Frequent maintenance to remove loose sand, grit and dirt that may scratch and abrade your stone will help keep it looking great and minimize risk for damage:
- Use a soft, damp sponge, non-beater bar vacuum, soft-bristled broom or microfiber cloth dust mop for effective removal of loose grit and dirt that may abrade and dull your natural stone. The Floor Store recommends our line of FloorCare Essentials mops and microfiber dust cloths.
- Vacuum, sweep or mop high-traffic areas more frequently, as needed.
- Regularly vacuum and/or clean your protective walk-off mats to minimize transfer of dirt and grime to the floor.
- Do not saturate the stone with water or cleaners. Warm water and a damp non-abrasive mop or soft sponge should typically keep the surface of the stone sufficiently clean.
- Use only neutral cleaning products that are formulated and approved for natural stone that will not etch or leave residue and cause resoiling. Also see Spot and Spill Removal.
- Never use all-purpose or acidic cleansers as they may abrade or etch your natural stone.
Do not use abrasive cleansers or harsh scrubbing pads as they may scratch or dull the flooring surface.
Preventive Maintenance: The most important steps to prevent problems before they occur
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