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Natural No More: Resealing Stone Tile

by Lori Madden 03/11/2019

In its natural state, specific stone’s strength is legendary while others react to blunt force, chemicals, and even water. In your home, natural stone floors can beautify your décor and last the life of your house when cared for properly. If exposed to sharp objects and harsh substances, however, it can wear, chip, crack, and even dissolve, requiring expensive repair, removal, and replacing.

Many stones have porous surfaces that can hold stains, and they absorb harsh chemicals that can break them down over time.

Follow these care tips to keep your stone surfaces solid and protected.

Caring for your floor

  • Sweep or vacuum crumbs, dust, dirt, and grit from the floor’s surface.
  • Use protective pads and glides under furniture so that they don’t scrape the finish off the stone tiles. Project the floor from damage made by metal chair legs with chair leg caps.
  • Be quick to wipe up spills. Vinegar, salad dressings, pickle juice, wines, and other acidic foods damage the stone. If left to sit on the tiles for any length of time, any vinegar-based products may dissolve certain types of rock, particularly travertine, marble, onyx, and other calcareous natural stones.
  • Do not expose your floor to excessive heat.
  • Many natural cleaners contain lemon juice, distilled white vinegar, and other acidic products, so don’t trust a product just because the label says “natural.”
  • Avoid heavy grout cleaners, or caustic tub and tile cleaners as they can etch the surface of the stone’s finish. And don’t use liquid abrasives or powdered cleansers for the same reason.
  • Ammonia can mar the stone’s surface and dull its looks.
  • Periodically, clean the stones more deeply with particular products just for stone, or use warm, soapy water or a gentle all-purpose cleaner to lift the dirt and grime from the stone’s surface using a microfiber mop or cloth.
  • Go over the floor a second time with just water, and then dry the floor with a clean, microfiber or cotton cloth.

Reseal your floor

At the outset, and at least once a year after that (more often in high-traffic areas), seal a newly cleaned floor with an appropriate sealant that is correct for the stone and also has the finish you want (glossy, matte, polished, or natural). 

If you’re concerned about the condition of your floors, seek the advice of a stone flooring professional.

About the Author
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Lori Madden

As a Florida native growing up in Sarasota, I have seen my hometown grow from a sleepy coastal town to a highly sought-after destination along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. After working in Chicago for 5 years, I returned to Sarasota and saw it through a new lens and really began to appreciate what makes Sarasota so desirable, including temperatures that allow for year round outdoor activities including tennis (a personal favorite), golf, boating, kayaking, fishing, paddle boarding, or just relaxing and/or shelling on our pristine sandy shores, including Dr. Beach’s #1 beach in the United States for 2017, Siesta Key! Sarasota’s cultural amenities are many and diverse, appealing to a wide range of arts lovers. Downtown Sarasota has become a destination in itself, drawing many new developments for those who want to be within walking distance of Main Street's offerings and the picturesque bayfront and marina. Foodies will find an eclectic mix of locally owned and operated restaurants offering something for everyone, and there are now Farmers Markets every day of the week in various locations throughout Sarasota, but the Saturday morning Farmers Market in downtown Sarasota draws the biggest crowds. Since 1988, my passion has been selling real estate, representing both buyers and sellers. I have been recognized by my clients and customers for an uncompromising work ethic and dedication to helping them achieve their real estate goals. Relying on my experience as a real estate paralegal and being highly organized, I am able to help make the transition between contract and closing a smooth one for my clients. With an eye for interior and landscape design, I've been known to pitch in and help Sellers minimize and/or reorganize their belongings in order to stage their home to maximize its sale potential. I specialize in out of state buyers looking for their piece of paradise along the Gulf Coast and make it a priority to keep them up to date on our quickly changing local real estate market. I welcome the opportunity to share with you all Sarasota and her surrounding islands have to offer!