Stone flooring is an attractive and practical option for your home. However, stone floors can collect dust and dirt. When family, friends, and pets walk across the flooring, they can grind the dirt and grime into the floor. This can abrade the surface of the stone, leaving signs of visible wear and tear. In addition, it is important to make sure your stone floors have been correctly sealed, to protect them from damage. Consult a reputable company offering stone sealing for advice. Meanwhile, there are a few simple steps you will need to take to keep your stone floor in optimum condition long term.
Make Sure Floors Have Been Sealed and Caulked
It is vital to ensure that your stone floors have been adequately sealed. Stone floors in damp environments, such as kitchens and bathrooms, also need to be caulked around the edges. Caulking prevents moisture from penetrating into the area beneath the flooring. Without protective caulking, damp can cause the floor to crack or rot over time.
Clean Regularly and Carefully
Clean stone floors frequently, using a soft, dry mop or a vacuum cleaner with a ‘hard floor’ setting. Do not use a rotating electric brush attachment, which can damage the stone. You should mop the floors with warm, soapy water once a week. Use a cleaning product which has been specially formulated for use on stone. Ask your stone flooring company for recommendations. Avoid using abrasive scrubs or acidic formulas, as these can leave scratches and stains on the stone.
Protect the Floors from Damage
Encourage family members and visitors to refrain from wearing outdoor shoes in the house. You may wish to provide soft house slippers for guests. Strategically position doormats at the entrances to rooms, to encourage people to wipe off dust and dirt. Shake the mats out to free them from dust, vacuum them and, if possible, wash them regularly.