Care Document: Limestone Floors
Last Updated: 12/10/2009
key to keeping your limestone
floors looking great is to reduce the exposure to chemicals and
agents that can scratch you floors. Chemicals can etch the surface
and thereby remove the shine from affected areas. The following is a
list of household chemicals and foods that you should avoid or be
|Use Great Care||Avoid Completely|
|1. Orange Juice and Citrus||1. Tile & Grout Cleaners|
|2. Colas and soft drinks||2. Windex & other glass cleaners|
|3. Mixed alcohol drinks||3. Hard Water (untreated)|
4. Processed foods||4. Abrasive Cleaners (Ajax...)|
5. Porcelain Sink & Toilet Cleaner
The following maintenance suggestions can be used to keep your limestone looking great.
Honed and Polished
- Frequently dust mop your flooring surfaces with a microfiber mop and Crystal Clean. Spray a small amount of Crystal Clean on the microfiber mop and dust the floor with the treated mop. Periodically, you may have to clean the leading edge of the mop and treat it again with Crystal Clean. This process will remove dust and debris from the surface. If too much moisture is left on the surface, dry it thoroughly with another pad or a towel.
- Blot spills with a towel and rinse thoroughly with Crystal Clean and dry completely with a clean towel. If you spilled an acid based substance, you may have etched the surface. Call Sureshine to have this removed.
- When mopping is necessary, use the microfiber mop with slightly more moisture and dry thoroughly. Never leave standing water on the surface.
Textured or Distressed
- Purchase a high quality bristle broom that will allow you to sweep dust and debris from lower areas and remove them with a dust pan. Removal of debris will prevent it from being washed into grout lines or holes and building up.
- Vacuum your floors frequently. We recommend a canister vacuum with a hose and wand. The wand should have a brush around the edge to loosen debris.
- Periodically, dust mop your flooring surfaces with a microfiber mop and Crystal Clean. Spray a small amount of cleaner on the microfiber mop and dust the floor with the treated mop. Periodically, you may have to clean the leading edge of the mop and treat it again with Crystal Clean. This process will remove dust and debris from the surface. If too much moisture is left on the surface, dry it thoroughly with another pad or a towel.
- When and where mopping is necessary, dry the surface thoroughly before it dries.
Things to remember:
- The first key to successful cleaning is extraction. That is, the removal of dirt from the surface is the only way to keep it clean. Imagine the cleaning of a window or mirror. The only way to clean it is to completely remove all debris from the surface. Application of moisture to natural stone without removal will eventually lead to the need for restorative cleaning.
- Even a stone that has been sealed will discolor or become soiled over time if it is not maintained properly.
- Water is natures universal eroder. Minerals in hard water can leave residues and discoloration. The materials that dissolve or are emulsified by water will settle by gravitational force into the pores of all flooring materials.