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How to take care of natural stone tiles

Updated: Apr 13

Natural stone tiles are made from natural stone that has been cut into different sizes and shapes. The most common types of stone used for outdoor tiles includes marble, granite, slate, volcanic stone, and limestone. These natural stones have been used for centuries as a flooring material because they are durable and attractive. Natural stone tiles have a wide range of colors and textures, which gives them an authentic look that is often difficult to replicate with man-made materials.

Natural Stone Tile Styles

Natural stone tiles come in many different styles and patterns. Some of the most popular styles include:

Herringbone – Herringbone patterned tiles create an elegant look that is perfect for upscale homes or offices. These tiles are available in both small and large sizes, allowing you to customize your installation according to your needs.

Brick – Brick patterned tiles create a rustic appearance that works well in both residential and commercial settings. Brick patterned tiles can be installed on walls or floors, making them suitable for any type of room design scheme.

Chevron – Chevron patterned tile creates a unique look that is ideal for modern homes or office spaces where you want to add some flair without going overboard with ornate designs or patterns.

How to take care of natural stone tiles

Natural stones are a great way to add a touch of elegance and style to your home. But, they can also be a bit tricky to clean and maintain, especially if you don't know-how.

That's why we've put together this handy guide on how to take care of natural stone tiles. Here are some tips on how to clean, polish and maintain your stone flooring:

Choose the right cleaning products

You should always use products specifically designed for stone floors when cleaning them. These products contain less water than general cleaning solutions, making them less likely to leave streaks on the surface of your natural stone tiles.

The best types are those specifically formulated for marble or granite (if you're unsure about what type of stone your floor is made from). So make sure you choose one of these types when shopping for cleaners.

Be careful with acids

Acids can damage both the finish and structure of natural stone tiles, so it's best not to use them. If you choose to use an acid cleaner, test it first on an inconspicuous area of your flooring before proceeding with full application - just in case there are any unexpected results!

Use warm water when cleaning natural stone tiles

The best way to clean natural stone tiles is by using warm water mixed with mild soap or detergent — never use hot water or harsh chemicals because they can damage the tile's surface or leave residue behind that can cause staining in the future. Use a sponge or soft-bristle brush to apply soap and scrub gently until dirt and grime are removed; rinse thoroughly with warm water once cleaning is complete.

Apply a sealer

If you have polished marble or granite, apply an acid-based sealer every few months to protect the surface from dirt and foot traffic abrasion. You should also seal polished limestone (calcium carbonate) or travertine (calcium sulfate) periodically because these stones are softer than other types of stone, such as granite or marble.

You should now have a good idea about the things you need to be mindful of when purchasing tiles. And what you need to do after you install natural stone tiles on your home. Ideally, as a homeowner, you will be able to take advantage of this information and ensure that your tiles are looking their best during your lifetime. Happy tiling.

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