How to care for stone floors

Caring for Stone Flooring

Your stone floors have character. They bring color and texture into your home--and you want to keep them looking their best.

Luckily, with proper care your stone floors will stay vibrant for as long as you have your home.

Tip One: Keep dirt off your stone floors

Dirt tracked in from outdoors is not only--well--dirty, it’s abrasive and can scratch the surface of your stone. Capture dirt before it causes trouble with welcome mats placed both inside and outside exterior doors. Shake the mats out regularly (at least once a week) to keep them doing their job.

What gets past your welcome mats sweep up with a dust mop or broom (daily). You can use a vacuum, but make sure the beater bar is turned off or it may damage your stone.

Tip 2: Protect your stone flooring

Stone floors, particularly those in your kitchen or bath, need to be sealed to protect them from staining. You contractor should apply an impregnating sealer when your stone is installed. The sealer fills tiny spaces, or pores, that exist between the grains of the stone. If left unsealed your stone could absorb liquids like coffee, Kool-Aid, or hair dye. 

The sealer will help protect your stone from etching, too. Etching is permanent damage that happens when certain stones (marble, limestone, travertine, and others in this family) are exposed to acids. Some of the most common culprits for etching are wine, vinegar, and citrus.

Tip 3: Cleaning stone floors

In addition to daily sweeping, clean your stone floors regularly with a pH neutral cleaner. Avoid harsh and acidic cleaning products that contain bleach, ammonia, vinegar, lemon, or orange. In a pinch, use dish soap, but rinse thoroughly or it will leave behind a filmy residue. 

The best cleaning product for your stone floors is Supreme Surface Stone Flooring Cleaner & Conditioner. It’s an all natural formula that’s easy to use (just spray on and wipe off), non-toxic, pH balanced, and contains a proprietary conditioner (called ioSeal) that polishes and protects your stone tiles. 

Tip 4: Handle your stone floor with care

Finally, take care when moving heavy objects like furniture across your stone floors. This is an easy way to scratch or ding your stone. Always use felt protectors and whenever possible carry rather than drag the object.

Congratulations on being the proud owner of sleek natural stone floors. With a little TLC they’ll look brand new for decades to come.

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