When it comes to cleaning stains from granite, travertine, and slate floors, you cannot use just any old product you have on hand. Many commercial cleaners contain ingredients that can damage the material, break down the protective seal, and put your stone at risk for dullness, stains, etches, and other damage. People who use commercial cleaners typically have to pay to repair or replace their granite, travertine, or slate flooring over time. However, if you take the time to do it right, your floors will look great and last for many years to come.
Cleaning the Stain
Depending on the type of stain, you can use an ammonia-free stone cleaning product like Granite Gold Daily Cleaner®, which was created specifically for use on granite. Spray the cleaner on the stain from 6 to 8 inches away, then use a paper towel or lint-free cloth to wipe the stain. Always wipe in straight lines in the direction of the grain. Finally, dry the area with a fresh paper towel or lint-free cloth. Microfiber cloths are a great option. Allowing the stain to dry on its own may lead to further staining. Some stains may require the use of a poultice. If neither of these approaches work, hire a professional stone restoration specialist with the proper tools and training.
Cleaning the Entire Floor
Regular cleanings can help keep your floors in good shape and prevent major stains. This is especially true in high-traffic areas. Start by sweeping or vacuuming the floor to remove excess dirt. Next, use a product like Granite Gold Squeeze & Mop Floor Cleaner® to cover the floor. You do not need to dilute it with water. Use a soft string or sponge mop or towels to mop like you would with any other product. Allow the floor to dry naturally. There is no rinsing necessary.
The best way to handle stains on granite, slate, or travertine floors is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. One way to do this is to monitor the protective sealing. The Stone Care Experts at Granite Gold® recommend sealing frequently, but you can also perform a water test to see if the current seal on your floor is not doing its job. Simply pour a little water to form an approximately 3-inch circle in several spots on the floor, then wait for half an hour. If the water forms a dark ring, it is time to reseal with a product such as Granite Gold Sealer®.
Aside from frequent sealing, there are some other precautions you can take to minimize the risk of future stains on slate, travertine, and slate floors:
- Keep doormats at your doors to reduce the amount of dirt brought into the house
- Place items that could scratch the floor on a rubber mat
- Use a protector under plants to prevent water stains
- Check your broom and vacuum before using them to make sure they are not dirty
Remember to avoid polishing stone floors, as they can become dangerously slippery. If you’d like additional tips on cleaning stains on floors and other stone surfaces, reach out to Granite Gold® today. We are a family company with stone care expertise that spans three generations. Call 1-800-475-STONE to learn more.