Proper maintenance of natural-stone flooring boils down to realizing that Mother Nature created and nurtured the beautiful surfaces of your home, and now it’s up to you to care for them. The finishing process stone tiles go through prior to installation isn’t natural. The polished limestone floors that adorn your foyer didn’t look like that in the quarries, and they could revert to their unfinished look if they’re neglected. Depending on the type of stone your floor tiles are made of, mopping may not be enough to keep them looking like new. If you’re not sure how to clean granite and natural-stone floors, here are some recommendations you can follow to preserve the appearance of your stone flooring.
Start with Dry Sweeping
Dry soil is the accumulation of dust, dirt, lint, and grit that can be easily dealt with by frequent sweeping. For most natural-stone floors, the right sweeping frequency should be one to three times per week depending on foot traffic and household lifestyle. In some cases, you may need to sweep more than once a day or at least a few times per week. One example would be slate flooring with a brushed finish because the natural holes can become plugged with dry soil. Microfiber sweepers are the only kind you should use, and it pays to invest a little more on the ones with replaceable heads if you have marble flooring.
Use Vacuum Attachments for Hard-to-Reach Spots
Smaller vacuum cleaner attachments that are angled and easy to handle can help you pick up dry soil in areas where the sweeper is too large to fit. The best attachments to use have soft bristles at the bottom to trap lint. Make sure the attachment you use doesn’t scratch your flooring, and avoid dragging it. All dry soil should be picked up before you can move on to the mopping process.
Check out this quick video to learn how to use Granite Gold Stone & Tile Floor Cleaner®:
Choose the Right Tools and Cleaners
You should only use a granite stone and tile floor cleaner on your tiles that’s safe for natural stone, such as Granite Gold Stone & Tile Floor Cleaner®. Don’t risk using common household cleaning products because you could weaken the seal, stain the surface, dull the professional finish, or even cause an abrasive chemical reaction. A string or sponge mop is the best option for mopping stone. Take a good look at the grouting and determine if it needs to be cleaned. If this is the case, you should use a brush that’s safe to use on natural stone (like the one that comes with each bottle of Granite Gold Grout Cleaner®), and this would be the first step before mopping.
Don’t Use Too Much Water
When using Granite Gold Stone & Tile Floor Cleaner, you’ll need to mix 2-4 ounces of the cleaner with a gallon of hot or cold water. However, you shouldn’t soak the mop too much before using it on the flooring. When mop heads pick up dry soil, they trap particles within the cloth material, but only if they’re not dripping wet. The mops only need to be damp, and you can mop in a circular or square motion, whichever is easier for you to cover the entire surface. Also make sure to change the water as it becomes soiled.
To learn more about caring for flooring made of granite, marble, slate, and other types of natural stone, reach out to Granite Gold®. All of our products are safe to use on all types of natural-stone surfaces. Give us a call today at 1-800-475-STONE (7866), and make sure to like our Facebook page as well.
Lenny Sciarrino (aka Lenny S) and Lenny Pellegrino (aka Lenny P) grew up in the family business and are co-founders of Granite Gold®.