How to clean natural stone
To clean natural stone, use a dry mop rather than a wet mop as using too much water can wear it away.
Use only ph neutral cleaners that are specially formulated, such as natural floor soap, and gently but firmly clean away any visible dirt.
If you want to use a hoover on your floor, make sure it is set to a ‘hard floor’ mode that doesn’t use a rotating brush as this can mark your tiles.
For visible stains, you may need something stronger than natural soap, but don’t be tempted to scrub or use acidic (citrus) based cleaners as this will only make the problem worse.
Instead use a heavy duty grime remover that has been designed for natural stone.
Drying natural stone
You should always ensure your natural stone is properly dried after cleaning. Preferably, leave it overnight, or 24 hours if you can, before walking on it.
After cleaning to remove stubborn stains and marks, leave the natural stone to dry for 24 hours and then apply a coat of sealant to protect it. Leave this to completely dry, as per the instructions, before adding a second coat.
In between cleans, you should regularly wipe down your natural stone floors with a clean, non-treated, dry dust mop. Grit and dirt particles can scratch natural stone, so dusting often will keep scratches to a minimum.
For bathrooms, always wipe down natural stone with a clean, dry cloth after showering or bathing to remove any soap scum.
The Important Do’s and Don’ts of cleaning natural stone tile:
- Do use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices.
- Do wipe up spills immediately
- Do protect floor surfaces with non-slip mats or area rugs and countertop surfaces with mats, trivets or chopping boards
- Do place felt pads underneath any furniture that is likely to scratch the floor, like tables, stools and chairs
- Don’t place hot items directly on the stone surface
- Don't use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids on marble, limestone, travertine or onyx surfaces
- Don't use abrasive nylon scrub pads as these can scratch your stone
- Don't use general all-purpose cleaners - these can damage both the stone and the sealant
- Don't use cork and wood furniture protectors. These can cause severe stains
- Don't leave metal objects on top of a stone surface, especially in bathrooms, as this can leave a rust stain
For more information take a look at our cleaning and maintenance section.