How to clean tiles and stone flooring

We've gathered our top tips to keep tiles and stone flooring squeaky clean

If you’ve opted for stone or tile flooring in your home, one of the many draws may have been the ease in which you can keep it clean. That said, there are certain recommendations for not damaging your newly-laid flooring and keeping it looking as good as new when cleaning. Here’s our top advice for how to clean tiles and stone flooring.

Stone floors

* Stone will often have been treated before it left the factory. If not, it will stain easily so it’s important to seal it with a proprietary sealant or, for terracotta and slate, use linseed oil. Once sealed, clean it with a mix of mild detergent and water. However, it will need re-sealing at regular intervals to keep it looking its best.

* Immediately wipe away any acidic spills.

* Reconstituted stone needs to be sealed with a stain inhibitor then impregnated with a top coat of water-based sealant. It’ll need re-sealing every two years. Ask your manufacturer or suppler for specific care advice and suitable products.

Ceramic tiles

* Ceramic tiles can be cleaned with a mild detergent and water solution and do not require sealing. Damp-mop your ceramic tile with a standard, all-purpose cleaner. Dry the floor with a soft cloth to avoid streaks.

* Never use harsh abrasive cleaners that might scratch the glaze.

Flagstone, limestone, slate

* Damp-mop flagstone or slate floors using either clear water, an all-purpose cleaning solution in warm water, or water to which fabric softener has been added. Wring the mop until it doesn’t drip, and apply it to the floor in slow, even strokes. Ask the manufacturer for recommend the appropriate cleaning product.

* Wipe up spills on unglazed floors immediately or they might cause a stain.

* Remove stubborn marks with white spirit, but always do a spot test first.

Visit Floor-pro.com for great products and advice for every type of stone floor cleaning.

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