The basics of cleaning exterior stone include sweeping, dusting, and wiping. The idea is to never let dirt, debris, water, or liquid spills sit and accumulate. When sweeping, make sure to start with a horizontal or vertical motion and finish in the opposite direction. If your exterior stone is exposed to rain, you can just let it air dry.
This makes them more susceptible to damage from cleaning chemicals than most natural stones. Fill a bucket with warm water and add a little vinegar, or dish soap to create a mild detergent solution. Scrub the stones with a sponge wet with the solution, squeezing it out frequently to keep it clean.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do you clean exterior stone siding?
Fill a bucket with warm water and a small amount of vinegar. Dish soap is also fine for making a mild cleanser for stone veneer. Scrub the stone siding lightly with a soft, wet sponge dipped in the solution, rinsing the sponge often to prevent rubbing dirt back onto the siding.
What is the best cleaner for natural stone?
Natural stone should be cleaned once a week with a pH-neutral cleaning product like Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner. The powerful cleaner dissolves tough soils and buildup without damaging your beautiful stone surfaces, and removes soap scum, body oils and greases, bath oils, soap, and shampoo oils.
Can you power wash a stone house?
Pressure washing can remove the natural protective patina of stone and masonry surfaces. It will also remove any coating or sealers. This opens up the pores in the surface, allowing water to seep deep into the stone or masonry.
What's the best way to clean concrete and stonework?
Let’s face it, a truly attractive home does not just have clean siding, but also clean concrete, stonework and gravel. It’s the entire exterior package that gives your home curb appeal. Strong, alkaline cleaners are right at home with the challenge of getting dirt from concrete slabs and individual shaped or coloured pieces of paving stone.