Stone Floor Care

Cleaning Procedures and Recommendations
Things To Do and Not To Do
Nothing compares to the elegance and beauty of natural stone.

It delivers both unmatched beauty and practicality making it an investment you will never regret. But once you have it, how do you take care of it? The truth is, with very little effort, your natural stone will give you years and years of low maintenance service.

Refer to this page to arm you with everything you need to know about stone floor care and maintaining your natural stone and tile.

ESSENTIAL CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR NATURAL STONE SURFACES

Floor Surfaces Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness. Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt and grit that can scratch a stone floor. Be sure that the underside of the mat or rug is a non-slip surface. Do not use vacuum cleaners that are worn, the metal or plastic attachments may scratch the surface.
General Cleaning Stone floors should always be vacuumed prior to applying your cleaning solution. We recommend a HEPA vacuum or a central vacuum using a soft bristle cleaning tool. Vacuuming tools remove damaging abrasive soils instead of spreading and unknowingly scratching your stone floors. Clean stone surfaces with a cleaner designed safe for natural stone, such as our Neutral Cleaner. Use a clean mop or Cuban mop system (see maintenance in Tile and Grout section) on floors, and a soft cloth for other surfaces for best results. Don't use more than the recomended amount of any cleaning product. Too much may leave a film, causing streaks. Change rinse water frequently. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble, travertine or limestone as these can etch the surface of the stone. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.

Bath and Other Wet Areas In the bath/ shower or other wet areas, soap scum can be minimized by using a squeegee after each use.

Counter/Vanity Top Surfaces Clean your countertops daily with a soft cloth or paper towel and a residue free pH neutral cleaner designated safe for natural stone.

  • If Streaking Occurs - Buff the countertop with a clean white terry cloth or paper towel if streaking occurs.

  • Use a Good Stone Polish Occasionally - Applying a good stone polish to the surface of the countertop will help prevent staining.

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