Now you know what to do and what not do. What other precautions should be taken with natural stone? Here are more tips to add to your Natural Stone Owner’s Manual
Walk Off Mats and Rugs
Use good quality, dirt-trapping walk-off mats at all exterior doors to prevent dirt and sand (which can act like sandpaper) from entering your home. Normally, it will take a person about six to eight steps on a floor surface to remove sand or dirt from the bottom of their shoes. Use area rugs on high traffic pathways and pivot areas—at ends of steps, near doorways, etc. All rugs should allow floors to breathe. Avoid rubber-backed or non-ventilated rugs. Use no-slip rug underlayment made especially for hard surface flooring to prevent your rugs from moving.
Always put felt protective pads on the legs of your furniture. They allow the furniture to be moved easily without scratching or denting your floor’s finish and can also provide a sound deadening barrier. Replace your felt pads often as dirt and grit can become embedded in them or as they become worn.
Plants and Planters
Never place potted plants directly in contact with your stone flooring, even if they are placed in waterproof saucers. Condensation can develop under these saucers and damage your flooring. To avoid this place your plants on trivets or stands so that air can circulate underneath.
Remember, soil is acidic. When feeding plants be extra careful not to spill fertilizers onto natural stone surfaces.