Time: 1-2 hours
Natural stone — It’s in your floors, showers, and even garden decorations. This mineral-based stone is especially prone to mold, mildew, and stain buildup. (Pssst, you know that’s bad for appearances, but it’ll also affect the strength and longevity of your surfaces). So bust out the cleaning supplies and give your natural stone a good scrubbing — Your home will thank you.
What's in it for you?
- Stronger stone surface
- Decreased risk of wear
- Longer-lasting natural stone
Clean Your Natural Stone for Strength and Longevity
Dust off your natural stone. Grab a brush or broom (or even a microfiber towel) and sweep or wipe away contaminants that would clog up a wet sponge. We’re looking at you, dust bunnies.
Dilute your cleaning solution. Fill a bucket with a gallon of warm water and add a quarter cup of all-purpose pH-neutral cleaner. Don’t have any? You can find it at a local hardware store or swap it out with some less powerful (but still effective) dish soap. Heads up: Make sure you're using a cleaner that’s safe for all surfaces or you might damage your natural stone.
Clean and scrub your natural stone. Grab your handy-dandy mop and spread the cleaning solution evenly across your floor. If you’re working with vertical or hard-to-reach surfaces, opt for a microfiber towel soaked in cleaner. Bonus points: Use circular, firm motions to get the stone clean without damaging it.
Rinse and repeat. Ok, you can skip the rinse but you’ll want to make extra sure you didn’t miss a spot. Wait 30-45 minutes for the cleaner to dry and then repeat the cleaning process.
Spot dry the floor and check for cracks. Mold and mildew love to hide out in cracks where even the smallest speck will grow and threaten the integrity of your natural stone. Blast bacteria and mold away with your pH-neutral solution and wipe up any residue with a microfiber towel.
Stain the surface. Time to break out the natural stone stain — a special solution that protects the stone from weathering damage. Grab a paintbrush and spread the stain evenly. Repeat every five years to keep it strong.
Pro Tip: Spill something? Blot, don't scrub. It’ll preserve the integrity of your natural stone and limit the potential stain area.