Natural stone floors are a gorgeous addition to any home. They have begun rising in popularity from being used in the foyer and hallways to the entire main floor space. If you have made the decision to incorporate this beautiful flooring option in your home, you will find that it is vital to have the proper information for keeping your floors looking as good as the day they were installed. For expert advice on the topic, we wrote a brief article that we think you may find helpful. Let’s take a look!
The first order of business to take care of is having the floors properly sealed when they are installed; it can be especially important if your new floors are in a high-moisture area like the bathroom or kitchen. Be sure that the space between your floor and walls is properly caulked as well to prevent future cracking caused by water leaking through to the subfloor. Be aware that natural stone floors will need to be resealed in the future; how often depends on what material you have chosen and what is recommended by the installer. It is important to always keep the floors protected, so be sure to have this conversation before the installation.
Keep in mind that accidents are bound to happen. For this reason, you should order a few extra pieces in case a section is irreversibly damaged. Having to order a replacement from a different lot may cause the replaced piece to stand out more than usual, so it is good to have a few spare ones from your original order.
When it comes to everyday maintenance, be sure to sweep up dirt and dust often with a softer bristle broom. Foot traffic can cause damage by spreading around any unswept debris and scratching the surface of the floor, making it look worn and dull early-on. You also do not want a thick, abrasive broom to do the scratching for you either; a softer material is the best way to go. If you must use a vacuum, be sure that it has a hard floor setting and it does not utilize the beater bar. Always make sure to clean up liquid messes promptly as well to prevent the grout from becoming stained.
For wet cleaning, a once-a-week cleaning with a damp mop and warm water with a mild detergent will do the job. When your flooring is installed be sure to ask which cleaners are safest to use on your particular choice of material. Be sure not to use any cleaning products with ammonia, lemon or vinegar in their ingredients list. These can damage the sealer and stain the grout. Also, refrain from using waxes as this will dull the floor’s finish. If you, unfortunately, do stain the grout, we recommend checking with the manufacturer for the best recommendation.
Finally, we recommend investing in a professional deep cleaning every few years to keep your floors looking beautiful and new. If you have any more questions on your floor’s maintenance and care, please do not hesitate to call or visit us. Thank you for choosing Century Tile for all of your flooring needs.