Old floors are historic and may need consistent work to keep them in good, usable condition. If you are purchasing an older home that has an old stone floor that is seriously damaged from years of neglect, it is important to try to restore the floor instead of replace it. One of the main reasons for this is that replacing the floor will distill some of the character of the home. Not only will the flooring look lovely once restored, but it will also be a great conversation piece. To think that you are sharing the same floor that people decades before you shared is pretty incredible. If you are unsure of how to restore your stone tiles, we are happy to provide some tips.
- When in doubt, hire a professional. If you are worried about damaging your stone tiles further, there is no shame in hiring a professional service who specializes in stone floor cleaning to do it for you. This will ensure that your tiles are restored back to their original condition and will be usable for the foreseeable future. In addition, if you hire a professional service to come restore your tiles, they may be able to tell you about the historical significance to the tiles and how people lived in the period in which they were initially laid.
- Sand stones when needed. Older flooring can become chipped and uneven at times. Instead of throwing out the tiles, you can have them sanded down or plastered to even them out. This will add additional character to your tiles and will help the tiles become more durable so that you and your family can continue to use the floor in a safe manner.
- Fill holes with mortar. It is quite common for older stones to degenerate over time. Some degeneration can occur in the form of holes or cracks in the tile. The simple way to fix a whole or large crack is to fill it with hydraulic lime mortar. This will keep it usable for a period of time but it is likely that you will need professional service at some point to fully restore the flooring.
- Sweep, vacuum, or mop regularly. To care for your old stone floor, it is imperative that you sweep, vacuum, or mop regularly. If you are going to mop your floor, be sure to do so with as little water as possible. The best mixture is to use 50% water and 50% mild special poulticing. Do what you can to avoid using harsh cleaners as it can strip the stone and cause discoloration.
Caring for an old floor can be a great deal of work but it doesn’t have to be. When you make it a habit to care for your floor as you would do the dishes, you will find that it is not that hard of a task. If you are ever in need of stone replacement or holes filled, be sure to contact a professional in your area to assist you so that you do not further damage your flooring.