Stone Floor: Tips on Cleaning it

stoneA well maintained and cared for stone floor will give you years of pleasure. It can look and feel like no other floor covering and can add thousands to the value of your property. Besides sweeping and mopping, there are many preventative and reactive measures you can employ to ensure that your stone floor looks as good as it possibly can. So here, we aim to give you some handy cleaning tips on how to remove marks that do happen despite your best efforts to avoid them.

What are stone floors actually made of?

This may sound like a silly question, because of course it’s made of stone, but the particular type of stone will determine the best ways of maintaining it.

The answer, is slate. A natural stone that is created when particles of clay and silt are fused together under intense pressure and extremely high temperatures. The bonding process produces a smooth outer surface, which means that liquids cannot penetrate that surface as the particles are so close together. The ultimate effect of this state of being, is that it is almost completely waterproof and stain resistant.

Caring for your floor

Even slate flooring isn’t 100% impervious to spills and stains unless it has been treated with a sealant. Available from any good hardware store, this sealant provides a barrier and removes any last chance that any errant liquid can pass through.

So, your floor is sealed. How do you keep it clean?

You could get your floor done by a professional cleaning company and that would be a good starting point, but it is something you can do yourself in between these visits.

Below are some tips to follow that should mean you are maintaining your slate to a great standard.

  1. Your floor needs to be debris free firstly, so either sweep it thoroughly to begin with, or vacuum it on a ‘no pile’ setting.
  2. Sweep in the same direction with each stroke to minimize flicking bits back to where you’ve already covered. It can happen very easily on a smooth stone floor.
  3. Use a mild detergent or just water to mop your floor. This should do a perfectly adequate job.
  4. Any mopped area should be largely free of surface water and lather. If you are finding it difficult to remove suds, then try again with a more diluted solution.
  5. Lastly, clear your floor at a time when its not going to get walked on. As it is best ‘air’ dried naturally. The last thing you want are little errant footprints all over your hard work.

Stains

If you are faced with stains to remove despite regular housekeeping, then you must take care not to use harsh chemicals or abrasive brushes. Doing so could discolour or damage your precious stone floor.

If you’re not sure, even after reading this, then it is recommended you seek out professional advice. It is better to be safe than sorry.

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