Natural No More: Resealing Stone Tile

by Nicki Fettuccia 09/01/2019

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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Nicki Fettuccia

 Nicki Fettuccia's integrity, hard work, contagious energy and quality of service in every detail of your real estate transaction is exactly what you've been looking for.  Nicki grew up in Broome County,however, moved to the Capital District in 1998 where she knew this was where she wanted to raise her two sons.

She started her love of helping people realize their home ownership dreams back in 1992 where she worked as a Residential Mortgage Loan Processor.  She has worked most every aspect of the industry representing Owners, Buyers, Investors,and Banks both in the residential and commercial market.

Nicki is a proud mother of 2 young men and devoted to her very supportive Fiance, Bob.  An adventurer by nature; you can find Nicki hiking orkayaking in the Spring, on a motorcycle road trip in the Summer and Fall, or a spontaneous zip line adventure thru the Catskill Mountains.

Nicki has been trained and inspired in sales by some of the best.  Speakers like Than Merrill, Sean Mc Nicholas, Simon Sinek and Les Brown; just to name a few.  She flies the United States to build strong networking relationships to continue her knowledge and education in the industry.  Always looking to be the best person and agent to her clients.

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