countertop surfaces with coasters, trivets, or placemats


  • Don't use vinegar, lemon juice, or other cleaners containing acids on marble, limestone, travertine, or onyx surfaces.
  • Don't use cleaners that contain acids such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, or tub & tile cleaners.
  • Don't use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.

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