Natural stone flooring is a stunning investment that can last for many years to come. However, even the most cautious homeowners can cause stains and end up ruining the look of the stones in an attempt to removing the stains. Here are some tips on how to remove the stains while keeping the floors looking beautiful.
Understand Your Stone:
Knowing the name and type of the stone used for flooring can help you select the right cleaning solution according to the stone you have used for flooring. Generally, natural stones are of two types –
- Siliceous stones (granite slabs, slate, bluestone & sandstone) – these are durable and are resistant to mild acidic solutions
- Calcareous stones (marble slabs, travertine & limestone) – these are sensitive to acidic cleaning solutions.
Do’s And Don’ts Of Cleaning Natural Stone Flooring:
When it comes to natural stone flooring, there are numerous dos and don’ts that you should remember.
- Do blotting but avoid wiping.
- Protect the floors with area rugs
- Don’t use acidic cleaners on calcareous stones
- Don’t use abrasive cleaners
- Mop floors with a microfiber cloth
Tips To Remove Stains From Natural Stone:
Oil-based stains – These stains make natural stone to look darker and can be removed by cleaning gently with a household detergent, mineral spirits, acetone or ammonia to dissolve the source of the stain.
Organic stains – Organic stains tend to disappear when the actual source of the stain is removed. Exposing the stained area to direct sunlight can make the stain to disappear. Blotting the stained area with the mixture of 12% hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia can effectively remove the stains.
Ink Stains – Ink stains on light-coloured stone can be removed using bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Lacquer thinner can effectively remove the stains from darker stones.
Paint Stains – If there is a small amount of paint, you can remove it using lacquer thinner. For large paint stains, you need to use commercial liquid paint stripper.
If you would like to replace your existing flooring or thinking of install new one, you can count on Baasar Stones – the leading natural stone supplier in Melbourne. For more details on the availability of natural stones, give us a call on (03) 9357 7780.