How to Clean the Indian sandstone like a Pro?
Posted on Aug 5, 2015
Indian sandstone is slowly growing in stature as a homely natural stone variety. After growing from a rough stone, today it is a top tiling and flooring option in the International stone market. Though the Indian sandstone is relatively hard to maintain, most professional installation companies offer a regularized cleaning service to the clients. With simple tips and tools, you can also pull off a near-perfect cleaning and maintenance regime for the Indian sandstone slabs.
Here’s how you can keep your Indian sandstone floors and ceilings look like new installations year after year.
- Always start with the Dusting routine
Always dust off the sandstone surface before going ahead with any wet procedure. The Indian sandstone slabs may get scratched due to the dirt granules that often solidify after coming in contact with water. Use a broom with a soft bristle. A broom with linen or satin bristles is considered ideal for the cleaning and dusting. You can also use a dust mop to reach out to the remote corners. Ideally, the dust mop should be made of non-oil based material. Avoid brooms with nylon bristles or with metallic wires. They are likely to scratch the sandstone tiles and slabs permanently.
- The loose debris can be picked with bare hands.
- You can also use vacuum cleaner to suck the dirt from the gaps between the two Indian sandstone slabs.
- Don’t use sticks to remove the loose dirt from the gaps.
- Always dust the floor in circular motion and not in to and fro motion. It reduces the chances of scratching due to excessive force.
- Move to Wet Cleaning
Once vacuuming is done, wipe the Indian sandstone floor with water. Use warm water. Do the wet cleaning in two steps.
Step 1: Wipe the sandstone slab surface with plain water first.
Step 2: Wipe the wet sandstone surface with mild herbal disinfectant. This prevents the sandstone surface from getting corroded or stained.
You can use a bucket of water and detergent also. Some home cleaners available in the market have shampoo-based compounds in them. They give a slippery and soapy feel but they are not recommended for use over the Indian sandstone slabs.
- Rinse the floor properly
Rinsing is a very important step in the cleaning regime of the Indian sandstone slabs. Even after wet procedure, there could be accumulation of debris and suds. Residue of the soapy detergents may also be left over the grooves and crests of the sandstone tiles. In order to remove them, it is important to follow the cleaning procedure with rinsing. Do it with plain water.
Thus, there are two rinsing steps with the actual disinfection procedure sandwiched between them.
Once the sandstone surface is completely wiped off, allow it to dry naturally under ventilation. Avoid blow drying procedures. Switch off the ACs and fans as it leads to staining of the floor due to irregular drying. Close the windows and doors as it may accumulate dust and grimes.