stone info & care

stone is a natural substrate and is formed over millions of years of sedimentary and metamorphic processes – fossilized deposits, like fern spore and partially formed crystals, are often apparent.
we cannot guarantee exact replicas of colour and markings of the sample surfaces at our showroom – surfaces on display can be purchased, please discuss with sales assistant.

NOTE
stone surfaces are NOT attached to the table frames they simply rest on them.
when correctly centred the natural weight is sufficient to prevent it from moving.
please ensure that the person cleaning the table or area around it is aware of this. most breakages, especially of smaller surfaces, occur during cleaning or moving.

sandstone – naboomspruit classic

sandstone is a dense fine-grained sedimentary stone supplied from local quarries in mpumalanga.
the colour is a subtle spectrum of ochre, light brown, grey and rose and varies according to the depth of the quarry.
the markings or pattern are determined by the cut.
sandstone is a neutral substance i.e. does not react to acidic related substances, but it is very porous.

flower cut / vein cut

sealing

stone surfaces are sealed at our factory with a penetrating sealant to help prevent stains.
to maintain the integrity of this seal we recommend a regular application of the BELLINZONI SPRAY POLISH (see frequency recommendations below)

NOTE unsealed stone will acquire marks from spillage, but these will fade with exposure to the weather. the cleaning process will soften marks as the subtrate takes on a patina of time and a history of long remembered meals.

maintenance

acquaint yourself with the following maintenance advice

  • wipe up spillages promptly – always clean the table surface after meals with a damp cloth.
  • wash the stone often with WATER OR very dilute PRONATURE PLANT SOAP DO NOT use harsh scouring cleaning material and strong detergents – they will compromise the life of the seal
  • apply BELLINZONI SPRAY POLISH sparingly but regularly with a soft cloth.

frequency of application of spray polish

home ordomestic use -1 x 2 month
commercial use – 1 x 1 month
NOTE stone will benefit greatly from regular (weekly) spraying with the garden hose. this eliminates fine deposits of dirt that accumulate in the ‘micro- geography’ of the stone. wetting the stone helps to determine whether the seal is intact.

if colour of the stone remains unchanged and the water pearls in droplets on the surface then it is well sealed surface. if the stone darkens, absorbing the water then the seal is compromised and starting to deteriorate. follow the procedure below

resealing stone

NOTE This is a wet and messy process and is best done in a shaded, protected area

  1. remove any dirt and the residue of old sealer BEFORE applying a new sealer.
    if available clean the stone with a high pressure water hose.
  2. to remove stuborn marks use a strong house hold cleaner like Jik.
    apply and allow it to lie on the surface to penetrate. Scour the whole surface and edge thoroughly with scotch brite pads in small over-lapping circular movements.
  3. wash thoroughly with clean water. remove excess water then dry the surface with a cloth. ONLY apply stone sealer when the surface is 100% dry.
  4. spread sealer evenly over the whole surface with a flat sponge or cloth.
    NOTE large surfaces will require 2 people working together.
  5. apply a 2nd coat of stone sealer before the 1st coat dries – this is a wet on wet process. Wipe up the excess sealant thoroughly to avoid application marks.
  6. allow 12 hours to cure before using – maintain the surface as advised.

moving stone

stone surfaces are NOT attached to the table frames for easier installation and moving. when moving or relocating large stone surfaces make sure of the following

  • stone should be dry, they are 50% heavier and vulnerable when wet.
  • stone must be evenly supported along the length when it is carried. i.e. have enough men …or women all round…. but never 2 macho men on either end of a long one!
  • transporting by vehicle – horizontally – the surface should be 100% flat on the bed of the vehicle OR vertically with 100% of the length of the edge flat on the bed and secured to the side of the vehicle.
  • use suitable protection – blankets work well.
  • when moving to remote areas on dirt roads or exporting and shipping, it is advisable to crate the stone. contact us for acquiring a good quality reinforced cardboard crate from REBUL
     

HEAR YE NOW GOOD PEOPLE….

hot pots – do not place directly on table surfaces.
pot plants – always use a drip tray and lift and clean underneath them.
earthenware crockery – if rough underneath they will scratch the surface if dragged across it.
candle wax – cover with thick brown paper and apply a warm iron – the paper will absorb the wax.
bird droppings – first moisten with water and clean with a damp cloth.
fruit trees – avoid placing tables under these if possible or cover during fruiting season.
wine, coffee, oil etc. – wipe these spillages when they occur and clean as recommended.

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