Natural Stone is most popular in Kitchen and Bathrooms for its durability against moisture. However, it provides a clean, yet earthy look to any room. Marble, Granite and Travertine are amongst the most used. Have you ever wondered what tile you actually have in your home? Feel the tiles for texture. A fairly uniform texture—whether polished, matte or distressed—may signal a porcelain tile floor. Natural stone tiles will have small pits, fissures and abnormalities that porcelain will not have.
So here’s the real question… What is the best cleaner for Natural Stone. As with most floor types, it is important to use pH neutral cleaners. Do Not Use Acidic Cleaners such as Vinegar as it can etch or burn the surface of the stone. The absolute best cleaner is Quick Shine Multi-Surface Cleaner as it is not only pH neutral but it is not loaded with all the “extra fluff” that causes sticky residue and streaking. Simply squirt Quick Shine in an “S” pattern onto the floor and spread with a freshly rinsed, damp microfiber mop. Rinse the mop pad frequently to free any dust or dirt and continue cleaning.
If you have natural stone countertops, the same rules apply. To clean your countertops and other hard surfaces around the home, use Quick Shine 3-IN-1 ShinePower Surface Cleaner. This cleaner instantly shines and extends the life of surfaces with clean shine technology.
A few other tips:
- Do not use abrasive cleaning tools. For daily cleaning, use a soft cloth and don’t attempt to “buff out” stains or scratches.
- Use a dust mop. Minor dust particles and sand that you might not be able to see will act like an abrasive under your feet and cause wear patterns. Remove dust and debris with a dust mop or vacuum, and wash your floor with a neutral cleaner like Quick Shine Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner each week.
- Protect high traffic areas. Rugs can help protect the areas of your stone floors that will get worn down due to high traffic. Place rugs inside and outside of doors, and use runners and rugs in areas that get a lot of use, such as mudrooms, hallways, and kitchens.
- Regularly re-seal your stone. For many stones, sealing is part of a recommended general maintenance plan. While it is possible for homeowners to seal their own stone, experts agree that a professional will deliver the best results.
With proper care and maintenance, natural stone surfaces will stay beautiful for years to come.