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The popularity of installing stone flooring has dramatically increased over recent years as more and more people realise the timeless elegance it can bring to any room.
Natural stone is a dynamic and versatile material that can be used in both traditionally styled properties as well as more contemporary homes. Adding stone flooring can give a boutique hotel feel to a bathroom, or a farmhouse atmosphere to a kitchen, and add money to the value of a property.
Your natural stone floor can be in place for many, many years, but to ensure that it remains in great condition, follow our easy guide to maintenance.
There is no doubt that the unmistakable quality of natural stone can give a unique feeling to any room, but it is important to do some basic maintenance to ensure that it holds its beauty.
A stone flooring is porous and will absorb any spillages, so when using stone internally it is important to use the correct sealer when it has been laid, then reapply it every couple of years. Once this is done, a stone floor is generally very low maintenance, which is one of its strongest attractions.
It is a good idea to avoid household cleaning products that contain acids and vinegars, as these could mark the stone. Instead use an all-purpose cleaning solution in warm water, then rinse after cleaning and dry with a soft clean cloth to prevent streaking.
As a natural product, stone tiles work extremely well in the garden blending in beautifully with the natural environment.
Caring for external stone flooring is, again, relatively easy. Once laid, it does not need any sealant, just a regular sweep and clean to prevent the build-up of stain causing problems, such as moss and algae.
It is best to give the stone flooring a sweep to clear debris before cleaning, then give it a pressure wash every now and then. For stubborn marks, you can add a little bleach to the water.
As well as cleaning your stone flooring, there are a couple of things that you can do to prevent scrapes and scuffs, as once a natural stone floor is chipped, it cannot be repaired.
Abrasive dirt and grit can cause damage to the stone, so it is essential to have mats at entrances and exits. Felt pads on the bottom of furniture are also a good idea to avoid damage when furniture is moved.
The Stone Gallery has a wide selection of natural stone, suitable for both internal and external projects. The team is happy to give the best maintenance tips for the stone flooring that you choose.
Whilst at the Stone Gallery, why not pop into the Cermaic Tile Warehouse and Park Street Interiors, who make up The Art of Living group, and are certain to have products that will inspire you to create a beautiful and welcoming home.