Cleaning natural stone floors
Stone is a natural material and as such requires care when cleaning, not only that but different types of natural stone flooring will require a specific cleaning regime. One size does not fit all when it comes to stone floor cleaning.
Different types of stone mean variations in texture which call for different cleaning methods. Sandstone and limestone are more open textured than say marble which is denser and harder wearing. Of course the best way to keep anything clean is to do it regularly and floors are no exception as regular cleaning prevents the build-up of dirt which leads to staining. Doing a task a little but often is the answer, particularly important in a commercial setting where cleaning time needs to be kept to a minimum.
How to clean stone floors
A stone floor can be cleaned manually with a mop and bucket using a propriety detergent but for larger areas or for severe staining then a cleaning machine would be a better option. Most floor cleaning machines effectively replicate the manual method, but are much less labour intensive. Machines like floor scrubbers are much faster and more efficient than manual cleaning.
Rotary floor cleaning machines
A rotary floor cleaner for example uses a rotating cleaning brush or pad to clean the floor with the machine being pushed along by the operator. The advantage of this type of machine is that the brush or pad can be changed to suit the floor surface, from gentle surface cleaning to using a diamond finisher to clean a hard stone like marble and a variety of cleaning levels between. For really large floor areas a scrubber dryer which can be ride-on or pedestrian operated, may be chosen. Using rotating brushes and a suitable detergent this floor machine is great for commercial applications as it covers a large area efficiently in a comparatively short time. One advantage of this type of cleaning machine is that it also dries the floor making it safer and avoids the “wet floor” notices.
Cleaning a natural stone floor is not completely straight forward with the right method being determined by the type of stone and the level of staining. If the method to be used is too abrasive it can damage the stone, but if it is too gentle the cleaning will not be effective. Finding the right method can be problematic which is why it is best to get the right advice from cleaning experts.
If you need help with your stone floor cleaning problem, call the experts at B & G Cleaning.