Natural stone flooring is increasingly popular for areas outside and inside homes and businesses.  Stone whether in large slabs or tile is both beautiful and functional for exterior spaces such as patios, pool decks, and outdoor kitchens.  Inside homes and businesses, natural stone is a popular choice for bathrooms, kitchens, and shared areas.

There is a wide range of natural stones used in flooring with top choices being marble and travertine.  Travertine is used in a natural state, or it can be highly polished.  Marble is typically polished to a near mirror shine. Both bring a unique beauty to your home or business and with proper maintenance, can last for many years without needing replacement.

Tips to Protect Your Natural Stone Floors 

The number one threat to the natural stone floors is everyday dirt tracked in on shoes.  A great tip is to treat your marble or travertine similarly to how you would treat a white carpet (yes, people do have those, and they can be gorgeous!).  Here is a brief list of steps you can take to keep your floors pristine.

  1. Shoes Off – If practical for you, do not use outside shoes inside the home. Outside shoes track in dirt, sand, and even small rocks.  When you walk on your natural stone floors, these abrasives can scratch and grind your floors.  Even microscopic damage adds up over time dulling and damaging your beautiful floors.
  1. Use mats at entry points – If banning outside shoes is impractical, place mats with a non-stick backing at all your entry points. Encourage everyone to vigorously wipe the soles of their shoes before entering.  While not a fail-safe, this will reduce the number of abrasives that reach the surface of your floors.  Clean your mats frequently to keep them effective.
  1. Check those heels – Be mindful of shoes with metal soles. Shoes with spikes for sports or heels that have worn to the metal can visibly scratch your floors and leave marks that may require professional remediation or even replacement of that section of your floor.
  1. Put shoes on your furniture – Cover all legs of furniture with protectors. While it seems intuitive to do this with chairs and furniture that moves frequently, even stationary pieces can etch your floors over time. Felt can be effective, just watch for dirt build-up.  If using plastic or rubber protectors, make sure they are not acidic and that they will not leach oils or dyes into your floors.
  1. Keep your floors clean – There is a lot of misinformation about what to and not to use to clean your natural stone floors. The best thing to do is to keep it simple.  Vacuum floors regularly (make sure the wheels on your vacuum do not leave rubber streaks or metal scratches), sweep with a soft bristle broom, and mop with warm water.  Avoid any acidic chemicals such as vinegar, lemon juice, and abrasive cleaners.

When To Use A Professional Cleaning Service 

Natural stone floors can be a beautiful part of your décor.  With mindfulness and care, these floors can look like new for decades.  To keep that like-new appearance and extend the life of your floors, it is recommended that you have your floors professional cleaned at least once a year.  It is also helpful after parties or having company for extended periods of time. Professional cleaning removes trapped dirt and films that can damage and dull your floors and

If your floors are looking worn or if you have stains and scratches you cannot remove, please contact us.  The trained and certified Technicians with Inside Homes will be glad to inspect your floors and provide a no-obligation quote for services.