How do I remove a stain from stone flooring?
You should always check your manufacturer's recommendations first. Some stains can be drawn out with a method called ‘poulticing' which uses a reducing agent to draw the stain into a cloth.
How do I clean and maintain my stone flooring?
Keep abrasive materials off of polished floors to maintain their shine by using outdoor mats and indoor rugs. Once damaged, the only way to restore the shine is to regrind the stone floor and re-polish it. Use a dust mop to pick up dirt and debris rather than a beater brush vacuum. You should use a neutral cleanser recommended by the manufacturer with a wet mop or a wet/dry vacuum from time to time. Outdoor stone can often be power-washed. Attend to any spills immediately to prevent damage to the floor. You should reseal your stone flooring from time to time to keep pores closed. Never use any chemical or acidic products on your stone floor. Check with your manufacturer for the best care regimem.
Do you have any suggestions for maintaining stone flooring installed in a shower stall?
Clean your shower stalls daily with a solution recommended by the manufacturer. Address any mildew in the grout lines or soap scum immediately with a cleanser recommended for natural stone.
Where can stone flooring be installed?
It depends on the type of stone being installed. Most stone flooring can be installed outdoors or indoors in residential or commercial areas, as long as they are protected from pooling liquids and acidic substances. You may need a moisture barrier in certain situations. Check with your local supplier to find what type of stone flooring will work best in the area you want to install.
How are stone floor tiles usually installed?
Stone floor tiles are most commonly glued to the subfloor. Spaces left between tiles are filled with grout. Most floors are buffed to a polished, matte, or textured look, then sealed.
Why should stone flooring be sealed and how is it done?
Stone is a very porous material which tends to hold liquid and debris. A sealer is used to keep these pores clogged and sealed so that liquid and debris stays on the surface and does not sink into the stone. A sealer will help your stone flooring keep its original beauty and protect it from staining.
How do you cut stone floor tile?
Stone floor tiles are cut with a water saw and then sanded and polished on the edges.
Is stone flooring recommended for self installation?
Usually, no. Unless you are a seasoned self-installer, stone installation should be left to a professional. It is an extremely heavy type of flooring that needs to be handled with precision and care. It also takes special tools to cut and install stone flooring.
What are the differences and similarities between stone and ceramic tile?
Both are hard surfaces that are cold to the touch and unforgiving on dropped objects. There are many differences, however. Natural stone will vary in color and can have unique flaws, while ceramic tile is more consistent and uniform. Stone is also more difficult to maintain as periodic deep-cleaning and sealing needs to be done. Stone tends to absorb moisture or "breathe," making it prone to stains from many acidic foods such as ketchup, orange juice, vinegar, and others. Stone flooring is generally expected to be a harder material than ceramic, although in some situations this is not true. For example, in freezing conditions some types of slate can literally "explode". However, there are also certain ceramics that are not suitable for outdoor use in some climates. Stone is usually more expensive but also more luxurious-looking.
What are the benefits of stone floors?
Stone flooring has exceptional natural beauty, is available in a variety of shades and tones, and it often seems to sparkle. It can be installed outdoors or indoors in residential or commercial areas. Stone flooring is extremely durable and can last several lifetimes, if properly maintained. It does not contain chemicals, unless artificially finished instead of polished. It is also hypoallergenic and antimicrobial as it is a natural product.
What are the disadvantages of stone floors?
Stone floors have a porous surface that tends to hold liquid, dirt and debris if not properly sealed. They are generally a little more expensive than ceramic tile and many other types of flooring. Anything acidic can harm a stone floor, including orange juice, urine, ketchup, lemonade and so on. Stone floors are hard and cold to the touch and can be slippery when wet. The color can vary and flaws are possible. Some stones such as slate can explode in freezing temperatures. A professional installation is recommended as stone flooring is very heavy and precision and skill are needed.
What are the different stone floor finishes?
Stone flooring can usually be found in four basic finishes. Polished has a very shiny appearance. Honed gives a more matte appearance and reflects less light. Brushed and tumbled finish result in different textured surfaces.
What is travertine and how is it formed?
Travertine belongs to the limestone family and is also known as Calcium Carbonate. It is formed by minerals that dissolve in the water on the ground which are then deposited on the surface.
What colors are travertine floors available in?
The natural color of travertine is a result of iron or other organic materials. These materials can give the stone a gold, ivory, beige, walnut, espresso or other similar color.
What is slate and how is it formed?
Slate is a type of stone used in flooring that is made from quartz, calcite, mica, and chlorite. It is formed when these sediments are put under pressure and heat by the earth's crust.
What colors are slate floors available in?
Slate flooring is available in a variety of colors including shades of green, red, purple, black, and gray.
What is sandstone and how is it formed?
Sandstone is one of the most durable, long-lasting types of flooring available. It is composed of a sedimentary rock made of feldspar and quartz.
What colors are sandstone floors available in?
Sandstone flooring can come in shades of white, grey, yellow, and red.