Your natural stone worktops are durable but they are not completely invincible. There are a few factors that can cause damage such as cracks, chips, stains and etching. Potted plants are sometimes the culprit when it comes to stone damage. Here’s what you need to know about this type of damage.
Stain or etching
The first thing you need to do is move your plant to a safe spot and inspect the damage more closely. You need to determine whether it has caused a stain or etch. In general, stain are usually darker than the colour of the stone because the stone has absorbed the contaminant. Etching is normally lighter than the colour of the stone and it can feel rough to the touch. If the pot is resting directly on the stone, it can leave a dark ring under the pot. This means that moisture has penetrated and stained the stone. If the moisture that gathers under the pot is acidic, it can cause etching.
The first thing you need to do is remove the plant and clean the surface with a heavy duty stone cleaner. This will help ensure a deep clean. Make sure that you only use an approved stone cleaner and use according to directions. Rinse the surface thoroughly and allow it to dry before inspecting the area. You may need a poultice to remove a stain since it will help break down the stain and draw it out. Minor etching can be removed with polishing compound or powder. More serious etching might need to be professionally removed.
Remember, the best approach is always prevention. So, when you place your plant on some kind of tray so that the water and soil from the plant will not come into direct contact with the stone surface.