We recommend Lithofin products for cleaning stone floors. “Wash and Clean” for day to day maintanance and “Power Clean” for a more thorough clean.
For day to day maintanance they are best applied using a microfibre flat mop. Vacuum the floor then apply a thin layer of the “Wash and Clean” using the mop and leave to dry. For dirty floors use “Power clean” with a conventional mop and rinse with clean water. Scuff marks can usually be removed using a white emulsifying/polishing pad (tile suppliers stock them).
It is very important not to use cleaning agents which are very acidic or alkaline.
De-scaling cleaners (acidic) and bleaches (alkaline) can permanently damage limestone and marble.
The most common staining on hard floors is rust from the base of metal bins.
Most stone floors will have been sealed when new, either with an impregnating seal (invisible) or a topical seal (a visible seal that gives the floor a shine).These seals wear off over time.
A professional clean every few years is recommended.
As well as a thorough clean we will also re-seal the floor.
Lino, marmoleum, rubber.
Lino, marmoleum and rubber are best cleaned with a neutral floor cleaner or maintainer (a maintainer is a cleaner that contains a small amount of polish, this keeps the floor looking shiny).
Prochem Protreat and Johnsons Carefree Floor Maintainer are two products. They are best applied using a microfibre flat mop. Vacuum the floor then apply a thin layer of the maintainer using the mop and leave to dry. Scuff marks can usually be removed using a white emulsifying/polishing pad (tile suppliers stock them).
These floors are easier to maintain if they have a couple of layers of polish, this helps to prevent stains (these floors are porous) and stop wear. They usually need a professional clean every few years.
We scrub the floors and strip off the old polish then apply new coats.
Be cautious trying to clean stains, though you are unlikely to damage the floor, you may take off the polish.