Spring has arrived, and with it that energetic urge so many of us get to clean up our homes and gardens in readiness for summer!
Even if you’re not feeling particularly energetic, it’s a good time to summon the enthusiasm a rewarding project for spring – particularly if you have fabulous faux stone walls that need attention.
It’s impossible to keep everything clean and tidy, particularly outside walls and structures that most of us hardly notice in the winter months. Stone surfaces, including those that are made by man using lookalike stone products, generally stand up to the elements fairly well. But dirt and dust, and even mold and mildew can make a mess when we aren’t paying attention.
Fortunately, nearly everything can be scrubbed clean, and this includes faux stone walls, whatever material they are made from.
Faux Stone Walls
The most common faux stone is molded from real stone and then cast, either as solid units or a thinner veneer, using an architectural grade concrete mix that contains cement, sand, very fine stone chips, and water. It’s considerably easier to prepare and lay than natural stone and costs a lot less.
The Georgia-based manufactured stone and brick company, Native Custom Stone (NCS), produces an incredibly realistic stone veneer that can be installed without a concrete foundation for support. The company also manufactures a stone panel product, Go-Stone, that is made partly from recycled rubber tires.
How to Clean Faux Stone Walls
- First, you need to hose the surface down to get rid of loose dirt, dust, and debris. Do not use a pressure washer to try and clean faux stone, it can damage it.
- Then you need to scrub any remaining dirt from the surface. NCS recommends using a mild laundry detergent mixed with warm to hot water, and a medium-bristle brush.
- Then hose the surface again to remove the detergent and soap suds.
- Let the surface dry thoroughly.
How to Seal Faux Stone Walls
The last step will be to seal your clean faux stone wall.
Native Custom Stone has developed a Natural Shield stone sealer that is not only suitable for NCS veneer surfaces, but also any other type of manufactured stone, natural stone, and even stucco, paving stones, and brick. It is particularly effective for repelling water, and it minimizes the effects of freeze/thaw damage, cracking, stains, efflorescence, and general dirt and grime. It is also resistant to oil.
Once your clean faux stone surface is completely dry, apply the sealer with a brush, roller, or spray according to the instructions on the packaging.
If your faux stone walls were created using NCS’s Go-Stone veneer, because it is a DIY product, chances are you installed it yourself. Presuming you followed the manufacturer’s instructions, you will also have sealed the surface with native Custom Stone’s Natural Shield stone sealer. That will have made it even easier to clean. But don’t omit the final sealing step – it will pay in the long run … probably next spring! In the meantime, all you will need to do is wipe dirty surfaces with a damp cloth, or hose with clean water.
Another advantage is that Natural Shield can be recoated to surfaces without any special preparation – other than ensuring the surface is clean and dry. And you simply clean brushers and rollers using soap and water before they dry.
Contact Native Custom Stone for more information about products or prices, or buy online from Build Direct or Home Depot.