CLEANING AND SEALING ONYX IN PARADISE VALLEY PART 1

Cleaning and Sealing Onyx in Paradise Valley, ArizonaIf you have Onyx installed in your home, you are not alone in needing cleaning and sealing services. Where is Onyx installed? Onyx is installed on countertops, walls, bars, hearths, back splashes patios, and in restrooms. Where does Onyx come from? Onyx is cousin of Travertine and is harvested from mountain regions in different parts of the world. How does Onyx get its unique colorations? Onyx is formed by band of cryptocrystalline composed mineral crystals of quartz and morganite. Stone Care of Arizona, LLC, the premiere Onyx cleaning and sealing company would like to share a few positive and negative characteristics about cleaning and sealing Onyx in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

ONYX’S POSITIVE CHARACTERISTICS

Since, Onyx is composed of fine bands of mineral crystals that give color characteristics than no other natural stone provide. It is Onyx arresting crystal formation that provide astute clients the one of a kind natural stone décor. Simply stated, Onyx provide stunning appearance and elegance. When installed Onyx is installed with a back lighting to amplify its formations. Onyx wows everyone with its veining and colorations.

Cleaning and Sealing Onyx in Paradise Valley, Arizona

ONYX’S POSITIVE CHARACTERISTICS

Since, Onyx is composed of fine bands of mineral crystals that give color characteristics than no other natural stone provide. It is Onyx arresting crystal formation that provide astute clients the one of a kind natural stone décor. Simply stated, Onyx provide stunning appearance and elegance. When installed Onyx is installed with a back lighting to amplify its formations. Onyx wows everyone with its veining and colorations.

ONYX’S NEGATIVE CHARACTERISTICS

Sadly, designers can in their enthusiasm to provide that one of kind look and feel, may not consider the location and possible issues connected to installing Onyx in your home. This is the case, whenever Onyx is installed in kitchen, bars, restrooms and patios, How?

Let’s consider two powerful negative characteristics:

1. ONYX IS ACID SENSITIVE

Onyx is acid sensitive natural stone. This catches homeowners by surprise. Even striking, when many homeowners get a rude awakening seeing unique splattering and spots one their Onyx. Here is factoid to consider, there are two types of etching, “surface and sublevel.” The degree of the etch impression will correspond with the pH of the acid based cleaner or substance allow to remain on the Onyx. We provide a limited list of substances and cleaner that can etch Travertine, Marble, Terrazzo, Conglomerates and Onyx in a consumer article we wrote.

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How to Remove and Etch on Natural Stones

The common misconception is that sealing can prevent etching. FACT: You can limit the damage caused by acid based substances when your Onyx is regularly and properly sealed. Properly sealed is based on the porosity of the natural stone. Porosity is based on how fast liquids can pass through the Onyx. The more fluids pass the less applications of the sealer is needed. Conversely, the faster fluids pass the more sealer needs to be applied after cleaning. 

Here is tip for the DIY types: Repeated sealing applications will help create a resistant barrier. Please note, sealed Onyx will not be stain proof, but will give you a chance to wipe of any acidic substance spilled on the Onyx.  

2. ONYX CAN EASILY BE SCRATCHED

Onyx is can be scratched easily. How? When you use improper cleaning agents such as scrubbing compounds like Ajax, Comet and Soft scrub to clean, you will damage the surface and remove the factory sheen or luster of Travertine, Marble, Terrazzo, Conglomerates and Onyx. Most hard objects can scratch the surface as well. How? Metal footings such as portable planters, taps from the legs of furniture, and collectibles with a MOH hardness of 4-6, candle holders and dense metal objects with a MOH scale over 5 and higher will damage the surface. What is this MOH scale of hardness?

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The article below link will give you added context to the hardness of objects.

MOH Scale of Hardness

The success you have with Onyx is going to be based on prevention and change of cleaning methodology. This will spare you having to hire an Arizona Stone and Tile company to restore the surface. There are lots of benefits in having Stone Care of Arizona, LLC to clean and seal your Onyx.

WHY SHOULD YOU PROFESSIONALLY CLEAN AND SEAL YOUR ONYX?

It doesn’t matter what type of natural stone you may have in your home. Stone Care of Arizona, LLC the premier stone care company recommend all natural stone and tile be professionally cleaned and sealed. Why? All stones are kept in a dirty environment before installation and often installed by hands that are dirty as well. Sadly, most installers do not wash their hands and will use soiled rags to wipe after installation. Wiping a countertop will not remove embedded soil trapped in the micropores of your Onyx. Couple this fact, most natural stone and tile surfaces can become unsanitary when they are not professionally cleaned after installation, how?

All surfaces are under siege by unwanted substances everyday. For example, dispense carbons, indoor contamination from candles, plug in fresheners and airborne contamination will create a sticky residue on your hard surfaces. Couple this with the various oily substances from cooking, spills from beverages make it virtually impossible to keep a clean surface. In many kitchens where food preparation is done. Countertops, walls, back splashes will harbor germs and viruses. Yuck!!!!! These reasons alone provide proof that Onyx should be professional cleaned and there after sealed.

In Part 2 we share some tips and explain in detail the cleaning and sealing process. 

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CLEANING AND SEALING ONYX IN PARADISE VALLEY PART 2

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