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7 Tips for Making Your Engineered Stone Flooring Last

Mopping white marble floor 

 

Engineered stone flooring offers many benefits. It’s quiet underfoot, comfortable and comes in a wide variety of natural stone looks like slate, marble and travertine. This type of flooring offers a non porous surface that makes it easy to clean and maintain, which is an ideal and practical option for high-traffic areas and active households with kids and pets. 

However, while engineered stone floors offer high-grade durability and are practically effortless to maintain, preventive maintenance and proper care are both key to preserving all flooring types.

Here are seven tips to ensure your engineered stone flooring lasts for many years. 

Tip No. 1: Clean Regularly

 

Cleaning engineered stone is much like cleaning vinyl, since it’s manufactured from the same materials. The easiest routine to follow includes addressing spills as they happen and cleaning regularly. On top of that, follow these additional tips–about once or twice a week–to keep your engineered stone floors looking new. 

  • Wipe up stains and spills as soon as possible. 

  • Sweep, vacuum or dry-mop floors (with a microfiber duster) to remove any tracked-in dirt or dropped food particles.

  • Avoid the use of a vacuum beater bar and rolling casters.

  • Damp-mop the floors with a neutral floor cleaner once a week.

Tip No. 2: Use Natural Non-Toxic Cleaners

 

When you do clean regularly, use an all-natural, non-toxic and eco-friendly cleaner. Not only does this provide a pH-balanced solution for engineered stone flooring, but it makes a safer, non-toxic environment for us–especially for crawling little ones and pets.  

Common household cleaners are full of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which contribute to the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. When released in our homes, they can cause health issues, specifically respiratory illnesses. When it comes to your engineered stone floors, pH-balanced cleaners are also the best option. 

  • Use organic cleaning products and pH-balanced cleaners.

  • Avoid abrasive powders and cleaners and chemicals such as acetone that corrode and etch finishes.

  • Avoid wax, varnish, steam cleaners and oil-based cleaners.

  • Spray the floors and allow the cleaner to momentarily sit. 

  • After a few minutes, wipe the floor surface with a soft microfiber cloth until thoroughly dry. 

Tip No. 3: Remove Sticky Residue 

As you wipe up, you may come across a more persistent spot of gunk. If you find the occasional sticky residue on your engineered stone floors, it needs to be removed gently. Here are some tips to remove this type of residue:

  • Scrape off with a plastic putty knife.

  • Use a non-abrasive cleaner to gently remove stubborn residue.

  • Thoroughly rinse the floor with clean water and a cloth. 

Tip No. 4: Be Mindful of Furniture

Marble Jewel by UltraCeramic

Marble Jewel by UltraCeramic

When rearranging or updating a room, it’s important to be mindful of heavy furniture. Here are some tips and things to be aware of whenever you feel like freshening up your home’s style:

  • Remove metal glides from furniture legs. 

  • Use floor protectors made of non-pigmented plastic casters or soft felt glides.

  • Generally speaking, a heavier furniture piece requires a thicker protector. 

  • Walk heavy metal appliances with a plywood panel to prevent scratches.

Tip No. 5: Avoid Discoloration and Fading

 

Because engineered stone flooring can become quite slick, it’s natural to want to place some traction down with a rug or two. 

All pigmented products can become discolored when they are  exposed to natural sunlight. With flooring, this is most commonly seen when area rugs are placed down for extended periods of time, leaving a permanent size and shape of where the rug once was. To prevent discoloration and fading, follow this advice:

  • Rearrange your room from time to time. 

  • Draw curtains closed and shut blinds in areas where the sun shines in directly.

  • On occasion, peel back objects like rugs that may cause discoloration.

  • Use colorfast, non-staining and vinyl-backed rugs and doormats.

  • Avoid rubber and latex backing, as they can stain the surface of the stone. 

Tip No. 6: Give the Occasional Polish

Tuscan Slate by UltraCeramic

Tuscan Slate by UltraCeramic

Sealants or waxes are not necessary for an engineered stone flooring to maintain a glossy finish. However, it’s important to take time to put in a little elbow grease for the occasional polish. Keep in mind the following tips when you go to polish:

 
  • Avoid abrasive scrubbing tools.

  • Stay away from solvent-based polishes.

  • Avoid using floor strippers on acrylic grout.

Tip No. 7: If Necessary, Make Repairs

When installing any material, it’s always wise to purchase and keep extras on hand should accidents occur and repairs need to be made. 

 
  • Purchase extra tiles to keep on hand. If the damage is serious enough, it can be replaced.

  • Hire a professional to replace the tile and repair the grout.

Make Your Engineered Stone Floors Last

 

Engineered stone makes one of the most worthwhile flooring options for homeowners, especially in terms of durability and ease of maintenance. With these proper care tips, your engineered stone flooring is sure to last for many years.   

Twenty & Oak Experts
Twenty & Oak Experts are a team of flooring professionals with over 150 years of combined experience in the industry. They have hands-on experience with all flooring types and bring inside industry know-how to homeowners in the Southeast. 
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