Just because stone is tougher than wood flooring doesn’t mean that it does not need to be protected. Stone is a porous material that can get damaged pretty easily if you’re not careful.
At Dr. Chem-Dry Carpet & Tile Cleaning, we know what needs to be done to keep your stone floorings looking as good as new. Here are five ways to protect your stone floors.
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You should be regularly wiping down your stone with a dust mop. Make sure that the mop is clean, non-treated, and dry. Once a week use a wet mop with hot water to give it a more thorough clean. You can mix a cleaning product into the hot water to clean the stone, but be sure that it’s something that is specifically formulated to clean stone.
Don’t Use A Vacuum
Vacuums are great for cleaning carpets. They are, however, a liability when it comes to treating stone. Vacuuming stone flooring can create chips and cracks. Stick with the aforementioned dust mopping to keep your floors clean and pristine.
If you spill something on your stone floors, you should clean it as soon as possible. Stone is a sturdy material, but that doesn’t mean it’s invulnerable. Liquids can eat away at the stone over time, especially if it’s something with a high acid content. Don’t give spills a chance to get absorbed in the stone: Blot them up immediately and use a safe cleaning product to touch up the area. You’ll want to avoid using vinegar, citrus-based cleaning agents, bleach, ammonia, or any store-bought cleaners that contain alkalis, acids, and other harmful chemicals.
Protect And Cover
Regular foot traffic can wear stone down over time. One way to help preserve your stone is to cover it up. Add in carpet runners, rugs, and mats. The trick is to make sure that any part of your stone floor that regularly gets frequent use is covered up so as to keep wear and tear from thinning the stone.
An important question to ask about stone flooring is whether or not it was sealed. Sealing stone protects it from stains and spills. It also makes it easier to clean up those accidental spills. Sealing also helps preserve the stone longer, keeping them going strong throughout the year.
For more information about how you can protect your stone flooring, give Dr. Chem-Dry a call at 602-243-6379.