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05-22-2019 06:39 AM
S Fernz
How to clean stone floors

You will need…
  • Bucket
  • Various scrubbing brushes and cloths
  • Mop
  • Long-handled squeegee
  • Long-handled decorator’s foam roller
  • Rubber gloves
  • Stone floor care products. I used Lithofin MN Power-Clean detergent, MN Stain-Stop impregnator and MN Easy Care cleaner
Restoring travertine floor tiles steps 1 and 2
If possible find out what products were used when the tiles were originally laid. Always test new products on an inconspicuous part of the floor first, such as a dark corner. Use products as directions state and wait for a few days before tackling the main floor to check there are no adverse reactions.
When cleaning and sealing real stone floors, use a detergent formulated for calciferous stone (travertine, marble or limestone) as general floor cleaner may contain acid that can etch the surface. Dilute detergent with water in a ratio of 1:5 and apply generously with a sponge; use a long-handled squeegee for larger areas. Try a stronger solution if very dirty.
Allow the product to work for 10 to 20 minutes, periodically scrubbing badly stained areas. The grouting, being rougher than the stone, is particularly susceptible to ingrained dirt and grease. Experiment with different types of brush – we found a nylon bristled washing-up brush worked very well.
Wipe away the dirty cleaner. Rinse with a mop and a bucket of clean water. Go over the stone floor tiles with an old towel to reduce drying time. Once dry, check if the tiles need to be resealed by leaving a few drops of water on the surface. If water soaks in, the floor needs an application of impregnator.
02-12-2013 05:32 AM
jenny123 Warm water with mild soap is safest on stone flooring in the long run. I am wondering why would the ladies grand kids complain of black knees while playing in stone floors. Maybe they do not clean the floor daily and accumulation of dust is leading to this. Your need to ask her the daily routine they follow to keep the floor clean.
02-10-2013 09:36 PM
david3166 Never use anything abrasive that will scratch such as scouring pads, scouring powder or steel wool. Never use vinegar, orange or lemon based cleaners. Acid based cleaners may damage the floor.
02-07-2013 06:18 AM
tomkent45 I agree with most of others comments that neutral pH soaps are better to use on any kind of stone.
You can explain that this is the best solution in that case, to make her understand why you want to use that product.

Anyway, How did it end?
01-25-2013 06:37 PM
Originally Posted by sprintcar93 View Post
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.
Agreed! Never take liability for a guess. When in doubt about a surface I always have my cleaning staff call me. I will google and find the right products... We actually use proforce floor cleaner on stone surface... you can buy it from sams club.
01-18-2013 10:46 AM
brettdorfman If you found unsealed stone at your home, try to sealed it first. You can use vacuum cleaner. After that mop with mild detergent. It will be best for cleaning it.
11-29-2012 08:36 AM
oliverbuxten Cleaning stone flooring doesn't require more time like carpet cleaning. Most of the time, you can clean any kind of spots and dust within one time wash only. Even though if necessary, you can use stain remover as well.
11-27-2012 02:07 AM
bonniewood I would use vinegar and water, mild but effective
11-23-2012 03:13 AM
michaelvaugan 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.
11-04-2012 06:12 PM
debtide Soap and water only.
10-16-2012 11:53 AM
lauraantypina 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.
08-18-2012 10:50 AM
sprintcar93 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.
08-18-2012 08:29 AM
katty 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.
08-14-2012 05:56 PM
Use pH Neutral Cleaner for Stone

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.
08-09-2012 09:30 AM
rotezlue 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.
05-16-2012 08:05 AM

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!
05-16-2012 07:49 AM
melijack 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.
02-16-2012 02:38 AM
theother 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?
02-14-2012 10:31 PM
ayetti 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.
02-14-2012 10:17 PM
ayetti 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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