Instructions on Cleaning Granite Floors

Cleaning granite floors begins with a plan which should include daily, weekly and annual treatments in addition to any granite repairs or sealing.

Daily Granite Floor Care

Adopt a "No Shoes" policy.

Cleaning Granite Floors begins with some good habits. First, adopt a NO SHOE POLICY. Shoes trap dirt, sand and other debris in their soles which acts like sandpaper on the granite when your shoes contact the surface of the granite. To prolong the life of the shine and keep excess dirt outside, have your family members take their shoes off before walking on the granite floor.

Dust mop or Vacuum.

The next step in your daily Granite Floor Cleaning plan is to remove dust and debris from the floor using a microfiber dust mop. This keeps your granite floors clean and helps prevent the damaging effects of abrasive dirt. Purchase a large dust mop to make quick cleaning of larger granite floors.

Wipe up spills.

Last, quickly wipe up any spills or drips using a damp rag. If the area is sticky, spray granite floor with a neutral PH granite cleaner prior to wiping. (NOTE: Always test your granite cleaner in a small inconspicuous area prior to use on the entire surface to determine if the product is suitable). After the spill has been removed, use a dry towel to dry the surface.

Weekly or Biweekly Granite Floor Care

Clean the floor.

Periodically use a damp microfiber mop for cleaning granite floors. Depending on your traffic (how many people walk across the floor on a daily basis) you may need to damp mop once or twice a month. Moisten the microfiber mop with a neutral granite cleaner. Don't use to much water! Only use enough water to pick up the dirt. When done, there should not be any standing water in the grout lines. If there is and water puddled in the grout, you need to use less water when moistening the microfiber mop. Push the damp mop back and forth over the granite floor in an area of about 100 square feet (10 ft by 10 ft). When you complete this section, remove the damp microfiber cloth from the mop and replace with a dry microfiber cloth. Use the dry microfiber mop to dry the area you just mopped by pushing the mop back and forth.

Monthly Granite Floor Care

Inspect the floor.

Since you are cleaning on a regular interval, cleaning granite floors monthly is not necessary. However, you do need to inspect your granite floors. Carefully check the grout for gaps or cracks. Check for holes in the surface of the granite. Click her for granite floor repair instructions

Annual Granite Floor Care

Test the Sealant.

Since granite floors don't get as much use as granite countertops, the protective sealant will last much longer. Every 2 or 3 years you should test the strength of the sealant by performing a water-bead test. Cleaning granite floors using this plan result in almost no needed annual care! To perform the water-bead test on your granite floors, drip water in several areas of the floor. Watch the drip as it hits the granite floor. When the drip hits the surface, it should flatten out, then the drip will shrink in diameter and get higher and more round forming a dome. This "beading" of the water indicates that the sealant is repelling water effectively. If the water does not bead up on the granite counter as described, you should apply granite sealant.

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