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There's no doubt about it, natural stone flooring is great for the home, both aesthetically and in terms of durability. But there are certain things that every proud natural stone floor owner should do in order to enhance its resilience and keep it maintained for many years to come. Just think: natural stone floors in castles have been there for hundreds and hundreds of years; as your home is your castle, here's how to keep your stone flooring looking its best:
Prevention is better than cure, and the first step towards caring for stone flooring is expert installation. If laid properly, stone tiles will be less likely to crack, slip or become uneven; it's always best therefore to leave this job to the professionals. What's more, by employing a professional fitter to lay the stone tiles, there will be less wastage.
As natural stone is a porous material, it is wise to treat it with a sealant. There are many sealants available depending on the stone flooring type, texture and quality, and when properly sealed, the floor will be better protected from staining, particularly when the sealant is re-applied annually.
Having said that, sealants won't stop a natural stone floor from staining completely, so anytime a spillage occurs, it should be cleaned up as soon as possible.
It's also wise to choose your stone flooring carefully according to your needs: for example, very porous natural stone choices include marble, limestone and sandstone; slate is more water resistant, and granite is a very hard, non-porous surface, making it ideal for flooring, although it should still be sealed against staining.
The art of living with stone flooring and keeping it looking its best is to know how to care for it. Stone flooring should be dry mopped more often and wet mopped less often, as dry mopping will gently remove abrasive dirt which could be harmful to the floor; when wet mopping, a good quality string mop should be used, and it should be wrung out to remove excess water. Cleaners containing chemicals should not be used on stone tiles, especially those with acid in, as these will deeply stain the natural stone.
High-traffic areas may require regular polishing, and this should always be done by a professional to prevent damage. Simple changes can also be made, such as using interior and exterior mats at entrances and exits to limit the amount of grit, dirt and water brought in from the outside.
If you'd like stone tiles for your home but are unsure about caring for natural stone, or maybe which type of stone flooring you should choose, pay a visit to The Stone Gallery in Camberley, Surrey.
Proudly boasting the largest showroom of natural stone in the area, you will be sure to find stone tiles to suit your needs and taste. What's more, within The Art of Living triangle you will also find the Ceramic Tile Warehouse and Park Street Interiors to help with all of your interior design needs within the same place.
With professional advice from The Art of Living experts and following these straight forward procedures, your stone flooring will not only look beautiful, but it will last a lifetime.