Cleaning Stone and Tile Cleaning

CLEANING and SEALING of STONE by Natural Stone RestorationInvest in quality cleaning tools and products, such as the MB Stone Care Products

A cleaning chore is never a matter of a cleaning product only. The tools are important considerations as well, such as cleaning rags, paper towels, light scrubbing pads, grout brooms, micro-fibre mops etc. A good quality micro-fibre mop is critical to obtaining the best results when mopping your highly polished stone or porcelain floor.

We found that sponge mops are not the best choice for cleaning stone floors. It is a good idea to have at least a couple of micro-fibre mop-heads, so that when one is dirty, all you have to do is throw it into the washing machine and use another one in the meantime. For day to day stone floor cleaning always use a pH Neutral floor cleaner.

Stone Floor Refurbishment and New Tiled Floors

The best thing to have done to a new polished or honed stone floor is to have it detailed by a professional stone refinisher. This is achieved by deep-cleaning the stone floor, removing all grout haze or residue, film and adhesives, and damages left behind by installers or possible factory sealers.

By opening the pores of the stone, using a heavy-duty stone tile and grout cleaner or, in extreme cases, if a grout haze is still present over the surface of the tiles, an acid wash designed specifically for cleaning stone, would also be effective at removing other mineral deposit. In that way the stone can “breathe” and dry properly.

For porous stones like honed and also highly polished limestone, granites, travertine’s and marble floors or polished porcelain tile floors, the application of an inpregnating/penetrating sealer is highly recommended especially when the stone or tile floor is installed in a room where accidental spills of staining agents (i.e.: cooking oil, coffee, juice, etc.) are likely to occur. Prior to installation all calcite based stones should be sealed.

Should you decide not to have your stone or tile floor detailed, don’t damp-mop your floor immediately after installation and grouting. While you would not cause any real damage, the fine powder most likely left on the floor will be trapped in the water and may leave ugly and hard-to-remove streaks all over the floor surface.

For the first week or so, just vacuum using a brush foot. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the surface. Central vacuum systems or a clean dry micro-fibre mop used as often as you can is the best. You will know it is ready to be washed when your hand remains clean (no whitish powder) after rubbing it on the stone or tile floor.

Etching on Stone or Tile Floors Caused by Spills.

Some spills will turn out to be detrimental to stone floors if unattended. Orange juice, lemonade, coke, wine, vinegar, liquors, tomato sauce, yogurt, salad dressing, perfume, after shave, the wrong cleaning products and so on, most likely won’t damage “granite” and “green marble” flooring surfaces (at least in the short term), but will ETCH polished marble, travertine, limestone and onyx. Therefore, pick up any spills on the tile or stone floor as quickly as possible. Don’t rub the spill; blot it with a paper-towel.

Stone Kitchen Counter Tops

This rule applies to all stone kitchen surfaces: countertops, floors, walls, etc.

Using a “glass cleaner” or “water with a little dish soap” are common recommendations. Glass cleaners may turn out to be too harsh to both the stone and the sealer, if one has been applied, while water and dish soap can leave an unsanitary and unsightly film that will build up and become problematic to remove.

Generic household cleaners off the shelves in the supermarket are not suitable; always use cleaners that are specifically formulated to deal with the delicate chemistry of stone. Clean your kitchen countertop regularly with a safe, stone spray cleaner, near cooking and eating areas.

Don’t let any spills sit too long on the surface of your counter top. Blot with paper-towels as soon as possible.

Treating Dried on Spills on Stone and Tile Floors

Don’t use any scouring pads. The grits in the pads will scratch even the toughest “granite.” You can safely use the sponges lined with a silvery net, or other plastic scouring pads. Remember, it’s very important to spray the cleaner and let it sit for a while to moisten and soften the soil, it will make the stone cleaning much easier and will be more effective.

For Extra Lustre for your Natural Stone Counter tops and Tables

A stone polish can do a terrific job at brightening up your polished stone surface. As with all the products, be sure to follow the label instructions.

Stone Bathrooms and Vanity Tops

Vanity Tops

Clean your stone vanity tops regularly with a stone-safe, soap free product. Considering the light-duty cleaning that is typically necessary on a vanity top, the stone spray cleaner will help keep the build up of hairsprays and deodorants etc. down.
Don’t take chances with cleaning your mirrors over your marble vanity tops with a regular glass cleaner. The over-spray could spill onto the marble surface and may damage it.
Therefore, clean your mirror with the same stone spray cleaner .
Even if you over-spray it, nothing bad is going to happen to your marble. Never use any powder or cream cleaners, otherwise stone resurfacing will be required.
Keep your cosmetics and fragrances in an appropriate container or a tray; be sure that the legs of the tray have felts tips.
Use a stone polish if you want to add some extra lustre to your polished stone vanity and help prevent soiling.

Stone Shower Stalls

Cleaning grout lines and silicon lines periodically is essential and address any grout problems immediately.

Don’t use a powder or cream cleaner. If a cleaning product was not specifically formulated to clean stone, it is not safe to be used. Use a soap film remover on your polished stone shower stall and if mould appears use mildew stain remover, designed specifically for stone. Clean your shower stall daily. The easiest and most effective way is to spray the walls and floor of the stall with a diluted solution of water and spray cleaner, then squeegee of to remove soap scum.
If you notice an accumulation of soap film, use an undiluted amount of chemical and then rinse off.

Treating Mildew

If mildew appears on the grout lines of your shower enclosure clean the mildew stain with a mildew stain remover that has been formulated to be safe on natural stone, while being very effective at removing mildew and other biological stains.

Toilet Areas

If your toilet bowl sits on a marble or other natural stone floor, be careful when using generic toilet bowl cleaners. Possible spills will create etch marks in your marble.
When wet mopping stone floors use an every day stone cleaner.

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