The following article’s goal is to provide our commercial readers with the proper steps to clean unsealed stone floors. Stone floor cleaning is becoming a popular and common topic because so many commercial buildings have moved away from carpeting and vinyl type floors. This is especially true in the common areas of a commercial building such as in a lobby. So it is no wonder that stone floor cleaning and how to properly clean stone floors is being requested by commercial facility managers.


These stone floor cleaning procedures outlined be in this article can be used on almost all stone floors.


Stone floors are quite a general term that refers to all stone floors. Interesting enough is if you know how to clean an unsealed marble floor or travertine floor, you basically know how to clean all unsealed stone floors including, slate, quarried, concrete, granite, terrazzo, etc.


When it comes to stone floor cleaning you can clean them with a neutral floor cleaner. Stone floors can be sealed through a variety of methods including top coating such as a floor finish, or a penetrating seal that fills the pores but leaves the stone looking natural. The choice is up to the person’s personal preference.


If the stone floor has been coated with a floor finish, wax, polish or sealer, the Daily cleaning procedure would be the same with the exception of using a general purpose floor cleaner as the cleaning agent.



Stone Floor Cleaning – Unsealed Stone Step By Step Procedures


Set up:

Wet Floor Signs or Barricade area being cleaned with Caution Tape.

If entrance matting is removable, unload soil from entrance matting. If not, utilize a dry vacuum procedure to remove the loose soil from the matting.

Dry Cleaning:

Dust mop floor with untreated dust mop to remove most of the surface dust. However, if microfiber dust mops are available, they are the recommended tool for this procedure. Remove gum and other debris adhered to the floor with a Blunt Plastic Scraper.


Wet Cleaning Procedure: Manual or Power Machine Cleaning:

  1. Manual Cleaning:Damp mop entire floor using a mop and bucket method. Best practice would be if using a mop to use a quality microfiber flat mop system. A quality microfiber system will deliver high performance results with this cleaning procedure. Use professional grade Stone Floor Cleaner according to label directions. Remove black marks and scuffs with light duty white pad or tennis ball.
    New Innovation: The That’s Amazing” Cleaning Pad; a special laminated pad that fits on a doodlebug holder designed to manually scrubs deep into the pores of the floor and penetrates soils easily.Inspect floor after it has dried. Remove wet floor signs after the floor has been thoroughly dry.
  2. Power Equipment Cleaning:
    Mix a professional grade Stone cleaner according to label directions and clear potable water in the automatic scrubber’s solution tank. Using the automatic scrubber equipped with red, white or the That’s Amazing” Floor Cleaning Pad and clear potable water in the solution tank; make one single pass with the automatic scrubber, with floor pads down, solution valve half-open, squeegee down and vacuum on, pick-up the solution thoroughly.
    New Innovation: The “That’s Amazing” Cleaning Pad; a special laminated pad that fits automatic scrubs and single disc swing machines. They come in three sizes; 13”, 17” and 20”. When used with power floor machines, The That’s Amazing” Floor Cleaning Pad scrubs deep into the pores of the floor and penetrates soils easily. Inspect floor after it has dried. Remove wet floor signs after the floor has been thoroughly dry.


Stone Floor Cleaning – Quality Cleaner, Equipment and Tools


It is recommended that commercial buildings use commercial grade stone cleaners, tools and equipment. Best practices include the following.


Dust Mopping: Microfiber System – Disposables and Reusable Pads are available

Manual Equipment: Microfiber Flat Mop System – Handle and Bucket with Wringer

Power Equipment: Automatic Scrubber or Single Disc Machine

Cleaner: Professional Grade Stone Floor Cleaning Chemical

Floor Pads: Red, White or the That’s Amazing” Floor Cleaning Pad

Safety Equipment: Wet Floor Signs, Gloves, Goggles, boots, etc.



Stone Floor Cleaning– Website Information


DuPont Stone Tech

UniChem Marketing, Inc.  – New Innovative Product – “That’s Amazing” Cleaning Pad

Telephone: 708-296-7408; E-Mail Address:

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