Whether you are receiving new home flooring or you already have stone flooring
in your Baltimore house, it is never too late to learn to maintain it
correctly. Stone flooring is only as strong and beautiful as its maintenance.
By limiting the amount of dirt that is tracked into your home and other
simple maintenance tricks, your
stone floors will last for many years. Here is a better look at how to maintain your stone flooring:
Reduce Sand and Dirt
Though stone is a tough and durable flooring choice, abrasive materials
can damage the surface. Sand and dirt are highly abrasive and the common
culprits behind scratches and defects. Reduce the amount of sand and dirt
that enters your home by placing rugs at each entrance and removing shoes
by the front door. Clean your dust mop, vacuum, or broom after each use
to reduce past dirt damaging your flooring.
Use Proper Cleaning Techniques
In addition to abrasive sand and dirt, abrasive and acidic cleansers should
never be used on stone. Vinegar, lemon juice, and ammonia will dull your
stone floors and damage the grout. When you vacuum, refrain from using
the beater bar because the bristles may scratch the stone. Speak with
your flooring company about the proper products and cleaning techniques
to keep your stone floors shiny and beautiful.
Maintain Grouts and Seals
Grout holds your stone tiles together, and it creates a strong seal against
moisture invading hard-to-reach areas of your floors. The grout should
be maintained correctly to ensure it does not degrade. If there are defects
or it does degrade, apply new grout soon. If your stone is highly porous,
then you will need to reseal the tiles periodically. This ensures that
spills cannot penetrate and irreparably stain the stone.
Move Furniture Wisely
Just as abrasive and acidic materials will scratch stone, so too can heavy
furniture. When you must move heavy or large pieces of furniture, ask
strong friends to help. Keep all furniture feet and your stone flooring
protected with furniture pads or a throw rug. This will reduce any accidental
scratches or dings.