Natural stone is one of the most valuable investments in your home. To protect your investment it is necessary to know the characteristics of your stone and how to care for it properly. Each stone has its own level of porosity, therefore making some more susceptible to staining than others. Based upon your lifestyle and the type of stone you choose, sealing your stone may be an option to consider.
Stone is a natural product. Simple care and maintenance will keep it looking beautiful. Dust mop floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop or broom. Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness. A vacuum cleaner can be very helpful, especially on textured floors, but make sure it is in good condition and has no beater bar so as to avoid scratching your floor. Vacuum cleaner attachments are useful in hard to reach areas.
Walk-off mats or area rugs on either side of exterior entrances will help collect loose dirt before reaching your stone floor. Make sure to keep these mats clean, as well.
Damp mopping your stone floor will help keep it looking beautiful for life. Manufacturers can recommend specialty products designed for use on stone floors. These are highly recommended. Be sure to blot spills immediately. A neutral pH detergent or pure soap, such as Liquid Ivory, can be used for spills or periodic complete cleaning. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble or limestone. Be sure to rinse the floor thoroughly and dry the surface with a soft, clean cloth. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks.
Please keep in mind that once your natural stone tile is installed it will be your responsibility to properly maintain caulking in heavy water-use areas to prevent damage.
Additionally, take care when moving heavy objects across your floor to avoid scratching or chipping. Cover furniture and table legs with protectors to guard your floor against damage.
Natural stone is a lifetime investment. Its beauty will last a lifetime as well, if it is cared for properly.