So now that we have learned and discussed the overview of stone floor types, it is now time to know how tile flooring and natural stone is cleaned and maintained to give it years of durability and good visual appeal. Taking care of it isn’t hard, but knowledge is power. It is important to know why it has to be properly maintained as well as the tools and cleaning supplies it needs. Stone flooring is an investment and one with a good return so to keep their sparkle over time it needs to be cleaned and maintained.
There are so many ways to clean a stone floor tile. In fact you can have home solutions for it. However, natural stones requires a different maintenance routine than the traditional. It should be cleaned with neutral cleaners that absolutely not containing acid or bleach as Acids or even just a light solution of vinegar and water such as lemon cleansers will etch and eventually can damage and harm the sealer of the natural stone. Therefore, proper and thorough cleaning is the very important.
For homely solutions it is advisable to use gentle products that within our reach and which we habitually use in the house for cleaning.
The best way to clean a natural stone, be it granite, sandstone, marble or slate is water with some PH neutral soap, like the one used in dishwashers. It is important to use a soft cloth or a soft brush to avoid scratches. Make sure to always keep the surface dry with a use of soft towel because if we just leave it to dry for itself, whitish spots without shine will be visible. In case you’re wondering how to bring out the shine in natural flooring stones? We’ve got 5 simple tricks for you do it at home below:
- A dose of salt works well. Pair it with a wet cloth and dry the surface with a separate soft cloth.
- Scrub with shining wax. Extra-virgin wax works too but don’t overdo it.
- Wet a mop with gasoline. Scrub and dry.
- Glass cleaners do the wonders too.
- Use a black shoe polish if you got black stones.
DO’s and DONT’s
- Use coasters under glasses, especially if the drink contains alcohol or citrus juices.
- Use Soft cloth with clean water if wiping the surfaces.
- Blot away the excess spills immediately to minimize permanent damage to the stone.
- Dust frequently countertops, islands, vanities and floors.
- Place trivets or mats under hot dishes or cookware.
- Don’t use products that contains lemon, vinegar or other acids.
- Don’t use creams or scouring powders as these products contains abrasives that scratches surfaces.
- Don’t use bleach and ammonia.
GUIDE FOR PROFESSIONAL CLEANING
- Inspect the floor to identify any limitations like stain removal, loss of grout in surfaces sensitive to cleaning solutions and areas that needs consideration before cleaning.
- Mask the base of units if needed. Use a low tack adhesive tape to protect from the possibility of over spraying the units while cleaning at high pressure.
- Vacuum floors and include the edges to remove any dry soiling prior to cleaning.
- Apply a specialist pre-spray to the surface of the stone and any grout lines. It allows to emulsify the surface soils.
- On releasing the emulsified soils from the floor. a special brush is used to scrub the surface of the floor.
Follow the guidelines thoroughly for proper care and maintenance. This is to ensure that your natural flooring products will provide you with a lifetime of aesthetics and utility