Although veneer stones are not naturally occurring stones, they are more cost-efficient than natural stones. Stone veneers have lesser particle wastage compared to natural stones but they still require the appropriate maintenance and cleaning to keep them looking shiny on your exteriors.
Preventive Maintenance Respective to Location
Be it natural stones or veneers, both of them can be used at various locations of your facility to get the desired feel. But different substances and temperatures affect the durability of the stones. If your design includes putting stone veneers near a swimming pool or hot water jacuzzis, the dampness of that area can lead to degradation of the veneers. Application of veneers in such areas will also demand the use of a masonry sealant to prevent the stones from being damaged by treated water. Remember that the sealant you use should be a breathable one so that the stones can expand and shrink according to the temperatures while they shift into place over time. Stones placed near a pool are going to come in contact with the chemicals of treated water, like chlorine. Faux stones are similar to concrete based constructions when it comes to exposure to chemicals. So while you utilize them near chlorinated pools and spas, keep in mind to not spill the water over the stone veneers and if you do, rinse them off with a water hose.
Repointing of Loose Stones
Shifting of the building and everyday vibrations can sometimes lead to slackened mortar between the stones and can lead to their falling off from the fixture. When the mortar has been falling off from the stones, repointing is necessary to make the stones rigid in their place. This increases the life of the stones. For repointing, fill a bag with vinyl induced mortar used to pave driveways. You can also add grout colouring if you need to match the accent of your grout. Apply pea-sized amounts of grout on the cracks and crevices that you find. Also, add the grout to areas where the mortar has thinned out. Use latex gloves to work the mortar inside the gaps. Wet your finger and level the mortar along the joints and crevices.
Cleaning the Stone Surface
Staining or discolouration is what makes the stones look hideous on the walls. Cleaning of the stones needs to be precise and only certain cleaning substances can be used to clean stone veneers. Use warm water to clean faux stones. Add some vinegar or dish soap to the mix to make a mild cleaning detergent. To scrub the grit off the stones, use a sponge dipped in the solution you made. Rub off any dirt or grit on the stones using the wet sponge and then rinse it off using a garden hose. Remember not to use a high pressurized sprayer on the stones and never use acidic cleaners on the stone veneers as they are not natural stones and will decay under the acidic influence.
If your stone veneer walls seem to have taken extensive damage and need some renewal work, it is better to contact a stone manufacturing agency and get your stone veneers repaired or replaced as per your requirements. For classic stone veneer exteriors, contact ECC-Crete.