Regardless of which natural stone flooring product you’ve chosen, sand and dirt can damage your natural stone’s surface because they are abrasive materials. This means that regular cleaning of your new natural stone floor is a must if your new floor’s good looks and durability are to last for many years. Use a vacuum to remove the surface dirt from your floor if it’s textured. However remove the beater bar if the vacuum has one because the bristles on the bar may be tough enough to scratch your stone flooring’s surface. A simple dust mop works well, and so will a broom. You can also use a damp mop after vacuuming.
You can also use an area rug or mat with a non-slip surface at your home’s entrance ways to collect the dirt on people’s shoes before it gets to your new stone flooring.
Important cleaning information
You should use regular damp mopping to keep your natural stone floor looking its best. However, it’s a good idea to talk with a local flooring retailer or product manufacturer who can recommend special cleaning materials specifically prepared to keep natural stone floors clean. Be sure to wipe up any spills as soon as they occur. Use a mild soap, not a harsh detergent for a really good cleaning. Liquid Ivory is a good, mild soap product that works work well. Remember that using too much cleaning solution or soap may deposit a film or cause streaks on the stone’s surface, so rinse well and replace your rinse water often.
Avoid using cleaning products that contain vinegar, lemon juice or any other acids on marble, travertine or limestone flooring. Also be sure to avoid any abrasive or ammonia-based cleaning materials. These products will detract from your natural stone floor’s luster. Moreover, some commercial grout cleaners, scouring powders or tub and tile cleaners meant mainly for use in bathrooms, can damage the finish on your stone flooring. If you wish to remove algae or moss from your stone surfaces installed in outdoor patio, pool, or hot tub areas, just flush the stone with clear water and, if necessary, utilize only mild bleach mixed with clean water.
Be extremely careful when moving heavy furniture or other items across natural stone floors indoors or outdoors. This will help you to avoid scratching or chipping your floor surface. You can obtain low cost foot pads for furniture or make your own to prevent any damage.
If your flooring installation includes any form of caulking or grouting between the stones, it’s important to take good care of the caulking in areas that are susceptible to water, because you surely don’t want water to seep down and collect under your flooring. Also, keep in mind that each stone has its own porosity characteristics. And, as you might suspect, the more porous the stone, the more likely it is to stain. That’s one good reason why sealing your natural stone floor may be an excellent thing to do through the services of a reliable flooring professional.