Stone processing is a complex, multi-step process that results in changes in both the visual appearance of the stone, as well as its mechanical properties.
The blocks of stone are sawed, and then the edges and surfaces are processed in order to attain the required shape and structure.
The most common natural stone processing types are the following:
*In addition, the chemical treatment of the stone surface is recommended; it improves its aesthetic and physical qualities.
Proper and regular care is a key condition for the natural stone products to serve for a long period of time and for their appearance to remain unchanged. Scratches and other damage will be less obvious, if the stone is regularly and correctly maintained, using only specialised cleaning products.
Marble requires special treatment. Its surface gets damaged very rapidly, if it is exposed to acidic substances. On polished surfaces, unremovable stains appear, and the stone surface has to be re-polished. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to avoid contacts with liquids that contain acid (wine, fruit juice, soda, vinegar, lemon juice) and cleaning products. Moreover, it is not recommended to use abrasive cleaning products, hard brushes and sharp objects that may cause scratches.
The stone surfaces in bathrooms are subject to the influence of water, thus they have to be regularly treated with the specialised products that protect the stone against water and oils. Kitchen surfaces made of marble or granite have to be treated with products that prevent oil, grease, dirt and water infiltration. If the stone surface comes into contact with potently staining products, such as beetroots and cherry juice, the stains must be cleaned immediately with a wet cloth.