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Tile and Grout maintenance

The first thing to do with stone is to make sure it is properly sealed. Your stone flooring installer should do this, so check with them before making final payment to be sure. In addition, if used in a kitchen or bathroom, make sure the area between the flooring and the wall is caulked in order to prevent moisture from getting into the subfloor and damaging it. The result can be cracked flooring if the wood beneath swells or a rotted spot where the flooring becomes soft.

Both tile and natural stone should be mopped using a soft, dry mop. You can use a vacuum, but make sure it has a "Hard Floor" mode that does not use a rotating brush.

Once a week or so, mop the floors with a damp mop using a detergent formulated for stone or tile. The manufacturer or dealer will have a recommendation for you.

To keep dirt and dust off the floors, place mats by each entryway. You may also want to encourage those in your household to wear slippers or just socks indoors. Keep the mats clean by vacuuming them, shaking them or laundering them if possible.

Do not use abrasive cleaners such as liquid soft scrub type cleaners. They can scratch and dull the surface of tile or natural stone flooring. Cleaners containing acids, such as lemon cleaners or vinegar, should also be avoided. The acid can harm the sealer on stone flooring or stain the grout on tile flooring.

Interior and exterior natural stone surfaces are exposed to food, beverages, weather, moisture, grease, oil, dirt and other harmful stain-causing elements on a regular basis. Sealing these surfaces with Aqua Mix Sealer's Choice Gold will prevent stains and permanent damage. It is a premium, no-sheen, natural look, water-based, penetrating sealer designed to maximize protection against stains without hurting the tile. In fact, Sealer's Choice Gold incorporates high-quality polymers that penetrate into the pores of tile, stone and grout so stains can be cleaned off the surface before causing permanent damage.