Cleaning tile or natural stone and marble can be a bit tricky. You can’t treat them all the same way– you wouldn’t use face wash for your hair, or hair conditioner for your body wash, would you?

Weird example, but you get the point right?

These hard surfaces are naturally porous and each requires some specific care in order to maintain its natural beauty, right?

So what is the best practice for this? What types of products should you use and not use on the different surfaces? How often should you have these surfaces be professionally cleaned and sealed?

With our Tips for Cleaning Tile, Stone, and Marble, Zerorez® Tucson is here to save the day! Let’s dive right in and get some of those questions answered.

What Type of Hard Surface Do You Have?

First things first my friend! To clean and care for your hard surfaces in the best way possible, you must first know what type you have.

If you don’t already know what type of stone is on your counters or floors, don’t fret– Zerorez® is always here to help!

Natural stone can be classified into two basic categories: siliceous stone or calcareous stone.

Knowing the difference is pretty darn important when trying to care for your stone.

Cleaning Siliceous Stone

Siliceous stone isn’t as scary as it sounds, it just means this type of stone is mainly made up of silica or quartz-like particles. It’s a very durable type of stone, and relatively easy to clean with mildly acidic cleaning solutions.

Here are some common types of siliceous stone:

  • granite
  • slate
  • sandstone
  • quartzite
  • brownstone
  • bluestone

With a soft cloth, you’ll want to use a few drops of a mildly acidic cleaner, such as vinegar or lemon juice, and warm water. Make sure to rinse the area with a wet soft cloth after cleaning to pick up any remaining residue or cleaners.

Cleaning Calcareous Stone

Now on to the next type of stone! Calcareous stone is mainly made up of calcium carbonate. This just means it is sensitive to acidic cleaning products and will require a bit of a different cleaning process than it’s friend, siliceous stone.

Here are some common types of calcareous stone:

  • marble
  • travertine
  • limestone
  • onyx

So what may work on siliceous stone may not always work on calcareous surfaces as well. With at-home care and cleaning, these two stones would prefer some special processes and products, that’s all!

It’s a safe bet to use a soft cloth to clean marble surfaces, using only a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap, or mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Make sure to rinse the area with a wet soft cloth after cleaning, to pick up any remaining residue or cleaners.

Too much cleaner or soap will leave a film, easily causing streaks and residue!

Yuck.

And of course, as we said above, these stones don’t like highly acidic cleaners, so avoid using those products that contain lemon, vinegar, or other acids on your marble surfaces.

Cleaning Tile

Tile is commonly made with ceramic, glass, or porcelain. Compared to marble and granite, tile is much more versatile- offering more looks and styles.

Tile is much more porous and is man-made– meaning more air pockets, which means it’s more easily stained. Also with tile, you have the problem of grout, and grout is extremely porous and dirt-attracting!

It can begin to look very unappealing if it is not cleaned often.

You can see now why it’s important to clean the hard surfaces in your home, according to their material make-up! We suggest not using any sticky materials such as soaps, dish soap, or other harsh chemical cleaners. The best cleaners for your tile would be baking soda, or ZR Water®!

Cleaning Up Messes on Your Stone Surfaces

Proper clean-up care for your stone and tile is vital for the cleaning process.

It’s important to clean up messes and spills ASAP, as this can cause stains (because of their porous nature of these materials of course), and nobody wants that, right!

Here are some quick clean-up tips for your tile, stone or marble surfaces:

  1. Remove any loose debris, dirt, dust, etc.
  2. Blot spills; wiping the area will only spread the spill, and we won’t want that!
  3. Flush the area with plain water and mild soap and rinse several times.
  4. Dry the area thoroughly with a soft cloth or paper towels.
  5. Repeat until thoroughly cleaned! Easy peasy right?
  6. If the stain persists or for problems that appear too difficult to treat, call Zerorez® Tucson– it may be time for a professional cleaning!

Tile, Stone, & Marble Cleaning Do’s and Don’ts

Now that you know what type of stone you have on either your counters or your floors, we can discuss some common do’s and don’ts for your tile, stone, and marble surface cleaning:

Do:

  • Sweep your floors or wipe down your counters often
  • Thoroughly rinse and dry the surface with clean clear water after washing.
  • Blot up spills immediately.
  • Protect floor surfaces with non-slip mats or area rugs and countertop surfaces with coasters, trivets, or placemats.

Don’t:

  • Don’t use vinegar, lemon juice, or other acidic cleaners on calcareous stone (i.e. marble, limestone, travertine, or onyx surfaces).
  • Don’t use cleaners that contain acids such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, or tub & tile cleaners.
  • Don’t use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
  • Don’t mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas.
  • Don’t ever mix chemicals together unless directions specifically instruct you to do so.
  • Don’t use vacuum cleaners that are worn. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels can significantly scratch your stone’s surface.

Why Have Your Stone Professionally Cleaned?

Fun Fact: Did you know that U.S. restaurants are not allowed to install granite surfaces in their food preparation areas?

Hmmm… kind of makes you wonder why right?

Stone and tile surfaces are porous in nature, and this allows bacteria and other harmful germs and pathogens to easily slip in those pores to grow and, eventually, reach the surface area where you prepare food! Agh!

And as much as we like to try, sometimes wiping down those surfaces with a sponge and some cleaners really don’t do the job quite right. So how can we clean those pores out thoroughly?

Best practice would be a good high-pressure wash and extraction to completely cleaning those pores out. Speaking of which:

Zerorez® Tucson Tile, Stone, and Marble Cleaning and Sealing

You know what works great to clean ALL of these hard surfaces, without the worry of sticky residues or acidity? Alkaline water… aka ZR Water®!

Pressure washing with Zerorez®’s patented alkaline water, Zr Water®, followed by high-powered extraction is the only way to make doubly sure that dirt and residue are permanently removed from the pores of your beautiful counter or floor stone!

And, as we mentioned above, although different types of stone require different ways and products of cleaning, you can never go wrong cleaning with high pressured alkaline water.

Zerorez® can make your stone counters and tile even cleaner and hygienic with our exceptional, nano-technology sealer, applied by our trained professionals.

Our proprietary product actually fills the porous areas of your stone surfaces that we discussed and stops the bacteria from moving within the stone material.

This also kills and suffocates that bacteria at the time the stone is sealed and keeps other bacteria from getting in there and making themselves at home!

No one else comes close to cleaning stone and tile the way Zerorez® Tucson does.

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