So, you've finally installed your chosen natural stone tile floor and it has proven to be a phenomenal addition to your home. It enhances the style of your room, feels great beneath your feet, and has drawn the attention of everyone who has come to visit you! The investment is definitely paying off, but you want to make sure you're able to maintain your floor now that it's being exposed to the normal foot traffic of your home. This is an easily attainable goal, but you have to go about it the right way. Here's how:
What You Need:
Wet or Microfiber Mop
All-Purpose Cleaner, Stone Cleaner, or Dish Soap
What to Do:
Start by sweeping the floor or going over it with a gentle vacuum brush attachment to get rid of any grit left on the floor.
Mix a small amount of your chosen cleaning solution in a gallon of water.
Dip your mop into the cleaning mixture and wring it out so that it is just damp. Starting at the far back corner, begin cleaning. Change your water solution as soon as it gets cloudy, otherwise you'll just be moving the dirt around.
Allow your floor to air dry thoroughly.
Sweep or vacuum your floor often (daily if possible) to rid it of dirt and grit. This is important because any grit left on the floor can work like sandpaper against it, ruining the finish of your stone tiles.
Use a neutral pH all-purpose cleaner or dish soap
Invest in a door mat so people can clean their shoes before walking on the floor. Even better, have your family and guests leave their shoes at the door to keep your floor as clean as possible.
Avoid acidic or ammonia-based cleaners as these will dull the surface of your floor.
Opt for a sealant the time of installation if you can.
Clean up spills and water spots as soon as possible and make sure the affected spot dries completely.