Natural Stone Cleaning
THE IMPORTANCE OF A PROFESSIONAL CLEANING.
Natural stone, such as marble, travertine, and slate, are extremely porous materials that require a delicate touch to clean and preserve. When not properly maintained, or if left unsealed, stone flooring will absorb stains and spills and become damaged over time. At Stanley Steemer, protecting your investment is our primary goal. We understand the complexities associated with cleaning your natural stone floors. With our safe and professional cleaning methods, you can minimize wear and damage and restore the luster to your beautiful floors.
GENTLE APPROACH. LASTING CLEAN.
When it comes to cleaning natural stone floors, Stanley Steemer technicians leave no stone unturned. We provide a free in-home consultation and estimate to determine the best cleaning and maintenance plan for your natural stone floors. Because of the complexities of cleaning natural stone, cleaning appointments and consultations can only be scheduled by phone by calling 1-800-STEEMER.
- The process begins by preparing the area to be cleaned. We remove vent covers, vacuum any surface debris and tape off sensitive areas such as cabinetry and baseboards.
- Our state-of-the-art hot water extraction method removes dirt, dust, and excess moisture from the pores of the stone and grout.
- After the stone is thoroughly cleaned, our technicians will seal, polish or hone your stone floors to bring out the natural beauty and achieve your desired finish.
TYPES OF NATURAL STONE WE SERVICE
What types of Natural Stone does Stanley Steemer service?
Stanley Steemer services Travertine, Marble, Limestone, Slate and Granite in most locations. In select locations, we also service Flagstone, Concrete, Terrazzo and Saltillo floors.
What Natural Stone Surfaces does Stanley Steemer service?
Our natural stone services go beyond indoor floors. We also provide services for countertops, shower stalls, and outdoor areas.
How can I tell if I have natural stone or ceramic/porcelain tile?
Natural Stone is varied in color and no two pieces look the same. Ceramic/porcelain tile have repeating patterns and colors throughout. If you are unsure of the type of flooring you have, our professional technicians can analyze the materials and determine the type of flooring you have in your home.
How often should I have my stone floor cleaned?
Cleaning can last anywhere from 6-12 months. However, the length of time could be more or less depending on foot traffic, condition and type of stone, and how well the stone is maintained. Ask your technician for a recommended cleaning and maintenance plan for your natural stone floors.
How long will it take to have my stone floor cleaned?
Time can vary based on a number of factors including the type and size of the stones, amount of soil in the grout lines, room configuration and number of applications of polish or sealer that are applied. For an average size room (generally up to 300 square feet, although room sizes may vary by location), it typically takes 30-60 minutes to complete the cleaning process.
Why should I have my stone and grout lines sealed?
Natural stone and grout are porous materials that absorb soil and spills. Having a sealant applied will help create a protective barrier, giving you more time to clean up dirt and liquid spills before they soak into the grout. Sealers also help enhance the natural beauty of your floors.
How long do I have to stay off the floor after sealant has been applied?
We recommend that you wait at least one hour before walking on the floor to allow sealers and polish to dry. For best results, limit all foot traffic until sealant has completely cured. It will take 24 hours for sealers to cure completely, so we suggest that you avoid any liquid coming in contact with the floor during that time.
Do I have to use a special floor cleaner if I have the sealant applied?
To preserve the sealer and polish of your floors, we recommend avoiding harsh cleaners that contain wax, bleach, acidic agents, or other harsh chemicals that can damage the surface of your natural stone floor. Rinsing after mopping will also help keep your floors looking their best.