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Whether you’re considering investing in a natural stone kitchen floor or you’d like to learn more about how to care for your existing flooring tiles, you’re in the right place.
Stone is a great way to make a statement while adding value to your home and is the perfect addition both inside and out. Because it can be fairly expensive, it’s important to make sure you take good care of the stone floors in your home.Let’s look at how to get the best out of your natural stone kitchen flooring tiles.
Is natural stone a good material for a kitchen floor?
Natural stone is a beautiful and durable material, which is why it’s a popular choice for kitchen floor tiles. If you have a large, open-plan kitchen, stone tiles can look spectacular. Likewise, they are an attractive and practical addition to small kitchens.
Other materials such as vinyl or tile are often much cheaper, but they may not stand the test of time. By investing in stone flooring, you can enjoy the luxury and beauty of this material for many years to come. However, while they’re very hard-wearing, it’s important to look after your stone flooring tiles properly to prolong the life of your kitchen floor.
Clean your kitchen floor regularly
Staying on top of regular cleaning and maintenance will help your natural stone tiles to last longer.
Regularly sweeping prevents the build up of any dirt, grit or other particles that can scratch the surface of the stone. After sweeping, you can use a pH-neutral cleaning solution to mop the flooring tiles. Always make sure to use the correct type of cleaner for your stone, and never use harsh or abrasive chemicals.
Make sure to wipe up any spills or stains quickly to prevent stains from becoming embedded in the surface of the stone. For tough stains, use a specialist stone cleaner in place of scrubbing. Be particularly careful with acidic liquids like juice, vinegar and alcohol.
Seal your flooring tiles
It’s recommended that you seal natural stone tiles to protect the surface and prevent ingress of moisture. As most natural stone is porous, it can become damaged if water or other liquids are left sitting on the surface.Another benefit of sealing is that it makes it easier to wipe off stains, which again may seep into the porous stone tile if left untreated. Remember to regularly re-seal your kitchen floor to maintain this level of protection.
Prevent dirt from getting in the house
Using a doormat is a surprisingly effective way to keep your stone flooring tiles in good condition. By wiping your feet before you enter your home, you can prevent mud, dirt and water from being tracked onto your kitchen floor.
Add a doormat for both your front and back doors, particularly if either of them leads directly into the kitchen. Remember to regularly shake out and hoover your doormats to get rid of any trapped dirt.
Wearing slippers or house shoes is another good way to avoid tracking dirt inside. For pet owners, give paws a quick wash and dry when your pet comes back inside from a walk or a trip to the garden.
Stamford Stone at Home’s experts are always on hand to help you get the best out of your natural stone kitchen floor.
Whether you’re not sure which stone flooring is right for your kitchen, or you need advice on the most suitable cleaners and sealants for your flooring tiles, just get in touch and one of our stone specialists will be happy to help.