You take care of your family of course. But you also take care of the material things in your life, like clothes and cars, jewels and tools.
Because they’re an investment, and a source of pride, or practicality.
If you’re going to make natural stone a flooring solution for the way you live, you owe it the same care and attention.
Maintain your natural stone flooring investment and it will reward you and your home for many, many years to come.
Plus, knowing what’s expected of you regarding floor upkeep can be a determining factor in the type of natural stone flooring you purchase.
That’s why we put this section together for you. It’s about the care, considerations and cautions of maintaining a natural stone floor. Your floor.
So check over the following advice and be a little smarter about smart and stylish, ancient and arresting natural stone flooring.
Our best advice is to fight dirty.
Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness.
Floors should be dust mopped frequently using a clean, non-treated dry dust mop or broom.
A vacuum cleaner can be very helpful, especially on textured floors, but it needs to be in good condition and have no beater bar, so as to avoid scratching your beautiful floor.
Vacuum cleaner attachments are also useful for hard to reach areas.
Be preventative. Walk-off mats or area rugs on either side of exterior entrances will help collect loose dirt before it reaches your stone floor.
Make sure that the underside of the mat or rug has a non-slip surface.
These mats need to be kept clean, as well. So shake, shake, shake!
For stone floors, these do’s and don’ts rock.
Damp mopping your natural stone floor will help keep it looking beautiful for life.
Your retailer or Manufacture can suggest specialty products designed for use on your stone floors. These are highly recommended.
Always blot spills immediately. A neutral pH detergent or pure soap, such as Liquid Ivory, and warm water, can be used for spills or periodic complete cleaning.
Be sure to rinse the floor thoroughly and dry the surface with a soft, clean cloth. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Change your rinse water frequently.
Do not use products that contain lemon juice, vinegar or other acids on marble, limestone or travertine.
You should avoid using products that contain abrasive cleaners, cleansers (dry or soft) or any ammonia-based cleaners on any stone. These products will dull its luster.
Also, do not use retail grout cleaners, scouring powders or bathroom tub and tile cleaners on your stone.
For heavens sake please don't 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 use a mild bleach solution.
And a few final reminders.
You should know that once your natural stone is installed it is your responsibility to properly maintain caulking in heavy water-use areas to prevent damage.
Additionally, it’s best to take care when moving heavy objects across your stone floor to avoid scratching or chipping. Get a small army to help you move that dining room table.
Cover furniture and table legs with protectors to guard your floor against damage.
Remember that each stone has its own level of porosity which makes some stone floors more susceptible to staining than others.
So, based upon your lifestyle and the type of stone you choose, sealing your stone may be an option to consider.
We recommend that the sealing be performed by a reliable professional.
To many, a home showcasing natural stone is the dream of a lifetime.
We believe its beauty, elegance and pure uniqueness will last a lifetime as well, if it is cared for properly.