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Floors General Walls General

 

 

         Granite

 

Dust mop interior floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop. Sand dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness. Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt and grit that will scratch the stone floor. Be sure that the underside of the mat or rug is a non-slip surface. Normally, it will take a person about eight steps on a floor surface to remove sand or dirt from the bottom of their shoes. Do not use vacuum cleaners that are worn. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the surface.

Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap (available at hardware stores or from your stone dealer) or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Use a clean rag mop on floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces for best results. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble or limestone. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Change the rinse water frequently. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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       Ceramic Tile

 

Wipe glazed wall tiles periodically using a cloth or sponge dampened with a non oil-based household cleaner. Vacuum glazed floor tiles regularly to remove dirt and other gritty particles, then damp mop or sponge with an all-purpose, non oil-based cleaner. Remember not to use ammonia, as it will discolor  grout. Clean unglazed wall and floor tiles in a similar manner using a solution of water and no pine soap detergent instead of an all-purpose cleaner. A neutral cleaner such as Simple and Green is excellent!

*Please remember that ceramic tile does not require sealants, waxes, or other recurrent special treatments. Tile is among the easiest of surfaces to keep clean; most dirt will not adhere to ceramic tile. However, in the majority of cases, mild detergent in water is adequate for removal of soil that clings. Do not use oil-based household cleaners. Do not use ammonia, it will discolor the grout. Generally spoken a neutral all purpose cleaner such as Simple and Green is excellent!

   ORDINARY USE, REGULAR CLEANING PROCEDURES AND MATERIALS

     Glazed Tile

Walls: Wipe with a clean, damp cloth or sponge. For soil that clings, use either a window-cleaning agent or an all-purpose liquid cleaner; spray cleaners for the stubborn spots.

Floors: Mop on mild solution of soapless detergent in water. Rinse thoroughly.

Unglazed Tile (ceramic mosaic, porcelain, quarry, pavers)

Walls: Wipe with a clean, damp cloth or sponge. Use a diluted solution of soapless detergent for clinging dirt.

Floors: Mop on mild solution of soapless detergent in water. Rinse thoroughly.

 

HEAVY-DUTY USE, OR FOR THOROUGH CLEANING OF ACCUMULATED DIRT

Glazed Tile

Walls: First, try concentrated all-purpose liquid cleaner. Then try paste of scouring powder applied with a sponge; rub in gently to avoid scratching the glaze; use a fiber scouring pad, not steel wool (Steel wool should be used on tile only with the greatest care. Always use new pads, since rust will stain light-colored tile, and use only fine-textured pads to avoid scratching. The cleaning pads developed to scour adhesive surfaces like Teflon are safer to all kinds and grades of tile). Rinse and dry with a soft cloth.

Floors: First, try concentrated solution of soapless detergent, scrubbing vigorously with a brush; rinse and dry with soft cloth or sponge mop. Commercial tile cleaner may be needed for truly stubborn dirt in heavily trafficked areas.

Unglazed Tile (ceramic mosaic, porcelain, quarry, pavers)

Walls: Use household scouring powder on a wet sponge, or all-purpose liquid cleaner on household cleaning pad (always use new fine-textured pads to avoid scratching. The cleaning pads developed to scour adhesive surfaces like Teflon are safer to all kinds and grades of tile). Rinse and wipe dry.

Floors: Use concentrated all-purpose cleaner; or paste of scouring power mixed with water, brushed or mopped onto floor; allow to stand about five minutes, then scrub vigorously with scrubbing brush. Rinse and wipe dry.

 

WET AREAS (bathrooms, tub and shower enclosures, steam rooms, etc.)

Glazed Tile

Walls: Use all-purpose cleaner on soft cloth or sponge; wet walls down and allow to stand for five minutes; rinse well. To remove mold and mildew stains, use a mildew stain remover following label directions; rinse well.

Floors: Soft cloth or sponge with all-purpose cleaner or medium-strong solution of soapless detergent. To remove mold and mildew stains, use a mildew stain remover following label directions; rinse well. To disinfect surfaces, use a solution of 3/4 cup chlorine bleach per gallon of water; let stand 5 minutes and rinse well.

