Routine cleaning consists in brushing or vacuuming dust and
washing the tiles. Washing is done with a mop dampened in
clean water. If a detergent is necessary (grease stains),
use a neutral "Marseille soap" type of soap, in
flakes diluted to 30 cm3 (one handful) for 10 liters of water.
Excess soap will form an unattractive film on the floor surface.
Machines with very low water output can also be used (for
example single brushes). You can apply a white colored liquid
wax polish to maintain a satin or gloss aspect from time to
time, but do not apply too much.
It is recommended that you should never use detergents containing
free alkalis, products containing even diluted acids, chlorine,
javel water, abrasive paste or liquid products, greasy, silicone
products, varnish or solvents. They could cause irreversible
deterioration to the stone and we cannot be held responsible
if you use them even occasionally without our prior and formal
treatment and anti-stain protection
A smoothed or polished stone floor finish subjected to progressive
wear gradually loses its initial gloss. However, it acquires
a patina instead.
Avoid the use of gravel, sand, earth and rough concrete around
your home. Put doormats or scrapers in front of direct entrances
from outside to prevent abrasive elements from entering your
home and scratching your stone or making it dirty.
For floor finishes carrying heavy traffic or in which there
is a risk of staining, you should apply an appropriate protection
product and maintain it regularly.
The choice of the product is very important, once applied
on the stone surface, it will determine some characteristics
of the slab such as its appearance (mat, satin, gloss), its
resistance to aggression and ease of maintenance. A preliminary
test on a small surface is essential.
In all cases, the application must be made on a perfectly
dry floor free from any rising damp. Otherwise, humidity will
stagnate under the protective film and cause known pathologies
on some types of stone (scaling, staining, efflorescences,
This surface treatment and protection work requires good knowledge
of the nature of the stone, materials to be used and products
to be applied. It must be done by a professional and must
be repeated regularly.