Good quality entry and exit mats will help trap dirt, soil and grime that will abrade and discolor the surface of your tile and grout. Vacuum and/or clean these mats frequently to remove the trapped dirt and minimize the risk of transfer to the floor.
Use protective trivets, coasters, & place-mats
Common food items and dishware can etch and scratch the tile and stone on your counter-tops and tables. It is highly recommended that you use trivets, coasters, and place-mats to protect your tile and stone surfaces from stains and damage.
Felt pad protectors are amazing and incredibly inexpensive. They can be found at most stores that supply items for your home. Place these under furniture legs to avoid scratching and marring of your floor’s tile or stone surface. Also, beware of metal furniture, the metal could rust and impart stains on your floor’s surface. Always, always, always protect your floor when moving heavy furniture or appliances. Blankets, tarps, felt pads, making sure to lift the furniture instead of dragging; these will save your floors from scratches and other unsightly blemishes.
It is very important to prevent the build-up and dust and dirt by sweeping, dusting or dust mopping on a daily basis. This will remove any surface debris which could scratch or otherwise harm your floors. Also remember to take care of those holiday spills as soon as they occur so that water or other liquids aren’t allowed to stain your floor. Remember that tile and stone can be porous so anything that seeps through the pores of the material will stain it very quickly and will be very hard to remove after the fact. This is especially true of the more delicate stones like marble.
At J3 Services we can’t stress this enough. Sealer is very important for the longevity of your tile and stone. We recommend the use of a high-quality, penetrating sealer to properly protect your stone and grout from everyday spills and allow extra time for clean up before stains set in. Proper preparation of the stone surface is critical to the successful application of sealants. Different stones have unique finishes, density and porosity so make sure to use a sealer that will protect your specific type of stone. Before sealing, be sure to observe the proper cure time for your grout after installation, this can be as much as 14 days. Note that most sealers will not protect your stone from etching, which is a chemical reaction to direct contact from acidic substances (such as juice, vinegar, wine, etc.) that may affect the color or sheen of your stone which is precisely why you want to clean up those spills as soon as they occur. Regularly reseal your stone and grout, especially in high-traffic or high-moisture areas. Consult the sealant manufacturer information for specific guidelines, or contact us! J3 Services can perform the work for you and give you that piece of mind. Remember, the holidays are suppose to be for family and loved ones, let J3 Services worry about your tile and stone.