How to Clean Stone Tiles
Quick Tips on Cleaning your Stone Tile Flooring
The floor is the biggest part of the home that easily accumulates dirt. And sometimes it very surprising how fast the dirt builds up—especially if you have a stone tile flooring.
Stone tiles are naturally beautiful, durable and easy to maintain on a day-to-day basis. But, it’s also important to take extra careful steps when cleaning it. This tile isn’t like vinyl and any other regular tiles that only need a detergent and damp cloth to clean the dust and dirt. In this article, we will discuss some quick tips on how to clean your stone tiles:
What You Need:
- Broom and dustpan
- Soft, fluffy dust mop
- Mild detergent or stone soap or cleaner
- Bucket of warm water
1) Use the broom and dustpan to sweep off loose debris on the surface of the stone tile flooring.
Do not allow the dust to accumulate for longer periods of time. Sweep off the dust and dirt at least thrice a week using a dry sweep or clean dust mop. If your stone tiles are damaged, place floor mats on it to prevent further damages or scratches to the stones. Do not use worn-out vacuum cleaners as their wheels might scratch the surface of your stone tile.
2) Next, clean the area with wet dust mop.
Prepare a bucket of warm water. Pour in the cleaning agent (you can use mild detergent, mild liquid dish soap or stone soap) then dip the mop. You can also use sponge as an alternative. After squeezing out excess liquids, wipe the surface with the mop to get out dirt, heavy soil and sticky residue in between the tiles. Change the water every time it becomes dirty.
Note: Make sure that you don’t use anything acidic with ingredients such as vinegar, lemon juice, bleach, ammonia and other abrasive cleaners as they will cause damage to the stone. Remember as well that grout cleaners, bathroom cleaners, tub and tile cleaners or any combination of these are not safe to use for the stone tile flooring.
3) Dry the area.
Dry the mop and blot up spills immediately after cleaning the tiles with water and neutral cleaning agents. This is done in order to maintain the good quality of stone tile flooring. Keeping the stones wet with chemical deposits will make it porous and this might cause stains.
By following these simple steps, you can extend the life of your stone tiles and keep them looking beautiful for more years to come.