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How to Clean Natural Stone Tile

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You stand by your quality stone work. Long after the job is done, you want your clients to be happy with their natural stone tile. The longer it looks new, the more they'll recommend your services. Not only should contractors know proper care and cleaning of natural stone, you should also make sure your clients know how to protect their investment (and your work). Here are some tips you can share.

Less is More

Natural stone appeals to homeowners and property managers not only for its aesthetic appeal, but also because it's low-maintenance. Usually, a dry mop or duster is enough for daily cleaning. When you do use liquid cleaner, make sure you rinse and dry surfaces thoroughly (ensure your using the right cleaner! see below).

Prevent Stains By Protecting Stone

On countertops, use placemats, potholders and coasters to prevent moisture, and more importantly oil, from wicking into the stone. In high-traffic areas, use mats or area rugs to reduce the amount of moisture and dirt from being tracked in. Outdoors, remove ice and snow and soak up any puddles.

Know the Material

Natural stone floors are made of either silica or calcium-based materials. Silica or quartz-type materials such as granite can handle a little tough love, but calcium materials like limestone dissolve in acid, beware acidic cleaners on calcium carbonate based natural stone.

Of course, it's always a good idea to protect stone surfaces with sealers. In this case, know how the sealer affects your stone and floor care routine.

Use the Right Cleaner

Words like "safe and natural" on cleaners mean different things to different people. It's important to know that they don't necessarily mean a cleaner is safe for natural stone. Check the labels carefully before using any cleaner.

At Tile Tools HQ, we carry a wide selection of cleaners. Consider using Modern Stone or Aldon

products on the job and offering them to your clients.

Use the Right Methods

Avoid using cleaning equipment that might scratch or etch stone surfaces. Clean up spills immediately to reduce the chance of permanent staining. Blot up spills instead of spreading them around. Stone restoration specialists are best equipped to handle stubborn stains and discoloration.