Coasters should be used under all glasses, particularly those with alcohol or citrus content. Avoid placing hot items directly on the stone surface. Trivets or mats should be used under hot dishes and placemats under china, ceramics, silver or other objects that could scratch the surface. For calcareous (chalky) stones, many common foods and drinks that contain acids will etch or dull the surface.

Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap, or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Use a clean soft cloth for best results. Excessive cleaner or soap could leave a film and cause streaks. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar, or other acids or bleach on marble or limestone. The surface should be thoroughly rinsed after washing with the soap solution and dried with a soft cloth. Avoid the use of scouring powders or creams; these abrasives will scratch the surface.