Natural Stone Care

Natural Stone Care

Natural Stone Care can be an exhaustive topic and there will be more on this subject, but for now I want to focus on maintaining pristine stone flooring. If you've just had your stone cleaned, honed, polished and sealed, what do you need to take into consideration on a day-to-day basis so that you don't damage it by mistake? I talked about ceramic tile care a few weeks ago, and the sweeping and vacuuming advice is the same for tile and stone, so now I want to talk to you specifically about mopping natural stone.

Mopping

Because we're dealing with a natural surface, which is made of composite or sedimentary elements that have been compacted over time, with each reacting differently to heat and or an overabundance of H2O, this can be somewhat problematic as well if you're not careful. With all of the abrasive chemicals sold “over the counter” if you will, it’s hard to be sure what you can use without stripping your stone sealer away a little at a time. It’s a good idea to consult your friendly Floor Cleaning Specialist (ideally me), in order to point you in the right direction. There are several differing mopping methods ranging from your mother’s shaggy mop to steam mopping and to my personal favorite, Sh-mopping. Each method serves it’s own purpose, but there are specific tricks to use with each:

Your Mother’s Shaggy Mop

This process can work as long as you're utilizing a neutral cleaning agent, and you are drying your stone surface quickly with absorbent towels directly after the cleaning application. And last but most importantly...that YOU ARE REPLACING YOUR SOILED RINSE WATER AS SOON AS IT BEGINS TO TURN BROWN AT ALL.

Steam Mopping

A decent steam mop is inexpensive, has machine washable pads and will get your floor fairly clean without using any detergent. This is a great method for ceramic or porcelain tile and can be a good method on most stone surfaces. However, depending upon the type of stone you have as well as the size and scope of your floor, it may or may not be preferable.

Sh-Mopping

The experts at Spinergy Stone Care Solutions have detailed an entire cleaning system to care for and maintain your natural stone surfaces. This cleaning system requires the following items:

  1. 2 Flat Mops or Sh-mopsSpinergy Vivid Neutral Cleaner - to be used once per week
  2. Spinergy Regenerate - to be used once per month 
  3. Several cotton, machine-washable covers
  4. 2 or 3 gallon in-line sprayer

 

Here’s how you mop Like a Boss!

  1. Sweep or vacuum the floor as thoroughly as possible, taking care to remove dirt from the edges and corners. 
  2. With the in-line sprayer, pump spray the mixed, concentrated solution in about a 4x4 section and use the flat mop and cover to agitate, scrub and clean a section at a time quickly. (You might have to change the cover 3 or 4 times before completion). 
  3. I would also consider purchasing 2 flat mops or Shmops: 1 to clean and agitate and the other to dry immediately afterward. 
  4. Because of this preferred method, the floor is basically dry when complete and best of all; your grout joints never have the chance to become soiled, as there is no dirty rinse water to spoil the clean.

Please also note that any acids such as: (juice, ketchup, milk, wine, toilet bowl cleaner and so one) will etch the surface regardless of the sealer that is applied. This etching can only be corrected utilizing diamond honing and polishing.

These tips are not meant to scare you into buying new natural stone care tools, it’s to help you keep your stone looking better longer. Let’s protect your investment together. If you follow my suggestions, you probably won't be seeing me as often and your wallet will certainly thank you.

Your floor is a reflection of my work, whether it’s the day after or a year since I last cleaned it. Don’t hesitate to give me a call, preferably before your dirty floors have gotten out of hand. Not only will I clean each surface immaculately for you, but I'll also customize a maintenance package that works for you, your wallet and most importantly your flooring.

We don't cut corners, we clean them!