Stone Maintenance

Care of Textured Granite Floors

Granite is harder than marble and easier to maintain. Some granite is softer than others (such as Black) which make them more susceptible to wear and tear. Traffic patterns, scratches and the loss of polish on stone floors are mostly caused by dust, dirt, sand, and any other particles that may be present on the surface of floor during foot traffic. Many of these materials are permeable (absorbent) depending on their composition and finish and can be stained by different liquids. In general most granites are resistant to acids and alkalis found in detergents (Always test an area first- see below). The most vulnerable parts of a granite floor are the grout joints (staining). The stone itself is also susceptible to staining according to its color and finish and traffic patterns (Flamed, textured and sandblasted finishes are more absorbent than polished).

Note: Always test a small inconspicuous area with the chemicals and detergents, which you intent to use on the floors, to make sure they do not harm the finish. If your floor has had a sealer applied you ,must consult with your stone care professional for instructions on care using compatible cleaners or you may severely damage or stain your stone.

PREVENTIVE 

With all this in mind, the basic items to remember when caring for a Granite floor are: 

1.    Keep the floor clean. That will definitely reduce the wear and tear on it and the need to refinish it.

2.   Wipe off spills immediately, so staining is minimized to the grout joints and the stone. 

Do’s 

  • Clean frequently with a clean mop and clean water and a mild detergent, especially in high traffic areas. Clean as often as needed to keep grime and sand removed. Soil acts as an abrasive and damages the floor. Wet mop the solution onto the floor, and allow the solution to remain several minutes. Then mop up the dirt-filled solution, changing rinse water often. This helps to remove all soil and also does away with unsightly "mop lines". Keep the floor wet at all times during the cleaning operation. Otherwise, dissolved soil dries back onto the floor. 

  • Use brushes and mild detergent to clean scuff-marks, deposits and discolored grout joints. 

  • Use mats at entryways to reduce the amount of dirt tracked in. Use a coaster or gliders under chairs and other furniture.

  • Clean spills immediately. 

  • To remove stubborn soil, periodically use an electric scrubbing machine with a stronger solution of a neutral cleaner. 

  • Daily sweeping, vacuuming or dusting will mean easier weekly care and more attractive floors. Make sure vacuum’s heads are plastic and will not scratch the stone.

Don’ts 

  • Do not use a DIRTY MOP. It may stain your granite and grout. 

  • Do not roll heavy loads directly on your floor. The corners of the tile may break off. Use plywood or any other material to distribute the weight.

  • Don't use everyday caustic household cleaners on granite or natural stone. 

  • Don't drag heavy objects across stone floors.

We strongly recommend that you seek the help of a professional stone maintenance contractor for long-term care and maintenance.