While materials like marble, travertine, granite, and slate are extremely durable and don’t require much special attention, knowing how to properly clean them is still important if you want to maintain the appearance of your tile floors over a long period of time.
The tile and stone flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Columbia East are here today to share some of our pro-tips on how to correctly clean the stone and slate tiles in your Columbia East home. Of course, it’s always important to consult with the manufacturer or installer about proper care for your material, but this guide should still serve as a handy reference to get you going.
General Care Tips
Sweep or use a dry dust mop regularly (at least 2-3 times per week) in order to prevent buildup of abrasive sand, dust, and dirt, which can wear down the finish or scrape stone tiles over time.
While stone tiles are extremely strong and typically have some sort of protective finish, they’re still porous, which means that water and other liquids can stain their surfaces in certain situations. Do your best to keep the tiles dry and be sure to clean up spills as quickly as possible.
Consider the Material When Cleaning
Certain stones are much more porous than others, so it’s important to take your material into consideration when you clean. Limestone and sandstone, for instance, are much less tolerant of acidic cleaners than granite, so don’t even think about using that homemade vinegar cleaning solution.
And don’t forget that there’s one other material hidden between your stone tiles: the grout! Check out our article on cleaning grout safely and effectively.
Things to Avoid
- Avoid any acidic or abrasive cleaning solution, such as lemon juice or vinegar. And because they’re acidic, be especially diligent about spills that involve coffee, tea, or fruit juice.
- Don’t vacuum slate tiles unless you’re sure the vacuum has no rotating bar or beater bar – and even then, it’s good to avoid rolling the vacuum’s plastic wheels over your floor.
- Instead of using a rough cleaning surface like a scrub pad, scraper, or steel wool, opt for a microfiber cloth or mop.
If you want to begin a new tile flooring project, we recommend scheduling a free consultation with the local team at Floor Coverings International Columbia East. For your convenience, our design and installation experts will bring our mobile showroom straight to your home in the greater Columbia, Cayce, Blythewood area. Contact us today to get started!
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