How to Clean a Natural Stone Floor
Using the right stone floor cleaner will seriously help to keep your stone floor looking great! If you are lucky enough to have a home with stone floors, or if you are about to install them you are very fortunate. They are a serious lifetime purchase, as they will outlive you! The natural qualities of your stone floor will develop over the years as the surface takes on its own patina, through wear.
Our customers are advised at the outset how to get the best from their new stone floor. We advise that new stone floors should be sealed with Rob Parkers Best Colour Enhancing Sealer, then regularly cleaned with Rob Parkers Best Floor Cleaner. If you start right, its easy to clean your stone floor and keep it gleaming.
Some owners of existing stone floors have reached out to us because they are failing to keep their stone floors looking as good as they should. They report that their floors have gone dull, and nothing they do seems to improve the floor. Some feel they would rather take them up and replace with something less demanding. When we advise our clean and care regimen they fall in love with their stone floors again! It is possible to rejuvenate an old stone floor using the right products.
We can advise you how to clean a stone floor.
It is much easier to clean a stone floor if it has first been sealed. This will make the removal of everyday dirt and stains much much easier
The Importance of Sealing a New Stone Floor
Sealing a stone floor is a very important part of caring and maintaining a stone floor. Today there are a good range of sealers available for this purpose, which can really help protect your floor from staining and marking. Quite often, problems cleaning a stone floor have initially been caused by ineffectual or non-existent sealing of the stone floor at installation. Sealing and re-sealing is an important part of caring for a stone floor. At Stoneworld, we strongly recommend sealing all new floors. Regular re-application of sealer will help maintain the stone floor.
Going forward we don’t want our customers worrying about how to look after their stone floors, so every time Stoneworld install a new stone floor our customers receive clear advice how to maintain them so that the beauty of the stone continues to shine through for years to come.
Regular cleaning is much easier after the floor is sealed.
What’s the best way to clean a natural stone floor?
Cleaning a stone floor is easy if you have the right product, but many people get very frustrated with the poor results they are achieving whilst they are unwittingly using unsuitable cleaning products!
Buy a specialist product to clean your stone floor
Simply pushing a mop over it with soapy water is not the answer. In fact that will begin to take the sheen away from your floor.
Stone floors need specific cleaners designed to meet their particular needs. That doesn’t mean they are tricky to care for, you just need to ask a stone specialist for their recommendation.
Why is my stone floor dull?
All stone has pores. Different types of stone have small or large surface pores. The stone pores can harbour ingrained dirt that creates the dullness noted above. This dirt needs dislodging and preventing from becoming ingrained.
Most supermarket cleaning products are not suitable for cleaning stone floors. The surfactants present in many multipurpose cleaning products contain oils of some sort. Whilst they will break down surface dirt and spills, they will not have any effect on ingrained dirt sitting in the surface pores of the stone. Furthermore, mopping a floor with household detergent, deposits a thin layer of the fat on the floor surface, further spoiling the original appearance of the stone.
How can I make my stone floor shine?
To make your stone floor shine use a specialist floor cleaner like Rob Parkers Best Floor Cleaner . This formulation works really well on stone floors.
How to Use Rob Parkers Best Floor Cleaner
Rob Parkers Best Floor Cleaner is a free flowing granular formation.
To use, it is mixed with water. The granules will still be visible in the solution created. Our cleaner works by penetrating the pores, and then, during the soaking period, dislodging the dirt. This cleaner will work on any stone floor regardless of the pore size, plus it will clean the grout.
If you adopt the advised regime carefully, which will allow the product to work effectively, you will find your floor regains its original lustre.
It not only removes the ingrained dirt, but over time and continued usage will prevent the future build-up of new ingrained dirt. The tiny granules in the floor cleaner will settle in the newly cleaned pores of the stone. This is a desirable quality, as they have the effect of preventing new dirt ingress. They will also brighten the floor as they have reflective qualities, restoring and maintaining the lustre of the stone surface.
We hope this article will help you to enjoy your stone floor.