Tile & stone floors are typically the easiest type of flooring to clean and maintain. However, there are still a few important considerations to remember along the way. Here, we’ll briefly discuss how to clean your tile & stone flooring the right way.
What is the Best Cleaner for Stone Tile Flooring?
Generally, mild detergents with a neutral pH work best for stone tile flooring. However, each type of flooring is best served by a specific cleaner. Fortunately, the right cleaners are easy to find: just check the bottle to see which type of flooring it’s specifically designed for. Also, see if your manufacturer has a cleaner specifically designed for its floors. For example, Shaw offers the R2X Hard Surfaces Flooring Cleaner for its tile & stone flooring.
However, don’t stop at the tiles themselves. The grout used may also have specific cleaning needs. Not all grout is the same, and some have different cleaning requirements and moisture resistance. Using the wrong cleaners can damage your grout over time. Again, check the documentation or ask your flooring installer.
Why Can’t I Just Use Any Cleaner?
It may sound counterintuitive, but some cleaners can do more harm to your floors than good. Depending on the type of tile and cleaner, some may dull the surface of your stone flooring. Others may damage it or the group. For example, vinegar is often used to clean stone flooring, but it can actually damage and dull the tiles over time. In fact, it’s important to avoid any acidic cleaner.
How to Clean Natural Stone Floor Tiles
There are many types of natural stone flooring. While some of the best practices that we’ve discussed apply generally to al of them, there are a few more nuances that apply to specific types of natural stone floors. Here, we’ll briefly covering a few of the most common.
- Marble: Considered one of the most beautiful (and expensive) natural stone floors, marble floor tiles are porous and easily scratched. That’s why it’s important to use a broom with soft bristles when sweeping. If you prefer vacuuming, make sure the bristle ball has been removed or set the vacuum higher than it can reach.
- Granite: If you have granite flooring, cleaning is a breeze. Simply mix mild soap with warm water and mop (or scrub). It only gets complicated when it’s time to apply a sealer. Fortunately, you won’t need to do that more than once per year, and applying a sealer is almost as easy as mopping (after it’s already been cleaned, of course).
You can also use these tips to clean other stone surfaces, including backsplashes and countertops.
How to Clean Stone Tile Shower Flooring
Chances are, your shower tile flooring (and wall tile) are constantly washed with antibacterial soap. So does it really need to be cleaned regularly? Actually, yes.
Soap scum accumulates over time. While soap itself breaks down in water, soap scum calcifies and is surprisingly difficult to scrub.
The trick is to find a cleaner that isn’t harsh, yet breaks down soap scum and algae growth. Obviously, the goal is to clean your shower tile flooring, not wear it down over time with the wrong cleaners and cleaning techniques. Here’s a quick list of a few ways to clean stone tile flooring:
- Specialized cleaners: As we’ve said before, some cleaners are specifically designed for the job at hand. This includes shower tiles.
- Microfiber towels: These are a great way to easily wipe down stone surface in your shower. The microfiber will remove small dirt and particles without damaging the tile surface. Just remember to clean it weekly.
- Eraser sponges: Are you a multitasker? If so, you can use the eraser sponger to clean your shower while you’re also cleaning yourself! It’s free of chemicals and safe to use without gloves. So feel free to save time by cleaning your shower while it’s also cleaning you. Just don’t use the eraser sponge on yourself!
- Steam: Looking for an effortless way to clean your stone tile shower flooring? Steam it up! Granted, steam won’t provide the deep clean that showers need, but it can help reduce the number of deep cleans needed periodically.
How to Clean Stone Tile Kitchen Floors
Stone tile kitchen floors are easy to maintain, but they do require regular maintenance. We recommend sweeping at least a few times per week, although it’s better to sweep daily. Use a soft bristle broom to avoid damaging the grout. You can also use a vacuum, but remember to either use one that has soft bristles or the vacuum’s brush attachment. It’s also better to raise your vacuum higher.
Mopping is just as easy. Check your floor’s documentation for the proper cleaner. If you don’t have that, just check the manufacturer’s website. You’ll probably find most of the recommending their own solution, so focus more closely on which cleaners they say not to use.
Whether you’re looking for new floors or need expert advice for your existing floors, visit Lexington’s premier flooring experts at Lexington Paint & Flooring today!