Stone tile floors and grout are very porous and, if unsealed, can easily absorb cleaning materials. Therefore, it is extremely important to read any materials about caring for your stone tiles and follow all care guidelines. Before using cleaning materials, natural or not, test the cleaner in a small hidden area or corner of tile at least 24 hours before using on the entire floor to make sure no discolouration occurs.
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Hot water and steam cleaners are safe and natural ways to clean stone tile floors. Steam cleaners or steam mops can be bought for under £65. They work by heating up water to create steam that cleans the floors. If you do not own a steam cleaner, you can fill a bucket with water that is as hot as you can tolerate and then mop the stone tile floor clean.
Mix 4.5 litres (1 gallon) of hot water with 45 ml (3 tbsp) of natural lemon juice. Mop your stone tile floor clean with this mixture. Lemon juice is naturally acidic and may damage unsealed grout or tiles, especially if it is not diluted properly. However, if used properly on sealed grout and tiles, lemon juice can be a safe and natural cleaning substance.
Vinegar is a natural deodoriser and disinfectant. It is a safe and natural way to clean stone tile floors. Mix 50 ml (1/4 cup) of vinegar with 4.5 litres (1 gallon) of hot water and mop the floor. After mopping with vinegar, mop the entire area with clean water and dry with a towel or rag. Vinegar is acidic and, if left to sit on top of tiles and grout, it can eat away at the surface and cause discolouration. However, if used properly and not left to sit on the stone tiles or grout, vinegar is a very effective, natural cleaning agent.
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