If hard water scrum forms, a 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and water may be useful to remove the deposit. This mixture may, however, cause color-shift and surface cracking in certain kinds of glazed tile; experiment first on a small area of the affected surface. The mixture will not harm most glazes nor the surfaces of unglazed tile, if rinsed promptly. Commercial tile cleaners (for general purpose: CeramaSeal by Bostik; Hillyard Super Shine-all / Sanitizing cleaner: Hillyard Re-Juv-Nal / Heavy duty: Holcomb Creme-Scour / Extra heavy duty: Hillyard CSP; X-R14; ProSoCo; Miracle Products; Mapei) are also available to remove hardwater deposits

Unglazed Tile (ceramic mosaic, porcelain, quarry, pavers)

Walls: Sponge with strong solution of all-purpose cleaner; wet walls down, allow to stand for 5 minutes; rinse well. To remove mold and mildew stains, use a mildew stain remover following label directions; rinse well.

Floors: Scrub with all-purpose cleaner or medium-strong solution of soapless detergent. To remove mold and mildew stains, use a mildew stain remover following label directions; rinse well. To disinfect surfaces, use a solution of 3/4 cup chlorine bleach per gallon of water; let stand 5 minutes and rinse well.

 

 

 

 

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      Marble

 

Vanity Tops

Vanity tops may need to have a penetrating sealer applied. Check with your installer for recommendations. A good quality marble wax or non-yellowing automobile paste wax can be applied to minimize water spotting.

       

Floors          

Dust mop interior floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop. Sand dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness. Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt and grit that will scratch the stone floor. Be sure that the underside of the mat or rug is a non-slip surface. Normally, it will take a person about eight steps on a floor surface to remove sand or dirt from the bottom of their shoes. Do not use vacuum cleaners that are worn. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the surface.

Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap (available at hardware stores or from your stone dealer) or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Use a clean rag mop on floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces for best results. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble or limestone. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Change the rinse water frequently. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.

In the bath or other wet areas, soap scum can be minimized by using a squeegee after each use. To remove soap scum, use a non-acidic soap scum remover or a solution of ammonia and water (about 1/2 cup ammonia to a gallon of water). Frequent or over-use of an ammonia solution may eventually dull the surface of the stone.

 
  • Do dust mop floors frequently
  • Do clean surfaces with mild detergent or stone soap
  • Do thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing
  • Do blot up spills immediately
  • Do protect floor surfaces with non-slip mats or area rugs and countertop surfaces with coasters, trivets or placemats
  • Don't use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids on marble, limestone, travertine or onyx surfaces
  • Don't use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub & tile cleaners
  • Don't use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers
  • Don't mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas

 

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       Limestone

 

Vanity Tops

Vanity tops may need to have a penetrating sealer applied. Check with your installer for recommendations.

       

Floors          

Dust mop interior floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop. Sand dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness. Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt and grit that will scratch the stone floor. Be sure that the underside of the mat or rug is a non-slip surface. Normally, it will take a person about eight steps on a floor surface to remove sand or dirt from the bottom of their shoes. Do not use vacuum cleaners that are worn. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the surface.

Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap (available at hardware stores or from your stone dealer) or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Use a clean rag mop on floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces for best results. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble or limestone. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Change the rinse water frequently. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.

In the bath or other wet areas, soap scum can be minimized by using a squeegee after each use. To remove soap scum, use a non-acidic soap scum remover or a solution of ammonia and water (about 1/2 cup ammonia to a gallon of water). Frequent or over-use of an ammonia solution may eventually dull the surface of the stone.

 
  • Do dust mop floors frequently
  • Do clean surfaces with mild detergent or stone soap
  • Do thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing
  • Do blot up spills immediately
  • Do protect floor surfaces with non-slip mats or area rugs and countertop surfaces with coasters, trivets or placemats
  • Don't use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids on marble, limestone, travertine or onyx surfaces
  • Don't use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub & tile cleaners
  • Don't use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers
  • Don't mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas

 

 

 

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       Slate

            A good grade of penetrating sealer is recommended. Ask your installer for specific brands

 

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     Porcelain

See ceramic tile

Unglazed Tile (ceramic mosaic, porcelain, quarry, pavers)

Walls: Use household scouring powder on a wet sponge, or all-purpose liquid cleaner on household cleaning pad (always use new fine-textured pads to avoid scratching. The cleaning pads developed to scour adhesive surfaces like Teflon are safer to all kinds and grades of tile). Rinse and wipe dry.

