Stone floor maintenance tricks
If you love something dearly, it will love you back. Not always true for humans, but definitely for inanimate things. And you don’t even need to love them but just take care of them and their needs.
Now, you may be oblivious to the little things in your life but the floor that you walk on is something that you really can’t ignore. So the sooner you start paying attention to them, the longer they will look pretty and serve you. As Natural stones (like marble & granite) are most commonly used for flooring lets understand them better so that we can maintain stone floors better.
There are two kinds of Natural Stones:
- Composed mainly of silica or quartz-like particles
- Durable and relatively easy to clean with mild acidic cleaning solutions
- Types: granite, slate, sandstone, quartzite, brownstone, and bluestone
- Composed mainly of calcium carbonate
- Sensitive to acidic cleaning products
- Types: marble, travertine, limestone, and onyx
Cleaning Do’s and Don’ts
Just a few precautions can go a long way. Follow these simple dos and don’ts and effectively maintain stone floors at your home so that they Live Long and Prosper!
- DO Blot up spills immediately (Marble is porous and stains very easily)
- DO Use rugs at outdoor entrances to prevent grit from being tracked onto the tile flooring.
- DO Remove any loose debris.
- DO Vacuum regularly
- DO Mop floors frequently
- DO Clean surfaces with mild detergent and plain water (lukewarm)
- DO Thoroughly rinse and dry the surface with clean soft cloth
- DO Protect floor surfaces with non-slip mats or area rugs
- DO Accompany daily cleanings with periodic deep cleanings.
- DO NOT Wipe spills as it will spread
- DO NOT Use any cleaners containing acids like harpic (for calcareous stones like marble)
- DO NOT Mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas
- DO NOT Ever mix chemicals together unless directions specifically instruct you to do so
- DO NOT Use vacuum cleaners that are worn. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the stone’s surface
- DO NOT Use any oil-based detergents, wax cleaners, or sealants
- DO NOT Use agents that contain any dyes
- DO NOT Use steel wool pads, because the loose steel particles may cause rust stains in the grout
Precautions for Stone Counter-tops:
- Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices.
- Do not place hot items right off a stove or out of an oven directly on the stone surface.
- Use trivets or mats under hot dishes and place-mats under china, ceramics, silver, or other objects that can scratch the surface.
- For calcareous stones, many common foods and drinks contain acids that will etch or dull the stone surface.
In conclusion, be nice to the things that you own. They may not have feelings but they do appreciate your attention. 🙂