How To Clean Stone Floor And To Protect Its Natural Beauty?

A basic rule for stone floor keeping is always to maintain a neutral PH  of the cleaning solution. That significant detail ensures an appropriate attitude and really professional care of the natural stone. Plenty of incorrect facts and misleading information may convince you to make a home washing solution with green ingredients. Yes, you may avoid the store-bought products with the purpose to live in a healthy way and to protect your home environment from the harmful vapours. But focusing only on the fact whether that cleaner is toxic or not, without to predict the protection requirements of the natural stone would have unpleasant consequences for its durableness.

When the cleaner is too acidic, for example consisting of vinegar or citrus juice, instead of shining cleanliness you would receive only results of irreversible damages. In this case, the pickled environment induces natural stone to dull and draw over time, attacking the sealant and reducing any chance to safe its beauty for many years.

You need to be attentive with the spills events and the rings under the bottles and cups because the drinks are acidic and the humidity penetrates easily beyond the stone surface, which is porous indeed. Such consistent everyday moisture takes away the stone shine.

If you have heard that above 7 Ph is a healthy environment for human being and when comes to cleaning affairs can easily remove grease and grime residues, you are right. But please do not choose a cleaner with alkaline features. The damaging traces over the stone would be a certain final result.

Regular maintaining is an important general housekeeping secret, but when we talk about stone flooring the clean care on a daily basis is the most appropriate behaviour. Sweep away frequently the high-traffic spaces or when you notice piled dirt and outside particles. You can also wipe down with water to avoid scratching. It is really amazing how are combined both opposite characters-the toughness of the stone and the softness of the porous structures. Such example is the marble-one of the softest stone representers. It is a fascinating material with natural beauty and specifically maintaining requirements. Experts recommend using mats in front of the entrances to keep the floors free of rough dirt which can cause deep and beyond retrieve scars.

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The long shelflife, durableness and the beautiful shine of the stone floors depend on the used products, proper cleaning items and the way of treatment. Every rub movement and abrasive pad would be like a hostile for the structure of the stone. 

Think about the advantages and disadvantages of the two types of washing the floors – with a microfiber mop or with a bucket. The first one is minimizing the humidity and the spread of dirty liquid, which is unpleasant for the lines and the nooks. The second one is suitable for kitchens and large bathrooms, where the excess water can easily grab the food or hair residues, but be careful if you leave an abundance of water after each cleaning movement. So wash in small areas, rinse often and exert yourself to keep the mop squeezed very well. According to the cleaning experts, the microfiber scrubber mop pad is the most appropriate cleaning item for the natural stone floors.

One very significant topic when it comes for the stone floors – the tiles and fissures. Exactly there it is quite possible to accumulate a large amount of grime, but unfortunately, these areas are visible and thin spaces, hard to reach, which require special attention and tools everything needless to be removed successfully.

You may use a scrubber with a brush to enter in the crevices, to get through the lines and to eject and sweep the pieces. If you have noticed that the stains are really a lot, it would be better to find professional support, because the debris between the tiles may require special care with specific cleaning solutions which are quite efficient for a long time.

How to protect the beauty of the natural stone flooring? Manufacturers impregnate the stone and seal its holes to make it durable towards all kind of spills and liquids, dirt and muck.

As we mention above the neutral 7 Ph solution is the most appropriate and gentle cleaning concern, which can’t break down the protective covering.

If you manage to damage the stone floor the sealing becomes thin and extremely sensitive, hard to clean and maintain. In this case, every cleaning will provoke the soapy water to penetrate easily into the stone and between the lines. As the humidity evaporates, the dirt and soap leave sticky residues, which is a perfect condition for bacteria to develop, spread and create a dirty floor surface and toxic home environment although the efforts.

In conclusion, there are many types of stone flooring: marble, limestone, sandstone, granite, slate. All of them have specific features and require different products. Be aware of their nature, structure and care. Keep an eye on your flooring and if you notice any changes over the surface, it is better to call a professional cleaning company, which provides stone flooring maintaining.