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Rock Solid Tips: Your Guide to Natural Stone Tile Care and Maintenance

Care and Maintenance of Natural Stone Tile

Natural stone tiles require cleaners that are made specifically for them, since chemicals in traditional cleaners can damage them.

  • Marble Tile: Mop or wipe the surface with a pH neutral stone specific solution using a clean sponge, cloth or mop. Use only a neutral, non-abrasive and non-acidic cleaner. Do not use vinegar or any cleaners containing ammonia, bleach, acids or strong alkalis. Stones with a polished finish are especially sensitive to harsh chemicals. It is important that the cleaner is a non-oil, non-wax, non-soap and non-animal fat based product. These products act like a magnet, attracting dirt and dust.

  • Travertine/Limestone/Slate Tile: You can use a non-acidic mild detergent. If your slate tile is coated, you can avoid water spots by drying the tile with a soft towel right after cleaning.

  • Granite Tile: Similar to slate and marble, granite tile should be cleaned with a mild detergent that is pH-neutral. Harsh cleaners can cause discoloration on the tile. Polished granite floors should be buffed to keep them looking shiny.

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