Routine Care For Hard/Porous Flooring Routine Care
Porous floors, like other types of hard surface flooring, are typically maintained on a routine basis by sweeping, dry mopping, or vacuuming, along with damp mopping. This cleaning removes everyday dirt and prevents “gritty” soils from scratching the floor’s surface and discoloring it. When possible, it can help to vacuum the floors instead of sweeping them in order to keep pores clean. This can also more effectively remove particles from the surface of the floor and it helps protect indoor air quality. If damp mopping, type of chemical used to clean the floor is of critical concern. Some chemicals, especially when cleaning porous stone floors, can erode the stone and harm the grout. If a sealer has been applied (which we will discuss later), these chemicals can also strip away the sealer, leaving the floor unprotected. A pH-neutral cleaner is often the best choice. Further, and again if mopping the floor, make sure mops and buckets are kept clean and the mop head is changed frequently. This will help prevent soils on the mop head from being transferred into the floor’s pores or into the grout lines.
Periodic Deep Cleaning Although you can do this yourself by hand it is time consuming and it’s unlikely that you’ll have the relevant equipment or that you’ll get the finish you’re looking for. The best solution is to use a Professional Cleaning Contractor. As part of our process at West Cork Cleaning we apply a specific solution based on the floor type. We allow this to dwell and then agitate/scrub using our high torque floor buffer. We then extract the soiled solution totally. This results in a clean far superior to anything you will be able to achieve yourself.
Should I seal the floor? Well the simple answer is if you want to protect your stone floor from staining then you really should seal it. One key thing you should do is to test your stone for porosity. To do this, add a few drops of clean water to your stone floor and if they are absorbed, the stone is porous. The image below shows a limestone floor with the water seeping in. Sealing a stone floor gives you something called “reaction time” in that you have an opportunity to react and wipe up any spillages and any stain producing contaminants before they seep deeper into the stone. Anything that is water-based will be kept at the surface where they can be cleaned up a lot easier also. You typically have spent a lot of money on a stone floor so using a relatively inexpensive (in comparison to the cost of the stone) sealer will help ensure you get the most out of this significant investment and help keep your floor looking fabulous for many years. If the Stone floor has been laid for a while then it is important that the floor is cleaned before sealing it. My company West Cork Cleaning Services http://www.westcorkcleaning.com will do the whole job for you.