Natural Stone Flooring can lose their sparkle over time, and the grout can discolor. Thankfully, most types of rock are easy to look after and keep clean with some simple maintenance.
The type of stone in this specific task is travertine, so to clean other types of rock, such as marble or limestone, check the product suitability.
Once you have finished deep cleaning, you can follow the instructions about how to seal natural stone floor tiles.
To clean a Stone Flooring, you will need:
- Various scrubbing brushes and cloths
- Long-handled squeegee
- Long-handled decorator’s foam roller
- Plastic gloves
Prepare carefully before starting
If possible uncover what products were used when the tiles were laid. Always test services with an obscure part of the floor first, such as a dark area. Use the products as guidelines, state and wait for a couple of days before tackling the main floor to check there are no effects.
Choose the best products
Employ a detergent developed for calciferous rock (travertine, marble or limestone) as general floor cleaner may contain acidifying that can etch the surface. Dilute detergent with water in a percentage of just one 1:5 and apply generously with a sponge; use a long-handled squeegee for larger areas. Get one of these better solutions if very grubby.
Scrub away at ingrained dirt
Allow the product to work with 10-20 minutes, routinely scrubbing badly stained areas. The grouting, being rougher than the natural Stone Flooring, is particularly susceptible to ingrained dirt and grease. Experiment with different kinds of brush – I found nylon bristled washing-up clean worked perfectly.
Wipe up residue and rinse
Wipe away the filthy cleaner. Rinse with a mop and a bucket of clean drinking water. Review the stone floor tiles with an old towel to lessen drying time. Once dry, check if the tiles have to be resealed by departing a few drops of drinking water on the top. If drinking water soaks in, the ground needs an application of impregnator.
How to seal stone floor tiles?
Apply a stain elimination layer
The ground tiles must be completely dry. Leave for several days when possible. Employed in small areas, apply impregnator uniformly with a long-handled foam roller before the surface is moist. Add more as necessary, guaranteeing the ground is uniformly moist for between five to a quarter-hour.The impregnator must be consumed by the Natural Stone Flooring.
Remove any excessive solution
After aquarter-hour of application, any impregnator remaining on the surface of the floor tiles must be removed rather than allowed to dry out on to the surface. Remove extra with a squeegee and a clean cloth – a tatty silk cotton T-shirt is merely the work. Check over the whole surface to ensure there’s an even finish.
Stay off the floor until surface is dry
Don’t let anyone walk on the Stone Flooring until it is dry out. This will depend on temperatures but after one to two hours it should be safe to walk on in …