ENSURE LASTING QUALITY
To ensure your tile and stone stays in great condition, proper maintenance is essential. Cleaning is easiest and most effective when done regularly! Always clean up spills as soon as possible. Dirt and dust can scratch the surface of some stone, so your floor should be vacuumed or dust mopped frequently to remove abrasive agents from the stone surface.
GENERAL TILE CLEANING TIPS
Always choose products specifically designed for tile or natural stone because they are pH neutral. Common household cleaners (ammonia, bleach, glass cleaner, etc.) are acidic and can destroy the surface of the tile and the grout. This is particularly true for natural stone. Also, do not use steel wool pads as it could scratch the surface. Soft-bristled brushes, fiber and nylon scrubbing pads are ok. If you prefer natural products, vinegar is recommended for ceramic tile and check out this helpful post: eco-friendly cleaning solutions for tile.
When cleaning, the surface of the stone should be dampened with clean water first. This will keep the cleaning solution on the surface so it can be effective. Mix your solution per manufacturer recommendations and apply to the stone with a sponge or mop. Allow the solution to sit per manufacturers instructions (usually 3 to 5 minutes), then agitate with a sponge or soft-bristle brush or broom. Mop up dirty solution and buff dry.
SEALING NATURAL STONE
For natural stone, longevity can be extended by sealing stone to protect against damaging liquids and minerals. We recommend the use of an impregnating sealer, which penetrates into the stone and forms an invisible barrier that is resistant to moisture and stains, while allowing the stone to breath. This type of sealer will not alter the natural look of the stone. Apply sealer once a year for best results. Highly porous stone (marble, limestone, etc.) or high traffic areas will require regular cleaning and re-sealing.