Natural stone floors need special care to keep them looking new for longer. If you have a maid in Dubai, she probably knows what to do. But since stone floors are so expensive to put in, it is best if you keep an eye on the cleaning of the floors in your own house to avoid any damage to the stone or the floor.
Precautions with Stone Floors
No Acid: If you have a stone floor at home you need to make sure that you never use vinegar or lime juice on it. Also, do not ever use a cleaner with acid in it. The acid in the cleaners, lime or vinegar corrode the top polished layer of the stone and leave it rough and pitted. It dulls the stone and the puts catch dirt and soon the stone becomes discolored. You will need to have the stone polished again to make it look better. This, as we all know, is an expensive exercise and very tiresome too.
No Abrasive Material: Make sure you never use anything abrasive on a stone floor. It is likely to destroy the polished surface.
Spills: Some stones, such as marble, onyx, limestone, etc. are porous and tend to absorb any spills leaving an ugly mark on the floor. Hence, it is best to mop up the spills immediately so the stone does not absorb it.
Mats: Use mats and rugs in high traffic areas to prevent wearing down of the stone.
Cleaning: Never use ammonia and bleach on stone floors. Clean daily and follow it up with a deep clean once or twice a year. Never use more than recommended amount of cleaner. Refer to the packaging for guidelines
Care and Cleaning of Stone Floors
Floor Coverings: never put wall to wall covering over stone floors. No point in covering your low maintenance and beautiful stone floor with a carpet. Instead, use rugs and mats in high use areas. Especially near outside doors. This helps to remove dust from the shoes and keeps the stone floor clean. It prevents the floor from getting dusty and grimy.
Cleaning Schedule: Daily cleaning and mopping will keep the floors sparkling clean and retard the rate of deterioration of the stone.
Cleaning Stone: The best way to clean the stone floor is to mop it down with a damp mop. If the floor has started to look grimy or is very dusty, vacuum it and then use warm water and a mild soap or a floor cleaner with a neutral pH level to mop the floor.
Treating Stains: as advised earlier, clean up spills as soon as possible. If there is a stain on the stone, spot treat it as soon as you notice it. Use a stronger solution of your regular stone cleaner to treat and remove the spot. If the stain is stubborn, call a professional cleaning service in Dubai to remove it. Do not attempt to do it yourself for you may end up damaging the floor.
Sealant: When the stone floor is installed, you should use a sealant to prevent damage from spills etc. Refresh the sealant from time to time as per the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Following the tips above, you can enjoy your beautiful stone floors for a long time. Need cleaning services in Dubai contact us.