If you have kids, dogs or a significant other that are constantly tramping mud into the house, you know how difficult it can be to get those pesky stains out of your natural stone flooring.
Even if you do everything in your power to keep muddy shoes and clothes from entering the home, mud and dirt are sure to find there way onto the floor.
If you have granite, marble, travertine, terrazzo or any other type of natural stone flooring, and you commonly have issues with dirt getting on it, there are several tips you can follow to have mud and associated stains removed for good, no matter how engrained it may be.
Avoid acidic cleaners
If you have an entranceway, patio or pool deck made from stone and it has been stained by mud, make sure that you avoid using acidic cleaners or home-made cleaners with acids in them.
As an example, travertine is a calcite-based stone and acid will really eat up the calcium. Acid on travertine can result in permanent damage and etching that will require a restoration to return it to its original appearance.
Avoid the expense of a complete restoration job by steering clear of acidic cleaners on all your natural stone that is engrained with mud.
Use an alkaline cleaner
While it is suggested to avoid acidic cleaners, alkaline cleaners are fair game and many times are the preferred method.
Alkaline cleaners work well at getting mud stains off of a variety of natural stones and can bring them back to a like-new appearance. Many of the packages for this cleaner will say if they are safe for use on natural stone.
As an added tip, make sure to take a soft bristle deck brush to the cleaner and really scrub to get all the mud out.
Try hydrogen peroxide for smaller stains
Should you use an alkaline cleaner on the stone but just aren’t able to get all of the mud off, try using hydrogen peroxide on the remaining stains. A hydrogen peroxide poultice works well at removing residue on stone and should be able to clear off whatever mud or dirt stains are remaining.
If you’ve tried all of the above methods and would still like to have a professional flooring company maintain or restore your floors, we ask that you reach out to our experienced team at Stone Makeover.
We will be happy to use our expertise on the natural stone flooring in your home and will have it looking its very best.
Give our friendly flooring team a call today at (800) 661-7866 to learn more!