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Effortlessly Clean Natural Stone Floors: Tips and Tricks from White Hall Flagstones


Effortlessly Clean Natural Stone Floors: Tips and Tricks from White Hall Flagstones

Cleaning and maintaining natural stone floors might seem challenging, but really it is effortlessly simple. At White Hall Flagstones, we know firsthand the resilience and beauty of well-cared-for stone, having witnessed our showroom endure two floods of dirty river water over the past 20 years without the need for resealing. In this guide, we'll share our top tips and tricks to keep your stone floors looking pristine, ensuring they remain a stunning feature in your home for years to come.

Cleaning natural stone floors might seem daunting, but with the right techniques and products, it's a breeze! At White Hall Flagstones, we've seen it all – including our showroom flooding twice in the past 20 years with dirty river water. Yet, thanks to our top-notch sealants and proper care, we've never had to reseal the floors. Here's how you can keep your stone floors looking pristine without breaking a sweat.

1. Use the Correct Products

Always opt for cleaners recommended by your sealant company. These products have undergone rigorous testing to ensure they clean effectively while preserving the integrity of your sealant. At White Hall Flagstones, we stock these specialized cleaners and feature them in our website's knowledge base videos.

  • Avoid Bleach: Steer clear of tile and stone cleaners containing bleach. Most supermarket cleaners have bleach, which can strip away your sealant. Using the right cleaners minimizes the need for resealing.
  • Expert Advice: If you're ever unsure about which product to use, just give us a call. Our experts are ready to help you with any questions.

2. Tackling Stains

  • Spills: Try to clean up and wipe straight away.
  • Oil & Grease: Use a specialist stain remover designed to form a poultice that lifts the stain without damaging the sealant.
  • Organic Stains (juice, wine, coffee): An organic stain remover like SR95 can work wonders. Simply pour it on the stain, wait for the color to lift, and wipe it away.
  • Other Stains: Check out FILA stain removers for various situations or contact us at 01432 870 855 for advice.

3. Cleaning Routine

  • Gentle Cleaners: Stick to products from the same supplier as your sealant, or use non-bleach, non-degreasing natural soap with lukewarm water. Avoid products like Fairy Liquid or Flash, as they can break down the sealant and wax protection.
  • Simple Motto: "Sweep, Vacuum, Wash Occasionally." Overwashing or using harsh chemicals, steam cleaners, or abrasive agents can erode the sealant. Let dirt dry, vacuum it up, and use a squeegee or flat-headed mop to lift dirt with minimal water.

4. Reinvigorate Your Floor

  • Minimal Effort: If your floor's luster fades after 5-10 years, mix one-part wax with 10 parts lukewarm water and apply it to the floor. This will restore a soft matte sheen without needing a full rewax.
  • Every 10-20 Years: You can refresh your floors using a deep cleaner like PS87 to strip off wax and surface sealant. After a gentle scrub, reseal the floor to make it look brand new.

Natural stone floors are beautiful and easy to maintain with the right care. With our expert tips and recommended products, your floors can withstand even the toughest conditions – just like our showroom has. Keep your stone floors stunning and enjoy the luxurious look and feel they bring to your home!

If you have any questions about maintaining your beautiful natural stone floor, call our friendly team on 01432 870855.