We spend a lot of time and money on out tile choices, and we want them to last us a long time. Cleaning them can sometimes fall by the wayside and, often, we end up facing a build-up of grime and dirt. Limestone tile flooring in particular has a strong durability and, if properly cared for, will last a long time.
In order to keep your floors properly cared for you’ll first have to make sure that there isn’t any damage to the floors. If there is, make sure to take care of that first before establishing a cleaning programme.
Cleaning your limestone and marble flooring might seem tedious at first however, once you get into a routine of cleaning it, it won’t feel so tough. The most important thing to remember is to clean up any drips or spills from any acidic products such as vinegar or juices. Limestone is also susceptible to water stains from puddles and mopping, so take care to clean those up as well. When it comes to which products to use make sure to use one that has a pH neutral solution. Also, never use a vinegar-based product on marble flooring, as this will destroy the finish. Once you have applied the cleaner, use a dry mop to mop up the excess and make sure there are no puddles.
If you encounter difficult stains then make sure to call an expert cleaner instead of attempting to clean it yourself. You might use the incorrect product on the stain, causing further damage to the tile. If the stain has been there a long time, it might be worth attempting to decipher what it could be and research the right cleaning product to fix it. You may even need to hire a specialised piece of cleaning equipment, so it’s important to research beforehand.
Once you have ascertained a cleaning schedule it is important to stick to it. By using a pH neutral cleaner, it will be easier to clean the tiles each time. Whenever you make up your solution, ensure that you have the correct dilution ratio so the product isn’t too strong.
When cleaning marble either vacuum up any loose dust, or wipe with a soft microfiber cloth. Make sure there are no sharp edges on the vacuum head. Using a microfiber mop can grab dirt as it is 99.9% antibacterial and achieves a much better result than a cleaner. You can spot clean marble with a pH neutral cleaner. Make sure to use a microfiber cloth to do this so you avoid scratching the marble. Do not leave it to dry naturally and wipe dry with a clean, dry mop or towel.
When cleaning marble kitchen countertops, be vigilant towards any spills, especially from alcohol or food. These can scratch the surface and leave marks. Always make sure to wipe clean any water than gets onto the surface with a dry tea towel or cloth. Always use a chopping board for preparing food, and make sure that no liquids or juices get onto the marble.
Important tips for limestone and marble maintenance:
- Always clean up spills straight away
- Keep mats or trivets on counters to put under hot dishes
- Use coasters and mats so ceramics and crockery doesn’t scratch the surface
- Keep bathroom products in trays to avoid spillage or drips
- Mop marble flooring regularly
- Use runners, mats and rugs inside and out to protect marble flooring
- Make sure spills are cleaned up straight away
- Don’t use bathroom cleaners or any that contain acid
- Don’t use ammonia or general household cleaners or soft cleaners
- Don’t use any scouring powders or anything that can be abrasive and can scratch the surface