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3 Tips for Natural Stone Tile Upkeep May 20, 2019

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3 Tips for Natural Stone Tile Upkeep, North Whidbey Island, Washington

One way to add luxury during a bathroom remodel or flooring replacement is to tile the floor, shower, or vanity backsplash with natural stone. While this material is beautiful, it’s also porous, which makes it susceptible to grime and dirt buildup. Keep your bathroom looking beautiful by following these tips for cleaning natural stone.

How to Maintain Your Natural Stone Tile

1. Clean Frequently

If you used natural stone for the flooring, limit the dirt and grit that gets tracked in, as it can be ground into the tile over time and create a dull appearance. The floors should be mopped every few days to remove accumulated dirt. In the shower, remove soap scum weekly with a cleaner formulated for natural stone.

2. Attend to the Groutflooring

The grout that fills space between the tiles will need extra attention to keep it from looking grungy. Using a nonabrasive grout cleaner that’s safe for stone, scrub the grout with a toothbrush to remove dirt. Then, seal the grout to protect it and reduce the amount of time you’ll spend cleaning it.

3. Invest in a Sealant

Due to the pores in natural stone, seal the flooring, countertop, and shower to prevent staining. Find a sealant designed for your type of stone and apply it according to the directions. Once it’s on, you’ll only need to reseal every few years to ensure protection against dropped items that stain easily.

 

For beautiful natural stone flooring, counters, and showers, work with NorthWest Granite & Flooring LLC. For over 17 years, they’ve installed materials such as high-quality stone, hardwood, and laminate throughout Oak Harbor, WA. They’ll also help you pick material for an upcoming kitchen or bathroom remodel when you visit their showroom. Learn more about their offerings on their website and call (360) 675-­4978 with any questions.

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