Stone floors and countertops can create a beautiful setting in your home and business, and elevate any room they are included in.

Natural stone and high-end tile comes in a variety of colors, styles and materials, so you can really customize your home to make it unique and really nod to the natural beauty of Montana. Stone surfaces can also last for a long time, so you’ll get the most out of your investment. However, natural stone and some vinyl tiles take a little more care than other types of flooring or countertop. But don’t worry — with a few quick tips, you’ll be able to make your stone and tile floors and countertops last for years to come.

Here are our top dos and don’ts for cleaning and maintaining natural stone surfaces:

Do — Clean up spills, dirt and grime as soon as you notice it

Abrasive materials such as sand and dirt, or even sticky liquids, can rub away at the sealant covering your stone floor or counter, and possibly permanently damage the stone.

Don’t — Use harsh cleaners

These include vinegar, lemon juice or other acids — for example, bathroom cleaners meant for bathtubs or toilets, or grout cleaners — as well as abrasive cleaners that can scratch or deteriorate your stone or the sealant.

Do — Use extra protection

Protect natural stone flooring near entryways or high traffic areas with rugs or slip mats. This will help catch dirt and grim before it gets to your floor. Also, use hot pads and placemats under hot items and cutlery that could scratch the surface.

Don’t — Mix chemicals to clean anything in your home

Mixing chemicals can cause them to react in ways you may not anticipate or expect. Never mix chemicals unless directions specifically instruct you to do so.

Do — Clean your floors regularly

We suggest sweeping or vacuuming regularly, and mopping using a wet mop and stone cleaner. You can also mix a mild vegetable soap with warm water. You can also use warm water to mop daily.

Don’t — Ignore issues

If you notice damaged stone or sealant, call a professional to schedule an appointment to fix the issue before it gets worse.

Are you ready to install tile or natural stone surfaces in your home? Contact the team at Rocky Mountain Tile and Stone to start designing your dream today.