Taking care of the floors in you home can be difficult. While the flooring in your house can add tremendous decorative value, it is inevitably one of the hardest elements of the home to care for. Spills, dirt, grime, and the normal wear and tear of everyday life can ruin carpets and wood floors. For this reason, many homeowners choose to furnish their homes with natural stone floors. California is notoriously hot in the summer months, and stone floors can provide a naturally cool surface to walk on. In this blog, we’ll explain how to care for and maintain four types of stone flooring. Concrete & Marble Transformerz has provided professional stone restoration and cleaning services to the Los Angeles and Orange County areas for more than five years. Contact a member of our friendly staff today for a free estimate!
Types of Stone Floors
You may be surprised to learn that there are several different types of stone floors, including, but not limited to:
Marble floors are known for being ornate, sophisticated, and durable. The kitchen is one area in which spills and drops have the potential to seriously damage marble floors, and they will consequently require special care and attention. While marble can add an elegant look to your home, marble floors can be slippery if they are not coated with a non-slip substance. Moreover, failing to regularly seal your marble floors puts them at risk of being damaged by dirt and liquids. If you have marble floors, Concrete and Marble Transformerz can keep them clean, safe, and preserved for years to come.
Granite is a harder stone than marble and it makes for a long-lasting addition to high-traffic areas of a home. Unsealed granite flooring can add a rustic and natural element to a home, but it can also leave your floors vulnerable and unprotected. Spills, drops, and heavy traffic can all damage an unsealed granite floor, and sealing your granite floor is therefore highly advisable. Sealing your granite regularly is the best way to preserve the quality of your floor. Given that granite comes in varying grades that homeowners may not be aware of, hiring the services of a restoration expert is the best way to ensure that your granite is properly maintained.
Like granite, limestone floors are remarkably durable and they can add a natural and elegant look to any home. Just like marble and granite, limestone is a porous rock, and this means that it will require regular sealing in order to protect it from stains and scratches. Regularly sealing your limestone floors will preserve the integrity and beauty of your investment.
Travertine is one of the most common materials you’ll find in homes with natural stone floors, and it’s easy to understand why. It is cost-effective and durable, as well as easy to replace if it gets damaged. Much like marble, travertine is quite porous and sensitive to acidic substances. Enlisting the help of a professional to seal your travertine floors will make it difficult for liquids, including acidic ones, to penetrate and damage the floor. Travertine floors should be sealed as soon as they’re installed, and you should plan on having them inspected and resealed periodically.
The take-home message from our review of these four popular stone floor materials is clear: regular maintenance is essential to preserving the quality and integrity of your floors. While rugs and mats can provide some protection in high-traffic areas, they cannot protect your floors from accidental spills and drops.
If you’re interested in stone floor cleaning, contact Concrete & Marble Transformerz today for a free estimate! We’ve helped people all over Southern California maintain and improve their stone floors.