Clean the stone carpet

The arrangement of the naturally hard pebbles requires an adapted technique when cleaning a stone carpet. The mostly bound with epoxy resins stones are prone to rotating movements. It must also be noted whether it is an open or closed structure.

Open and closed structure

The usual form of a stone carpet has an open structure in which the pebbles are arranged side by side with unfilled pores. When cleaning, the pebbles absorb water. The largest part penetrates into the pebbles and then evaporates. Therefore, with an open structure, the cleaning water dosage should be taken into account. The cleaning process is similar to the procedure for textile carpets.

Particularly in damp rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens, the stone carpets can be sealed with waterproof joint fillers. This lowers the water absorption on the surface of the stone carpet. When cleaning sealed structures are less sensitive to larger quantities of cleaning water. The cleaning can be compared with the wiping of tiles.

Clean a stone carpet yourself

  • Special stone cleaner or
    Wiper with little to no surfactant content
  • water
  • cloth
  • Mop or
  • scrubbing brush
  • sponge
  • Possibly electric vacuum cleaner
  • vacuum cleaner
  • Maybe fan heater

1. Pre-clean

Remove coarse dirt and thoroughly vacuum the dry stone carpet. If any dust remains, wipe with a dry cloth. Dust can be like sandpaper when brushing later.

2. Mix detergent

Both when cleaning with a mop or scrubber as well as with a vacuum cleaner, the mixing ratio recommended by the manufacturer must be established. For a selection always tend to the lowest admixture amount.

3. Regulate moisture

Soak the mop or cloth for the scrubber in the mop water and wring it out well. The mop or rag should be used a little bit more wet than misty. Adjust the lowest washing power and water supply of the vacuum cleaner.

4. Movement direction

Move the mop, scrubber, or vacuum cleaner straight across the stone carpet. Rotating motion can unnecessarily burden the structure and in the worst case lead to stone detachment.

5. Regulate the plaster intensity

From the liquid applied on a stone carpet stones take over half. This moisture must later evaporate. Therefore, pay attention to the minimization of the water supply by cleaning time and movement speed.

6. Wipe

Even when rinsing with clear water, the least possible amount of water should reach the stone carpet. Intermediate wiping with a damp cloth may shorten rinse-off with a mop, scrubber or vacuum cleaner.

7. Dry (leave)

After the wet cleaning, the stone carpet must release the absorbed water by means of evaporation. This can be helped by proper ventilation. For higher outside temperatures, ventilate only intermittently or insert a fan heater. At lower outside temperatures should be permanently ventilated, for example, with tilted windows. The ventilation time should be twelve to 24 hours.

Tips & Tricks

The specialized trade holds many dry cleaning preparations ready. If possible extend the intervals of wet cleaning. With dry intermediate cleanings, two wet cleanings should suffice annually.

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