Floors: Use concentrated all-purpose cleaner; or paste of scouring power mixed with water, brushed or mopped onto floor; allow to stand about five minutes, then scrub vigorously with scrubbing brush. Rinse and wipe dry.

 

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     Quarry Tile

Unglazed Tile (ceramic mosaic, porcelain, quarry, pavers)

Walls: Use household scouring powder on a wet sponge, or all-purpose liquid cleaner on household cleaning pad (always use new fine-textured pads to avoid scratching. The cleaning pads developed to scour adhesive surfaces like Teflon are safer to all kinds and grades of tile). Rinse and wipe dry.

Floors: Use concentrated all-purpose cleaner; or paste of scouring power mixed with water, brushed or mopped onto floor; allow to stand about five minutes, then scrub vigorously with scrubbing brush. Rinse and wipe dry.

 

 

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      Floors General

Wipe glazed wall tiles periodically using a cloth or sponge dampened with a non oil-based household cleaner. Vacuum glazed floor tiles regularly to remove dirt and other gritty particles, then damp mop or sponge with an all-purpose, non oil-based cleaner. Remember not to use ammonia, as it will discolor  grout. Clean unglazed wall and floor tiles in a similar manner using a solution of water and no pine soap detergent instead of an all-purpose cleaner. A neutral cleaner such as Simple and Green is excellent!

*Please remember that ceramic tile does not require sealants, waxes, or other recurrent special treatments. Tile is among the easiest of surfaces to keep clean; most dirt will not adhere to ceramic tile. However, in the majority of cases, mild detergent in water is adequate for removal of soil that clings. Do not use oil-based household cleaners. Do not use ammonia, it will discolor the grout. Generally spoken a neutral all purpose cleaner such as Simple and Green is excellent!

 

 

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     Walls General

Wipe glazed wall tiles periodically using a cloth or sponge dampened with a non oil-based household cleaner. Vacuum glazed floor tiles regularly to remove dirt and other gritty particles, then damp mop or sponge with an all-purpose, non oil-based cleaner. Remember not to use ammonia, as it will discolor  grout. Clean unglazed wall and floor tiles in a similar manner using a solution of water and no pine soap detergent instead of an all-purpose cleaner. A neutral cleaner such as Simple and Green is excellent!

*Please remember that ceramic tile does not require sealants, waxes, or other recurrent special treatments. Tile is among the easiest of surfaces to keep clean; most dirt will not adhere to ceramic tile. However, in the majority of cases, mild detergent in water is adequate for removal of soil that clings. Do not use oil-based household cleaners. Do not use ammonia, it will discolor the grout. Generally spoken a neutral all purpose cleaner such as Simple and Green is excellent!

 

 

 

 

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     Stone

Vanity Tops
Vanity tops may need to have a penetrating sealer applied. Check with your installer for recommendations. A good quality marble wax or non-yellowing automobile paste wax can be applied to minimize water spotting.

       

Floors          

Dust mop interior floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop. Sand dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness. Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt and grit that will scratch the stone floor. Be sure that the underside of the mat or rug is a non-slip surface. Normally, it will take a person about eight steps on a floor surface to remove sand or dirt from the bottom of their shoes. Do not use vacuum cleaners that are worn. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the surface.

Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap (available at hardware stores or from your stone dealer) or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Use a clean rag mop on floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces for best results. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble or limestone. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Change the rinse water frequently. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.

In the bath or other wet areas, soap scum can be minimized by using a squeegee after each use. To remove soap scum, use a non-acidic soap scum remover or a solution of ammonia and water (about 1/2 cup ammonia to a gallon of water). Frequent or over-use of an ammonia solution may eventually dull the surface of the stone.

 
  • Do dust mop floors frequently
  • Do clean surfaces with mild detergent or stone soap
  • Do thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing
  • Do blot up spills immediately
  • Do protect floor surfaces with non-slip mats or area rugs and countertop surfaces with coasters, trivets or placemats
  • Don't use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids on marble, limestone, travertine or onyx surfaces
  • Don't use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub & tile cleaners
  • Don't use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers
  • Don't mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas

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