The amount of care taken to protect your natural stone is directly related to the longevity of beauty and performance. To minimize wear and damage, consider the following steps:
Proper sealing of the stone and grout
Use a high-quality, compatible, impregnating or topical sealer to properly protect your stone and grout from everyday spills and allow extra time for clean up before stains set in. Proper preparation of the stone surface is critical to the successful application of sealants. Different stones have unique finishes, density and porosity. Use a sealer that will protect your specific stone. Be sure to observe proper cure times after installation before sealing, typically up to 14 days. Note that most sealers will not protect your stone from etching, which is a chemical reaction to direct contact from acidic substances (such as juice, vinegar, wine, etc.) that may affect the color or sheen of your stone. Regularly reseal your stone and grout, especially in high-traffic or high-moisture areas. Consult the sealant manufacturer information for specific guidelines.
To help you protect and maintain your investment, The Floor Store proudly offers professional cleaning, sealing, honing and polishing of natural stone. To have a free, no obligation evaluation of your floor, counter tops, or walls please complete our on-line Request Service form, e-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (480) 833-4455.
Use protective mats
Good quality entry and exit mats will help trap dirt, soil and grime that will abrade and discolor the surface of your stone and grout. Vacuum and/or clean these mats frequently to remove the trapped dirt and minimize the risk of transfer to the floor.
Use protective trivets
Common food items and dishware can etch and scratch your stone. It is highly recommended that you use trivets and coasters to protect your stone surface from stains and damage.
Use floor protectors under furniture
Use felt pad protectors under furniture legs to avoid scratching and marring of the tile surface. Casters should be free from small particles of sand, dirt and debris. Beware of metal furniture on the tile surface that may rust and cause staining. Always protect the floor when moving heavy furniture or appliances.
Minimize direct UV sunlight exposure
The colors in natural stone can change and fade over time. The use of approved area rugs and frequent adjustment of blinds or shades during peak hours can help to minimize this.
Vacuuming/Mopping: Regular maintenance routines are critical
Spot and Spill Removal: Because, let’s face it, they cannot always be avoided
Overall Cleaning/Refinishing: When you need to deep clean and restore