Stone is similar to human skin, with tiny air-permeable holes, while a smooth stone surface requires careful selection of the right cleaner. Just as women only use water or a neutral body wash to clean their skin, ladies usually wear rubber gloves when using cleansers to prevent their skin from coming into direct contact with cleansing products. They learned that long-term use of acidic or alkaline cleansers can cause damage to the surface tissues of the skin, and that stone surfaces are just as susceptible to acid and alkali damage as human skin. Acidic or alkaline cleaners can deeply erode the surface of the stone, and in a slight case, damage the smooth surface of the stone. If latent for a long time, these agents will accumulate in the micropores of the stone and gradually oxidize to form crystals. Over time, these crystals enlarge, pushing the surface tissue to rupture.
Acidic cleaners and waxes contain corrosive ingredients that remove stains along with the thin surface of the stone, damaging the surface and making it very fragile. Certain polishing and sanding methods may also wear the molecules of the surface of the stone in half, so even a small amount of fruit acids is enough to dissolve the surrounding stone. Common alkaline precipitates crystallize and swell in stone holes, causing the surrounding stone to crack. Therefore, we should understand that the care of stone is the same as the care of women’s skin, and it requires the use of specialized stone care products. Proper stone maintenance not only maintains its natural luster and beauty but also prolongs the life of the stone.