How To Clean And Maintain Natural Stone Siding

If you're looking for a type of siding that will allow your home to beautifully blend in with its natural surroundings, consider natural stone. Not only is stone highly durable and visually appealing, but it's also easy to care for and maintain as well.

Natural stone siding is available in a wide range of colors and materials, allowing you to completely customize the look of your home's exterior. Made out of anything from travertine to limestone, the stone siding will have a unique, one-of-a-kind appearance due to its natural properties. 

After you've chosen the type of natural stone you'd like to use, it's time to pick a pattern that complements the rest of your home's design, as well as your yard. Some examples include classic cobblestone, which features irregularly shaped circular pieces, mosaic, which displays random shapes for a puzzle-like appearance, and traditional rectangular brick patterns. 

After you've had the stone siding installed, whether you do it yourself or hire professionals to get the job done for you, you'll have to regularly clean and maintain it to ensure it looks and performs its best for years to come.

Here are some natural stone maintenance tips to get you started:

1. Sealing the Stone

The next step after installing the siding is to seal it, which will help protect it from the natural elements, including rain, hail, mold and mildew growth, and insect damage. The sealant will also give the natural stone an attractive luster, as well as repel dirt, grime, and unsightly black build-up from car exhaust. 

2. Cleaning the Stone

At least once or twice a year, it's important to give your natural stone siding a thorough cleaning to remove any dirt, grime, or debris before it builds up and is impossible to get rid of. As one option, fill a large bucket with warm water, dish detergent, and distilled white vinegar solution.

Apply the mixture to the stone using a long-handled bristle brush, working it into heavily stained areas. If you attempt to reach high areas using a ladder, make sure you have a spotter on the ground for safety purposes.

As another option, you can use a pressure washer to effectively deep-clean the stone. Use the appropriate nozzle to apply the soapy solution, and the 25- to 45-degree nozzle tip to rinse the siding with plain water. 

You can use the machine's extension wand to reach up high and hold the nozzle closer to the stone, such as 2 feet away, to get rid of stubborn stains like mold or mildew.

For more information, contact a company that sells natural stone products.