Many customers have asked me how they should keep their stone floor clean in between professional stone floor cleaning services. Here is a brief summary. Please note that I do not promote any of these products specifically, they are only examples and I can’t be held accountable for product defects, so please use this blog as a guide and always follow your manufacturers guidelines before getting advice from anybody else.
The best way to sweep stone tiled floors
The best way to sweep tiled floors, especially large rooms, is with this 80cm broom that can be bought on Amazon, but this bulky size might be difficult when the rooms are furnished so I would recommend looking for one that’s about 60cm. When the fluffy head gets dirty it can be washed in the machine. In busy households I would simply sweep the dirt daily into a corner where it can be vacuumed a later time. These brooms are really great because they don’t flick the dust into the air and you can wiz around the room in just a few minutes.
The best tile cleaning detergents
The best tile cleaning detergents should always be a neutral pH. If you find a detergent that’s suitable for marble, then it should be suitable for any stone, including the other calcium carbonate rich stone such as travertine and limestone. It would also be ok for granite, slate, quarry, Victorian, porcelain and even LVT. Just a capful should be enough for a bucket of warm water. The solution should never be hot because you could erode the sealer, the grout or even the tile. When using a stone cleaning solution and technique for the first time, always do a test patch in an inconspicuous area, such as behind a door or under a staircase. If your test results in stone damage then at least it will be hidden from view. This damage can be restored by a professional stone restoration specialist. If you find that your new technique doesn’t damage the stone then you can continue with the rest of the floor.
The best mop for tiled floors
The best mop for tiled floors is a flat mop with a thick microfibre cloth that can soak up all the dirt and lift it into a rinsing bucket. If there are any grease stains on the floor then avoid heavy scrubbing or grease-removal products which would also remove the sealant. Ideally you want to prevent any grease build-up and therefore mop regularly or as soon as an oil spillage occurs. When it’s freshly spilled, it’s still soft and easy to clean so don’t wait for it to get hard. Use a stronger concentration of the neutral pH cleaning solution, don’t use any other stronger products.
Removing stains from stone tiles and grout
If there comes a time when you do find a grease stain that you can’t remove, don’t worry too much about it. It’s likely not permanent damage and can probably be removed during a professional stone cleaning service (unless it’s sandstone which is very porous which allows the stain to soak too deep and the stone is too hard for us to sand out). We recommend a service every two years, depending on the traffic that you have in your home. Over this period there’s bound to have been some occasions where dirt and oils have settled into the stone. The only way to remove this is with a grease remover that I’m not going to recommend because it will remove the sealant and expose the floor to more dirt. Rather leave it for a professional tile clean.
What’s the best stone tile sealer
If there comes a time when you’ve cleaned the floor too harshly and it removes the sealant, you can apply this impregnating sealant after the floor is cleaned and dried. Use a very clean microfibre cloth. You cannot use this cloth on anything else afterwards so either throw it away or keep it next to the sealer bottle for future use. Don’t try to wash it out because you’ll end up with sealant all over your sink.
- Good impregnating sealers will make the whole room smell potent for many hours.
- Do not spill this stuff on anything else.
- Colour Enhancer sealers will darken the stone and cannot be removed until a professional service strips the sealer off again.
Impregnating sealers don’t give the floor a shine, it simply soaks into the stone and provides a protection that should last until the next professional clean. If you’ve applied too much sealant, simply buff it off before it dries. If the residue persists, let it cure for a few days and then wash the surface residue off the stone with a more concentrated cleaning solution. This will not remove the sealer from the underlying stone.
Please note that impregnating sealers don’t stop harsh chemicals or hot solutions from soaking through to the stone.
Top tips for stone floor maintenance:
- Don’t spill acids or hot liquids onto the stone floor. Eg vinegar, tea, wine. This will etch the floor.
- Don’t use any cleaning solution that’s not for stone (eg domestos, limescale remover, bleaches, etc) These have acids which could etch or turn the stone yellow.
- Don’t use heated mops on the floor as this would remove the sealant and also degrade the stone as well as the grout.
- Keep the floor free from sand and dust particles to prevent scratches where dirt can get trapped.
- If you scrub too hard, don’t panic, just seal it afterwards, or call us to re-polish it.
- If in doubt, give us a call 01344 374671