A guide to caring for your natural stone tiles and pavers in your Melbourne home

So you’ve just chosen natural stone tiles or pavers for your home or backyard in Melbourne? Great choice. With choosing this beautiful and unique stone comes a responsibility to make sure that they are kept in top condition and last for years to come.

Here are some simple steps you can take to keep your tiles or pavers in top condition.

Use a sealant
Sealants should be applied from time to time depending on how often you use the area and if the weather can affect them easily. For example, pavers outside in the Melbourne weather or pool area pavers would need a little bit extra TLC. Be careful though, due to the characteristics of the stone, some products can react on the tile or paver surface. Make sure to read the bottles first.

Precautions
Of course, there are ways to prevent any stains or damage to your pavers or tiles in your day to day life while still being able to enjoy the space. Simple things like using coasters under glasses (especially those containing alcohol or citrus) can make a huge difference. Heaps of common food and drinks contain acids that can dull or stain the surface, so be sure to use tablecloths and placemats when eating! Also, for extra caution, use mats underneath hot dishes.

Occasional care
It doesn’t take a ton of cleaning products and hours at a time to keep your natural stone in the best condition possible— simply wiping surfaces down with clean water or methylated spirits every now and then is a perfect way to keep your natural stone in tip-top condition.

Floor tile surfaces
Be sure to dust and mop floor tiles frequently with a dry mop. This makes sure that any sand, dirt and grit don’t have a chance to damage the floors. Use mats or rugs where there is normally foot traffic, so that your tiles are kept free from outside dirt that may scratch or damage floor tiles Melbourne. When mopping the floor, its best to use a steam mop or natural cleaning agents, like vinegar.

If trouble does occur….

Accidents do happen, so it’s best to know what to use when it comes time to clean up a spill or stain on your tiles or pavers. Here are our top tips for handling a spill or stain:
Blot the spill with some paper towel. Don’t wipe the area, it will spread the spill.
Flush the area with water and a mild soap and repeat this several times.
Dry the surface completely with a soft cloth. Repeat if necessary.

Remember, with proper care, it’s easy to keep your natural stone looking like new year after year! They are one of the easiest stones to maintain, they just need a touch of special attention.

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