How to Clean Natural Stone Floors

Stone floors can add a natural beauty to your home’s aesthetic. But before you decide on a natural stone floor installation for your home, it’s important to consider the upkeep. We’re sharing our pro tips on how to clean your natural stone floors, as well as steps you can take to maintain your stone floor’s natural look.

 

Cleaning Natural Stone Floors

Keeping your stone floors clean is a fairly simple process. Follow these steps regularly to make your natural stone floors shine! 

  • Vacuum or sweep the floor to remove any dirt particles
  • Fill a bucket with a gallon of warm water and either use just the water or mix in a small amount of either recommended stone floor cleaner, dish soap or a simple neutral all-purpose cleaner. (If you have any questions, ask one of our design experts during your purchase!)
  • Dip a microfiber towel into the bucket, ring out thoroughly, attach to the mop handle and begin cleaning or use a regular wet mop
  • Wash floors by starting at the outermost corner of the room and working methodically towards the room exit
  • Allow the floors to air dry

 

Natural Stone Floor Maintenance

By taking a few preventative measures, you can keep your natural stone flooring look brand new for years to come. We’ve listed some important stone floor maintenance tips that are helpful for keeping all your natural stone looking brand new for years to come.

 

Do:

  • Use a sealant on your natural stone surfaces when they’re installed and be sure to refresh. Ask one of our design experts about which is the best sealant for you to use and how often you should reseal.
  • Blot up spills immediately
  • Dust mop your stone floors frequently
  • Protect your natural stone floors with non-slip mats or area rugs

 

Don’t:

  • Don’t wipe spills, as this will cause them to spread
  • Don’t use products that contain lemon juice, vinegar and other acids on marble, limestone or travertine. The acidity will mar the surface.
  • Don’t use abrasive materials like steel wool, microfiber scrub pads, scrapers or abrasive cleansers on your natural stone surfaces, as they will definitely scratch the surface
  • Don’t use ammonia-based cleansers, as they will dull the surface

 

As you can see, natural stone’s easy maintenance makes it a great flooring option. Now the only unanswered question is, which type of natural stone floor will you be choosing for your renovation?