Keeping Your Stone and Tile Looking Beautiful
Stone and tile adds sophistication and style to any home. Beautiful counters, floors, and showers create a look of simple luxury and timeless elegance. After going to the expense of installing stone, tile, granite, slate or Travertine, it is important that it is maintained well in order to keep it looking its best. While tremendously durable, stone and tile can build up waxes, oils, greases, and dust which makes their finishes dull or uneven. Especially noticed in grout lines.
Stone and tile cleaning is essential in protecting your investment and keeping your home in top shape. Here are some stone, tile and grout cleaning tips that will keep your surfaces shining.
Tile and Stone Cleaning Tips For San Diego and North County Area
Tile and Stone Spot and Spill
Immediate spot and spill removal is essential. When drinks spill on a floor or counter, most people immediately wipe it up. Sometimes, though, muddy footprints, spills and pet accidents can damage the finish of the stone or tile floor. You don’t have to make your guests stay on the porch, but you could ask that they take off their shoes by the doormat. This is customary in many households worldwide, so many people will not give it a second thought in Vista, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Encinitas, and many other locales.
If you do allow shoes on your floor, take a minute to do a quick damp mop to get the moisture and dirt away from the stone or tile. Can you wait until your guests leave so you don’t have to entertain with a mop in hand? Sure. But make sure to get to it as soon as you can. It is the same with counters. Remove spills and spots immediately with a soft cloth.
Bathroom Tile and Stone Cleaning
Remember that some shampoos, cosmetics, and household cleaning supplies can etch or damage your tile or stone. Make sure to wipe off these to ensure the beauty of your floors, countertops, showers and fireplaces.
Your shower should be wiped with a microfiber cloth after each use. This only takes a moment and can save you a lot of hard work in the future. Use a diluted spray cleaner (ask us for a recommendation or ask your stone or tile installer) to clean it quickly. If you have a glass door on your shower, use rubbing alcohol to clean because it will not harm the stone.
Routine Tile and Stone Cleaning
Next is routine tile and stone cleaning. This is important because although stone is strong at its core, its surface is subject to many different factors that can affect its appearance. The key here is to use a cleaner that will not damage your stone or tile. Many cleaners are extremely harsh and will remove polish and etch stone. Again, ask for a recommendation for your particular stone. Using the right cleaner is invaluable in helping you maintain the beauty of your stone and tile surfaces. Make sure to use a soft bristled brush to remove buildup from floor, counter, and shower grout. After, rinse and wipe dry. Swifter like products are more effective than the old mop system, which tends to spread some of the dirty water into the grout.
Tile and Stone Cleaning Packages
Sometimes it is necessary to do more extensive stone and tile cleaning to remove buildup and restore the beauty of your surfaces. Silver Olas uses a variety of techniques designed to give you the best results with safe cleaners, machine scrubbing, hand brushing and polishing, with a high heat rinse, and a final wipe down that provides a beautiful finishing touch. We can also help you keep your floors, counters, and showers protected by applying a protective sealant that will help protect surfaces from spills and permanent damage. Silver Olas only recommends impregnator sealers for your grout or stone floors.
This product is manufactured for stone and tile contractors and is the best all around grout sealer we have found. Whether you live in a mansion in Carlsbad or Encinitas or a condo in Escondido,Vista or San Marcos, or a office in carmel valley , Del mar
Call Silver Olas to see how we can become your very own local stone, tile and grout cleaners.