Like any exterior or interior flooring, over time, your stone tiles will build up dirt and require a good clean. However, there are so many natural stone cleaning products out there that it can be difficult to know which one to use. That’s why we’ve put together a quick guide.
Azpects and LTP are two of the UK’s leading suppliers of natural stone cleaning products; we’ve tried and tested their products and picked the best all-rounder’s that will help get your stone floor – whether it’s sandstone, granite, slate or even terracotta – looking brand-new again.
Before you apply Natural Stone Cleaner
Before applying natural stone cleaner to your tiles, whether they’re interior or exterior, it’s vital that you use a soft-brush broom to sweep away any loose dirt and debris. If you don’t brush away any debris before applying the product, you risk scratching the surface.
Also, always check the product’s packaging to ensure it doesn’t contain anything that could etch the surface of your natural stone tiles; limestone and marble, for instance, may be damaged if there is too much acid in the natural stone cleaning products you’re using.
Before distributing the cleaner over the entire surface of your floor, test it in a small, inconspicuous area – a single tile in the corner, for instance – to check that it yields the desired results. If you’re happy, proceed to apply the cleaner to the rest of the floor.
General Natural Stone Cleaning Products
Just like if you were caring for a wooden or carpeted floor, natural stone tiles should be cleaned regularly to ensure they continue to look their best.
Outdoors, over time your tiles will weather which may see them change in appearance – the colour may become darker, for instance. However, inside, especially in areas with not much foot traffic, there’s no reason your tiles shouldn’t stay looking the same as when you laid them.
To keep your tiles looking tip-top, use one of our popular natural stone cleaning products.
Azpects Patio and Deck Cleaner
During the duller months of the year, wind and rain will spread dirt and debris all over your garden, including your patio or deck. In which case, you can use Azpects’ Patio and Deck Cleaner to get it looking its best again.
Despite the name, this natural stone cleaner is not only suitable for your patio slabs or interior tiles; it can also be used to effectively clean fences, sheds, and other concrete, stone, and wood items, including garden ornaments and garden structures.
You can use this product directly or as an additive cleaner for use with a pressure washer. Over a period of weeks, the product continues to work away at the dirt on the surface of your patio, deck or otherwise, so you can expect to continue to notice improvements for some time.
LTP Heavy Duty Grime Remover
LTP’s professional-grade Heavy Duty Grime Remover is suitable for both interior and exterior use. It will improve the look of your tiles by removing ingrained dirt, wax, oil, and grease, which makes it ideal for driveways.
This natural stone cleaner is suitable for almost every type of natural stone, including travertine, sandstone, slate, and granite, as well as popular interior stone tiles, including porcelain, marble, terracotta, and quarry tiles. You can even use it to clean brick.
Before applying the product, test it in an inconspicuous area using clean water and a sponge.
LTP Neutral pH Floorwash with Linseed Oil
If you’re seeking a green natural stone cleaner free from harmful chemicals, LTP’s Neutral pH Floorwash with Linseed Oil is ideal.
This product is suitable for even the most delicate natural stone tiles, including travertine, limestone, sandstone, slate, marble, porcelain, granite, terracotta, and many more. It can be used to clean sealed, un-sealed, polished, and unpolished stone, making it an excellent all-around stone floor cleaner.
Specialist Patio Cleaning Products
In addition to our selection of specialist natural stone cleaning products, we carry a handful of specialist products that are formulated to remove specific types of ingrained dirt and stains.
LTP Grout Stain Remover
No matter how hard you or your tradesperson tries, it’s almost inevitable that, when laying a new floor, some grout will end up on the tiles. In which case, you’ll need LTP’s Grout Stain Remover, which is suitable for both interior and exterior use.
This natural stone cleaner will help to soften and remove grout stains, cement residues and similar deposits from glazed and unglazed ceramics and natural stone, including slate, brick, terracotta, and quarry tiles. You can apply it directly or dilute it in water, depending on the type of stone and the prominence of the stain.
Important: This product is not suitable for use on limestone, marble or other acid-sensitive surfaces.
Azpects Grease and Oil Away
If you have a natural stone driveway, you’ll know only too well how quickly oil and grease can litter the surface of the stone, causing it to look dated and damaged. However, you can now remove such hard-wearing stains with Azpects Grease and Oil Away.
This natural stone cleaner is of professional grade and suitable for use on drives, patios, and decking. It penetrates the dirt and stains to soften and remove them with little effort, aside from some scrubbing.
Azpects Grease and Oil Away can be used directly from the bottle. It also makes an excellent barbecue cleaner, helping to loosen and remove stubborn oil, grease or fat deposits.
Azpects Efflorescence Remover+
Sometimes in natural stone, salt deposits rise to the surface, causing unsightly white salt stains to appear. These stains occur in all types of stone but are more prominent on darker surfaces, such as slate.
If you spot efflorescence on the surface of your stone, remove the stains using Azpects Efflorescence Remover+. It is a concentrate that effectively neutralises the salt within your natural stone or brick, which not only cleans but decreases the likelihood of fresh efflorescence stains appearing.
Apply Efflorescence Remover+ using a spray bottle, watering can or brush. You must leave it for two hours once applied and then wash away any residue.
If stains appear again in the future, you will need to repeat the process.
Azpects Algae Remover
Especially in bathrooms and kitchens, and other damp areas such as outside on your patio or, if not weather-tight, your shed; algae, mould and lichen can quickly develop when left.
If your natural stone tiles have suffered a build-up of algae, you can remove it using Azpects’ specially formulated Algae Remover, which you can dilute in warm water and then apply to the surface of your stone.
This natural stone cleaner does not contain solvents, acids or caustic soda, which makes it ideal for use on almost any type of natural stone. It’s also suitable for use on decking, walls, fences, roofs, garden furniture, and ornaments – anything that algae and lichen like.
Before applying any natural stone cleaning products to your tiles, always ensure the product is suitable for the type of stone you’re cleaning to prevent damage. Also, be sure to brush away any debris and dirt beforehand, and always follow the safety instructions specified.
If you have a question about any of our natural stone cleaning products, please contact our team.