If you are considering having natural stone tile installed in your Dakota County home, then it is time to learn how to properly care for your flooring. Follow along as Floor Coverings International Dakota County takes you through three keys to cleaning and maintaining your natural stone tile.
Regularly Clean Your Tile
Dry mop and use a soft bristle broom to get rid of dirt and debris on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. The accumulation of these materials can lead to scratching and the eventual deterioration of your flooring. By doing a quick run through with a broom every week or so, you can keep these damaging substances from building up and ruining your beautiful floors.
Avoid Standing Water
Like any type of flooring, you don’t want to allow spills to settle onto or into the floor’s surface. They should instead be cleaned up immediately and thoroughly. Because natural stone has microscopic pores that will absorb water and other liquids, wet mops and other water-heavy cleaning methods should be avoided when treating these types of floors. If too much water is used, or if water is left standing, the stone can start to mildew and scratches and etches will appear on its surface.
Besides drying your floor completely when cleaning, utilizing area rugs and mats can also help to protect your flooring from water damage. By placing mats by the sink, under pet bowls, and under the dining table, you can help keep flicking or spilled liquids from reaching your natural stone floors.
Because natural stone is susceptible to etching, it is important that you avoid the use of acidic cleaners, including natural ones like lemon juice and vinegar. These materials are too abrasive to use on the soft surface of natural stone flooring. Instead, select a neutral pH cleaner. You can use a small amount of water to further dilute these solutions to make them suitable for your floor. Just remember to thoroughly dry the area when you’re done!
Learn More in Dakota County
Now that you know how to care for natural stone, it’s time to arrange a free, in-home design consultation to discuss your flooring options. Floor Coverings International Dakota County is locally owned and operated and serves the Burnsville, Apple Valley, Eagan, & St. Paul areas. We would love to help you design the home of your dreams. Give us a call today!
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