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Old 01-25-2012, 07:55 AM   #1
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Default What you use to clean Stone Flooring?

I have a client that has stone flooring and we are always trying new ways to clean it.
She always want to use clorox as she believes it will clean better because still if is clean, her grand kids go visit her and their she say their knees gets black of playing on the floor, still if looks sparkly clean!
But I think any of clorox, vinegar, are not good for those kinds of floor.
The stone has like unperfection that is hard to just mop. Sometimes I need to get a brush to ean those areas but the whole house has stone floor so I would like your experience with it to make my job better!
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:55 AM   #3
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I would think water with a little bit of a mild soap. You are riight in thinking to avoid anything harsh. I always thought stone was suppose to be low maintenance.
I would think there is a product especially designed for a stone floor, if the lady wants to buy a special product. I would advise her against bleach, vinegar or amonia, and peroxide at that which can be in some of the green cleaners.

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Old 02-01-2012, 01:33 PM   #4
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I've spoken to several Tampa house cleaners who have told me to go with a cleaner that has a neutral pH when dealing with stone floors. I've also gotten advice from a house cleaning professional who specifically says Ivory soap is a nice, mild choice to use as a stone floor cleaner. Perhaps the best advice I received was to never let water sit on the floors, as it could cause irreparable water damage.
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:46 PM   #5
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Definitely would go with warm water and Ivory soap. If she asks you to use anything else let her know that you can't be responsible if it damages the floors.
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:42 PM   #6
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Thank you very much for all your recommendations!
I've cleaned the floor with water and some green all purpose cleaner at first, until she tell me to use clorox because she thinks it cleans better!
I will try the ivory soap and warm water next time! She is very open to recomendations but but my customers are very important for me and I dont just clean their homes but I am always looking for better ways to care their homes
Thank you guys!
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:01 PM   #7
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Clorox doesn't sound like a smart idea for stone floors. I don't know, maybe it's just me. Are you still continuing to use it?
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DO NOT USE CLOROX BLEACH ON STONE! You should clean with an alkaline side cleaner, there are plenty of them out there. The reason that I do not recommend any acid side cleaner is because you must identify whether the stone is calcified or not. Stones like travertine are calcified and will actually be etched by an acid. We have a professional company that does tile cleaning San Luis Obispo and we spend a lot of time identifying stone using hardness tests and mild acid tests, when it comes to cleaning tile and grout in San Luis Obispo it is not a bad idea to carry a bit of vinegar with you and apply this to the stone in question in an inconspicuous spot. If it bubbles than you know the stone is calcified and an acid side cleaner should not be used.
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I forgot to mention that the oxidizing property of bleach isn't a bad idea, it is just the chlorinated part that isn't a good idea in this circumstance. Our carpet cleaning San Luis Obispo company always carries a jar of alkaline cleaner that has an added oxidizer in it so when we are cleaning tile we are able to both clean out the oily and grease (taken care of the alkaline side cleaner) and also break down some of the longer term alkaline stains (coffee and things of that nature) with the oxidizing agent. I really can't recommend this method enough. I believe interlink carries this series of product.
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I am curious how this turned out, like everyone said do not use the bleach, but what did you use and how did it end up turning out?
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Hi,

There are many cleaning products available on the market. Home made cleaners are not much effective also some organic cleaning products are very effective. You should try these products it will give satisfactory result.
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:05 AM   #12
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Hello everybody and thank you for all your answers!!_
I started to use the water with ivory soap and it works good!
The only thing I am still unhappy is with the grout that looks worse with time.
I dont want to go in my hands and knees to clean every grout and wish that could do it while mopping because is a big house but once in a while I do scrubb it to look better_
I just dont know why people can recommend that kind of floor for somebody! It just look ugly and ia hard to leave it very cleaned! Becaus is a stone, all the time I go (every 2 weeks) it looks so dusty!
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You should clean the floor before it is enclosed as stone products contain dirt, dust and this will need to be washed before any wax is used. To clean the area of stone, it is essential to brush and vacuum.
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Clorox is OK to use on granite, but if it has been sealed then it will break down the sealer. pH neutral cleaners are best for all stone. Anything that is caustic or abrasive can damage the stone or any existing sealers.
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Sand, grit, and dirt can damage natural stone surfaces because they are sharp. Use a vacuum on your floor if it’s textured. But avoid the blender bar or scrubber. These bristles are tough and might scratch your flooring. Clean your floor with the help of detergent and small cloth or soft brush.
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Personally, I don't let customers tell me what to clean with. We have our ways to clean so if they want to clean their way then why are they paying me? That's what I ask when put in that situation. Plenty of customers out there. No need to mess with that kind.
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Cleaning stone flooring is essential and every house keeping staff must be taken care of it. Cleaning floor is also good for the health as you can remove dust and harmful bacteria from the floor.
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Soap and water only.
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Old 11-23-2012, 03:13 AM   #19
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In my personal view in this use vacuum cleaner and it is really very helpful, especially on textured floors and keep in mind that too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks.
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I would use vinegar and water, mild but effective
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