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Tile & Stone Care Tips From the Bigwigs at the NWFA

February 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Category: Kitchen Remodeling

Your Denver remodeling contractor has finished installing your brand new kitchen flooring , and now you are left with the task of maintaining its beauty and luster. Here are some tips from the experts at the NWFA.

Sealed Marble and Tile:

The sealer can last for years with the proper care. Be sure to check the warranty on each sealing application.

1. Using a marble cleaner will help the sealer hold out staining, but not etching. The marble cleaner should have a PH of 7, which is neutral.

2. When spills occur, wipe them up quickly. Do not allow them to sit for an extended period of time. *Most foods, fruits, vegetables, soft drinks and juices can eat through the sealer and cause staining.

3. Use a cleaner that contains a sealer. (Some cleaners now have 1-3% sealer in them.) A regular marble and granite stone cleaner will help keep your Denver countertop protected and keep its beauty for years.

4. CAUTION: Be careful of stone soaps. These are good for limestone floors, but not countertops. Too much soap can build up over time.

5. WARNING: Never buy a product that says “and good for marble too”!

*There are some sealers that are not affected by acids, but they are much more expensive to the Denver customer. There is no sealer on the market that is 100% stain proof, so even the best sealer can stain after an extended period of time.

Tile Floors:

1. The biggest problem with most flooring is the way it is cleaned. Most TV commercials show a flat mop, but these mops clean the top of the tile and then drop the dirt into the grout. Using too much soap can also make the floor harder to keep clean.

2. Sealed floors need a marble neutral cleaner. This is a mix of 2 to 5 ounces of product to 1 gallon of water. Warm water is better than cold when cleaning ground in dirt or grease.

3. Avoid store bought cleaning chemicals! Most of these cleaners are a base (alkaline) or an acid. Both will strip the sealer and cause the tile and grout to become harder to keep clean. Harsh cleaning chemicals can also discolor the grout. Most bathroom cleaners will also etch the polish of the marble and limestone finishes


Ongoing Care & Maintenance Tips:

1. Daily or regular dry dust mopping or vacuuming with a soft brush is critical for keeping dust, grit, sand and dirt from scratching polished or unpolished stone.

2. Make sure sufficient walk off mats are utilized in the entry and exit areas of the floors. This is the most effective way of protecting the polish of the stone surfaces, especially the softer ones.

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