Professional Caring for your Stone Floors in Winter Weather

Sand, salt and dirt are big problems for your Marble, Limestone, Travertine, Terrazzo and Granite floors. Here are some things you should and should not do.

Good mats with a vinyl or rubber underside at entrances will help to minimize sand, salt and dirt from tracking on to stone floors. Asking a guest to remove their shoes and boots  before they enter your home is a definite do! (Don’t have to Buddhist to encourage that!)

Blot up water and spills with a paper towel or clean non treated towel or cloth and then go over again with a clean non treated rag or towel to make sure the stone is dry. Don’t wipe up water or spills. It can spread further on the stone.

Use a dry, clean non-oil treated mop to remove salt, sand and dirt from your Marble, Limestone, Travertine, Granite and Terrazzo.  Use a soft push broom to sweep.  Sand and salt are abrasive and can scratch your floors.  Mop frequently to rid your stone floors of sand, salt, water and dirt.  Use a pail of  warm water and a ph7 neutral soap to lift the dirt.  Don’t use the same pail of water for the entire floor.  Change your water a few times.  Would you shower with just water or would you use a good soap?  Same for all natural stone!

Stay warm this winter.  Keep your Marble, Limestone, Travertine, Terrazzo and Granite floors in good shape.