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Benefits of Natural Stone
There are so many reasons why installing natural stone tiles is an aesthetically stunning and functionally sound choice for your living space. Natural stone tile installation can bring warmth, style, and value to your home.
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Granite & Marble Tile
For centuries, natural stone has been a classic choice for a refined look in flooring, yet it offers timeless beauty that is not easy to replicate with man-made materials. The choices of granite, marble, travertine, slate, limestone, and quartzite can offer a vast selection to fit your design intent. Natural stone is a uniquely durable material choice due to its ability to be refinished. Traffic patterns can be erased with a professional polishing program.
Natural Stone tiles consist of any product quarried from the earth and can be categorized into Marbles, Granites, Limestone, Travertine, Slates, Quartzite and various other products. Each type of Natural Stone will vary from piece to piece in regards to color, surface texture, edge treatments, durability and maintenance.
- Marble: Metamorphic stone formed millions of years ago due to the action of extreme heat pressure. Marble is simply “changed” limestone that, due to the heat and pressure has crystallized, melted and re-cooled. Coloring is extremely varied and often accompanied with lots of veining and other mineral deposits.
- Granite: Igneous stones formed millions of years ago under conditions of extreme heat. Hard and crystalline in nature, granite is most often seen polished.
- Limestone: Sedimentary stone formed millions of years ago due to the action of water and extreme pressure. Fossilized seashells and other sea life and treasure are often found in limestone. Primary light beige and tan in coloring.
- Travertine: Sedimentary stone formed millions of years ago due to the action of water and heat. Water and gases percolating through the stone give travertine its characteristic holes.
- Slates: A metamorphic stone formed millions of years ago and derived from sedimentary rock. Slate is normally split (cleft) rather than cut with a saw as other stones are. Coloring can vary wildly. Typically, slate is not “finished”, as the natural cleft surface as its focal point and source of interest and beauty.
- Quartzite: A rock formed from the metamorphism of quartz sandstone consisting essentially of quartz in interlocking grains.
- Tumbled: Stone finish achieved by putting the stones in a machine that “tumbles” the stones around together causing an uneven rough surface and edges. This finish has a rustic appeal.
The Benefits of Natural Stone Tile
Durable & Long-lasting: There’s a reason you’ll often see stone flooring in stylish businesses because stone tiles are durable and can withstand high traffic. Well-kept stone is scratch and abrasion-resistant, making it ideal for families with children or pets.
Easy to Maintain: Caring for your stone tile is as simple as vacuuming dust, mopping or wiping up any spills and re-applying a good quality sealant to further protect the stone every few years.
Eco-friendly: Stone is an all-natural product and if you buy local, it has even less of an environmental footprint. Stone can even be recycled.
Selling Feature: There is no question, stone flooring adds value to your home. Since installing natural stone tile doesn’t ever go out of style it’ll always be a selling feature.
Hygienic: Unlike carpet, stone tiles do not collect allergens so are an ideal choice for allergy sufferers.
Heating & Cooling Options: Stone itself is cool so it’s great for hotter climates. But it also makes the perfect choice when installing in-floor heating as it’s a good heat conductor.
Warm & Welcoming: Although stone is cool to touch, it brings nature indoors and adds visual warmth to any room; creating an inviting ambiance.
Natural stone has long been admired for the beauty and elegance it adds to any space. Granite and marble tile has endured as a stylish flooring choice and, when properly cared for, can last for years to come.
How to Clean Natural Stone and what you shouldn’t do!
The stone needs a special care so that its beauty and elegance prevail over time. Simple care and maintenance will help preserve the stone’s beauty for generations to come. DECOLAND Tile & Stone recommends periodic cleaning of the natural stone.
Before you start cleaning, that are some crucial steps to understand the situation that you are facing. In order to reduce the stone damages caused by natural and human abrasion on the Natural stone, we introduce you this article to help you achieve better results.
First, it is important to recognize what type of stone finish you have. Although there are many stone finishes, these three are the most used.
Polished: glossy surface that emphasizes the color and markings of the material as well as reflecting light.
Honed: satin smooth surface with little reflection of light. It’s mostly used for floors, stairs, treads, thresholds, and other locations where heavy traffic will wear off the polished finish.
That are many Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to clean and protect your natural stone surfaces.
What you should Do:
- Do dust mop floors frequently.
- Do protect floor surfaces with non-slip mats or area rugs and countertop surfaces with coasters, trivets, or placemats.
- Do clean surfaces with mild detergent or stone soap.
- Do thoroughly rinse and dry the surface with clean, clear water after washing.
- Do blot up spills immediately.
What you should Not Do:
- Don’t use vinegar, lemon juice, or other cleaners containing acids on marble, limestone, travertine, or onyx surfaces.
- Don’t use cleaners that contain acid 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 may scratch the stone’s surface.
General Steps for any kind of Natural Stone Surface:
Sweep to remove any dirt particles.
Use only water, or mix it with a small amount of neutral liquid “All-Purpose-Cleaner”, detergent or cleaning solutions specific for stone. Change the solution when it starts to get dirty.
Dip a microfiber towel, a duster or a mop into the water mixture and start cleaning.
Wash the area by starting at the corner of the room and working methodically towards the room exit.
Allow air circulation in the room for a quick drying.