When it comes to the care of your stone floor, knowing what to avoid is just as important as knowing the basic cleaning and maintenance involved. To avoid damage other negative impacts, we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to take the opportunity to list important “do nots” when it comes to the care of your stone tile flooring.
Avoid Abrasive Cleaners on Natural Stone
Harsh cleansers can break down stone tile. For use on your specific type of stone, only use cleaners that are specifically labeled for them. If you are unsure, use water only. Avoid cleaners that contain abrasive ingredients like lemon juice, vinegar, or commercial products that include these ingredients, as it is very important. Even if the cleaner is something you use all the time on other areas of your home, double check the label and ensure it fits the criteria for your floors. Keep in mind it is common for manufacturers to alter ingredients.
Don’t Neglect Routine Cleaning of Natural Stone Surfaces
Every day, dirt and debris is being tracked on the floors from the bottom of your shoes and pet’s paws. Dust settles from being circulated in the air, and other drops can add to the debris on the floors. The particulates buildup on the nooks and crannies that can form into stubborn stains that are a challenge to remove. Additionally, debris is known to wear sealants and polish down, and leave behind scratches and other eyesores. Ideally, you want to sweep, dust mop, or vacuum to ensure the floors stay clean, and the condition and longevity is managed.
Vacuum Tile Floors with Caution
Many people prefer using the vacuum to clean their stone tile floors. The wrong vacuum can cause damage while you are busy cleaning. Wheels need to be in good repair, as worn or damaged wheels can create nicks and scratches on the surface as it scrapes and drags. Make certain the vacuum is either specifically designed for hard surface floors or you set it to bare floors so the beater bar is not operating as it can cause damage.
Don’t Use Scouring Pads & Brushes on Tile Floors
You may be tempted to put some elbow grease into removing them when stains or other tough marks develop on your stone floors. Using the scouring pads or hard-bristled brushes for washing down the floors will cause damage. When cleaning the stone floors, be sure to only use the appropriate cleaners with soft cloths.
Keep Hot Items Away from Stone Flooring
More of a bigger risk to stone countertops than floors, but still worth mentioning, hot items should be avoided, especially in the kitchen. Spilling boiling water or dropping hot food can result in serious damage. Be cautious when using heater or other appliances that contact the stone floor.
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Be sure to not neglect regularly scheduled professional cleaning as well. Call Silver State Floor Restoration for your cleaning, sealing, and polishing needs. Our experts are more than qualified to deliver quality services for your stone tile. With cleaning and sanitizing, our professionals can keep your tile looking amazing and in better condition.