Smart flooring shoppers are also maintenance wise
In a sense, the earth has been storing and “protecting” your natural stone floor for ages. Now it’s up to you to continue caring for it.
In this section you’ll find useful information, interesting facts and smart tips on preserving and protecting your valuable natural stone flooring investment and ensuring its timeless beauty far into the future.
Understanding the maintenance required of you can also play a role in deciding which type of natural stone flooring you choose in the first place.
All reasons why we called on our years of natural stone experience to offer this important section to you.
So read on. Learn how to care for your natural stone flooring and it will “take care” of your needs and expectations for years to come.
Here’s the dirt on keeping your floor clean.Sand, dirt and grit do the most harm to natural stone flooring because of their abrasiveness.
Mop floors frequently using a clean, non-treated, dry dust mop or broom.
A vacuum cleaner is useful, particularly on textured floors, but it needs to be in good shape and have no beater bar to prevent scratching your beautiful floor.
Vacuum cleaner attachments are also helpful for tough to reach areas.
Be preventative. Walk-off mats or area rugs on either side of exterior entrances will help collect loose dirt before it gets to your stone floor.
The underside of the mat or rug should have a non-slip surface.
Keep these mats clean, too. So shake, shake, shake!
Damp mopping your natural stone floor will go a long way in keeping it beautiful for years.
Call on us to recommend specialty products designed for use on your stone floors.
Always blot spills ASAP. A neutral pH detergent or pure soap, such as Liquid Ivory, and warm water, can be used for spills or periodic complete cleaning.
Always rinse the floor completely and dry the surface with a soft, clean cloth. Too much cleaner or soap can leave a film and cause streaking. Change your rinse water often.
Don’t use products containing lemon juice, vinegar or other acids on marble, limestone or travertine.
Avoid applying products that have abrasive cleaners, cleansers (dry or soft) or any ammonia-based cleaners. These products will dull a stone floor’s luster.
Also, don’t use retail grout cleaners, scouring powders or bathroom tub and tile cleaners on your stone.
Never mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas!
To remove algae or moss from your stone in outdoor pool, patio or hot tub areas, flush with clear water and apply a mild bleach solution.
Finally, keep the following in mind. After your natural stone flooring is installed, you’re responsible for maintaining caulking in heavy water-use areas to prevent damage.
Also, be careful when moving heavy objects across your stone flooring to prevent scratching or chipping.
Cover furniture legs and table legs with protectors to guard your floor against damage.
Recall that each type of stone has its own level of porosity; that means certain stone floors will be more susceptible to staining than others.
So, based upon your style of living, activity, and the type of stone you choose, sealing your stone flooring may be a worth considering.
We recommend that a dependable professional do the sealing.
Stone flooring is a work of nature that requires a little work by you.
Smart shoppers, and wise homeowners, will invest time and effort to insure this flooring maintains its enduring beauty and charming character for years.