How to Care for Your Natural Stone Floor Tiles - 8 Practical Tips

Maintaining your natural stone floor tiles shouldn’t be difficult or time consuming, thanks to natural stone’s outstanding durability and its low maintenance requirements. You don’t have to bother much with repairs either. Here are 8 practical tips that you should consider.

  • Reseal your stone floor tiles at least every 2 or 3 years, depending on the amount of traffic that occurs. For best results use high-quality sealants and hire professionals to do the sealing for you. When thinking about resealing, you need to consider the type and quality of the stone floor. Limestone flooring, for example, usually requires more frequent resealing than granite or marble flooring.

  • Remove spills from the floor tiles immediately after they occur. Seemingly innocent stains like those from fruit juices, beverages, or alcohol can damage your flooring if not removed. The same is true for stains. Warm water and a soft cloth or a mop should be enough for removing most spills and stains, but sometimes a special stone floor cleaner becomes necessary.
  • Keep sand and dirt away from your stone floor. These two substances can cause much damage to your stone floor, even when they come in small quantities. Mats and rugs can and should keep them away. But what you really want to do, when possible, is to make visitors take off their shoes before entering your house. Use slippers with a soft sole and sweep the floor often.

  • Never use standard household cleaners for your floor. These often contain acids or other powerful cleaning substances that dull the luster of your limestone or travertine flooring, or even damage it. Use instead water and soap or other special floor cleaners, and when you’re done rinse the floor with clean water and then dry it with a soft cloth.
  • Don’t overclean your floor tiles. Cleaning your floor too much can be just as bad as not cleaning it enough, because you can take off the shine of the stone. Natural stone requires low maintenance, so don’t make a fuss about it. Chances are your car is in need of cleaning more than your floor tiles are.
  • Use a mild bleaching solution to remove moss or algae. These grown often in stone floors installed outdoors, but can also occur in patios, the areas around the tub, and more generally in all damp chambers.
  • Add plastic or rubber protectors to the legs of your chairs, tables, or cupboards to prevent them from scraping your floor when they are moved. The wheels of furniture, rolling chairs for example, must be constantly cleaned, else they will gather dust that could scratch the flooring.
  • Keep a few spare natural stone floor tiles at hand. Sometimes no matter how careful you are with your stone floor damage will occur. It will be convenient then to have some spare stones, to make sure that the repair will be fast, and that after it your floor will look just like before.

Look after your stone floor well!

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