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ryan2699

07:49AM | 08/02/06
Member Since: 08/01/06
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I would like to have natural tumbled stone in my kitchen backsplash! Is that too hard to maintain - and is it damaged easily with cleaners?

flooringworldDOTorg

07:49AM | 08/03/06
Member Since: 10/28/05
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It needs to be sealed, then periodically re-sealed as needed, with a high grade tile/masonry sealer, then cleaned with a very mild detergent/solution periodically.

Backsplash areas are pretty low maintenance except around the stove if there is excessive grease splattering, which is why periodic cleaning and re-sealing is recommended.

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elegant06

11:34AM | 08/04/06
Member Since: 08/03/06
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Natural Stone products are used often in itchens. They are more popular than ever and you should not worry about it being hard to maintain. You will need to be sure that you apply a sealer before installing and every other year to keep out stains that may splash and Yes it can be damaged with harsh cleaners but, soap and water or a natural stone cleaner is all you need and your backsplash really will only get wiped down once every few months. You can find a wide selection at the site listed below. HH

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elegant06

11:58AM | 08/04/06
Member Since: 08/03/06
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There are also porcelain tiles that really look like natural stone/marble. Then if your worried about sealing and maintaining it there is nothing to do but,insatll and wipe off when dirty and you can use a wider range of cleaners.HH

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pebblez

11:02AM | 08/23/06
Member Since: 08/22/06
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One important thing to remember is that marble, limestone, and travertine are all chemical bases, which means they will react (if untreated) to any acid by staining. These materials need dilligent care with a protective sealer being added to them every few months. If you use slate, or quartzite, which have a different chemical make up, the sealant doesnt have to be applied nearly as often

For natural stone including onyx, travertine, quartzite, marble, and slate tiles, and slabs visit http://pebblez.com/stone/index.html
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