How to Clean Your Stone Floor

Stone Floor Cleaning & Maintenance

Stone flooring is an investment and one with a good return. It’s almost guaranteed to add value to your home. Taking care of it isn’t hard, but knowledge is power.  Click here to find a professional stone floor cleaning company in your area.

It’s Its Own Worst Enemy

Sand, grit, and dirt can damage natural stone surfaces because they are abrasive. Use a vacuum on your floor if it’s textured. But avoid the beater bar. Those bristles are tough and might scratch your flooring.

An old-fashioned dust mop works well, as does a broom. Wet mop as needed.

Be Proactive

Walk-off mats or area rugs on either side of entrances from the outside will help collect dirt before it reaches your beautiful new floor. Choose a rug or mat with a non-slip surface.

There’s Clean And There’s Cleaner

Damp mopping your natural stone floor will help keep it looking beautiful. But your retailer or manufacturer can suggest special cleaners meant specifically for stone floors.

Wipe up spills immediately. Use soap, not detergent, for good-old fashioned mopping. Liquid Ivory or a castile soap product work well. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks, so rinse well. Change your rinse water frequently.

Don’t use products that contain lemon juice, vinegar or other acids on marble, limestone, or travertine. Avoid abrasive cleaners or any ammonia-based cleaners. These products will dull the floor’s luster.

Retail grout cleaners, scouring powders or bathroom tub and tile cleaners can mar the finish on your stone.

Never mix bleach and ammonia. The combination creates a toxic gas.

To remove algae or moss from your stone in outdoor pool, patio or hot tub areas, flush with clear water and use a mild bleach solution.

Last But Not Least

Have a floor warming party! Ask your strongest friends to help you move your furniture back on to your new floor to avoid chipping, scratching, or cursing. Pad the feet of your furniture with felt pads or some other kind of protector to guard against damage.

As with all new floors, it’s important to maintain the caulking in areas that are susceptible to water. You don’t want water seeping under your flooring.

Remember that each stone has its own level of porosity. The more porous the stone, the more likely it will stain. Sealing your stone floor may be a really good idea. Use a reliable professional.

Unlike the proverbial rolling stone, yours have found their place in your home. Enjoy the beauty and timeless quality of your new stone flooring.

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The info was good, but I was hoping for a product thats removes film and I wanted to understand how to rinsing process is done, but thank you.
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Dr. Bonners liquid soap is best for all surfaces, as well as in the shower/bath as soap/shampoo .
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food advice preventing harming stone flooring
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Well written and easy to comprehend. The article would have been even more informative and applicable if a few products were suggested along with a brief list of pros & cons.
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I really appreciated your suggestion of liquid Ivory or castile soap. It is something I can immediately find and buy.
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Very insightful, thank you
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It was alright.
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good info
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Date: June 21, 2014
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you have posted a much helping article. u should tell some natural and domestic ways to clean marble and stone floor. like - we can mix lemon in water and clean floor using it with a mob. but thanks for the information.
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Date: March 28, 2014
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I would prefer to hear there is an easy spray and mop way to care for my floor but I found your article extremely informative.

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