For homes and businesses alike, there are many tile options and applications available. Offered in different sizes, colors, and styles, consumers can use both natural stone and manmade materials for their tile. Few give little thought to the maintenance involved and the vulnerabilities tile have as they usually just pick it for the way it looks. Though many think “tile is tile”, different types of tile require specific overall care and maintenance. With this in mind, we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to offer the dos and don’ts of concerning natural stone tile care and maintenance.
Natural Stone Care Do’s
1) Drinks should be placed on coasters, especially for beverages derived of alcohol or acidic content. Susceptible stones are marble, onyx, and travertine; and he acidic compounds, including the acid in food and drinks can cull the surfaces.
2) A weekly deep clean should be implemented with daily surface cleaning for the tile and grout is necessary.
3) Your natural stone tile should be having all dirt, dust, and debris from the surface on a daily basis.
4) Accidental spills need to be immediately cleaned up.
Natural Stone Care Don’ts
1) Be sure to keep a dish pad or mat between the tile surface and hot items, so you never place hot plates or cookware directly on the stone.
2) Abrasive cleaners like soft or dry cleansers, as well as vinegar, lemon juices, or citrus or acid-based cleaners should never be used on bathroom, grout or tub and tile cleaners.
3) Do not mix bleach and ammonia, it is very toxic.
Maintenance for Natural Stone Flooring
1) Use a damp mop with plain water more often than chemical cleaners when the tile floors need a washing. Always be sure your specific tile has the appropriate cleaner when it requires more cleaning than water but in a pinch mild vegetable should work on most natural stone.
2) Wipe up spills quickly.
3) Remove the debris daily by using a dust mopping, sweeps or vacuuming on the bare floor setting.
4) Place rugs in high traffic areas to better protect your stone floors.
Maintenance for Natural Stone Bathroom Vanity & Kitchen Countertops
1) Avoid letting acidic products contact the countertops, and quickly treat spills.
2) Immediately follow-up with a dry cloth to reduce streaking following the wiping down of the countertops with a damp cloth.
3) Only use appropriate detergents specific for your natural stone tile when water is not cutting it.
Maintenance for Natural Stone Shower Walls
1) To minimize the soap scum buildup, use a squeegee after every use.
2) Only apply the designated cleaners specific to your natural stone tile to remove soap scum; using other cleaners can potentially lead to corrosion.
3) Routinely evaluate the grout and caulk lines and make the needed repairs as soon as possible if you notice any signs of damage and wear.