The majority of residential homes have tile and grout covering the floors in at least a few areas of the home. Places where the moisture content is high are the likely places, such as bathrooms and kitchens; many people also prefer tile in the laundry room and entry way. With so many options in tile, it is safe to say many homes could have combination of natural stone tile and man-made tile. Both varieties offer benefits and maintenance is comparably easier than other options. But where the different types of tile require maintenance and cleaning specific to either natural stone or man-made stone, we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to further elaborate on the maintenance and cleaning of natural stone versus man-made tile.
Popular Natural Stone Types
No two pieces of natural stone tile are identical, giving people the beauty and unique design for their floors. Depending on the type of stone, you can see degrees of low to high variations in the veining, shading, and colors. Among others, the common natural stone tiles used in homes are travertine, slate, marble, granite, limestone, and quartzite. For people who are wanting a uniformed and customized style, the ceramic and porcelain are commonly chosen from man-made tile options.
Natural Stone Tile Sealants
Natural stone tile requires sealants, which is one of the biggest differences between natural stone and man-made tile. Generally, the installer applies sealant to the tile and after it is grouted, they will apply another coat of sealant. However, over time due to the foot traffic and cleaning routines, the sealant eventually wears out. Homeowners should ensure their tile and grout is sealed before it is completely dissolved 1-2 times a year, depending on the surrounding circumstances. To keep soil, moisture, and other contaminants from absorbing into the tile and grout, the sealants are applied to act as a barrier of protection. Without the sealers, the grout and tile quickly become worn, dingy, and dull looking. If you are unsure if the sealant needs a fresh coat, you can conduct a quick and easy test. Simply pour no more than an ounce of water to the tile and grout. If the water absorbs under a minute, you need sealants. If you perform the sealant application, ensure the floor is deep cleaned first, otherwise you will trap the gunk under the sealer. Additionally, the floors will need to be completely dry after you clean them before applying the sealer. To ensure efficient results, investing in professional deep cleaning and sealing service is recommended.
Cleaning Tile & Grout
Natural stone cleaners can be formulated specific to the type of natural stone you have but are often generalized. Since the standard natural stone cleaner is not harsh enough to deplete the sealer or cause damage to the tile or grout, these cleaners are optimal on both natural and man-made tile. They will effectively clean the tile and grout without causing unnecessary harm. If you typically turn to DIY methods for cleaning, never use vinegar on your tile and grout. Acidic nature will eat through the sealer and cause potential damage to tile and grout over long-term use. To better protect your tile and grout from mildew and mold growth, squeegee the water off the shower and backsplashes after each use. Ensure you wipe up the excessive water from the floors and where applicable you control the moisture content by using your exhaust fans. To keep your tile and grout looking their best, be sure to remove the debris daily, and thoroughly mop your tile and grout once a week in addition to the professional deep cleans 1-2 times a year.
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At Silver State Floor Restoration, we specialize in tile and understand which stones need polishing, honing, sealing and can ensure the deepest professional clean possible to keep your tile and grout in optimal condition. Call us today for your tile and grout maintenance and cleaning services.