A very popular form of building tile is using Pumice Stone, but it can be hard to clean if you don’t know-how. I know a lot of people like the texture and the way it glows, but I think that too many people don’t clean their stones properly and they end up discoloring their tiles.
Cleaning With Pumice Stone
Before I get into cleaning my stones, I should mention that there are a few different methods of how to clean your stones. You can purchase a tile cleaning chemical, you can use a commercial cleaner or you can use a good scrubber made for use on a stone. If you only use the scrubber, it will not remove as much grime from the stone as the other methods, but if you use the cleaner or the commercial cleaner, it will make it much easier to clean.
To clean your pumice stone, you will need to use a very good tile cleaning product that is for use on a stone. You do not want to use ordinary detergent or even tap water on a stone. These materials will remove the abrasive properties that make stone tiles look and feel great. Instead, you want to use a product made specifically for the stone’s surface.
I usually use an ammonia-based cleaner, but you can also use things like liquid dish soap. Either way, you want to test the stone first on a small section of the tile so that you know what you are getting yourself into.
The best method for cleaning stone, and the one I use most often, is the use of a commercial stone scrubber. These tools are easy to use and will remove the grime from your stone quickly and easily. However, the main reason why I use these is that the stones do not stain when they are properly cleaned.
The other problem with these stone scrubbers is that if you have any water spots on your stone, you may have a hard time getting them out. So, make sure you use a glass, plastic, or acrylic block between the stone and the scrubber.
After you have used your tile cleaner on your stone, you can use a small vacuum to remove any residual dirt from the stone. Also, you can apply a stain remover to your stone and scrub it lightly. If you are having trouble getting stains off, use the stone scrubber again, but this time use a non-abrasive scrubbing action and keep a fabric or paper towel handy.
Now, the stone scrubber that I use is an electric model, but you can also use your bare hands to scrub the stone. Simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the stone, and use your own judgment as to which motion you want to use.
After cleaning the stone, you will want to test it on a small area of the stone to make sure it doesn’t leave an unattractive spot. Once you have found a good spot to start, you can move on to the rest of the stone.
Once you have cleaned your Pumice Stone, make sure you wipe down the entire surface. This can help prevent a buildup of grime, which can cause a dull-looking tile. Make sure to remove any excess soap residue that remains on the stone.
The Takeaway – Pumice Stone
When the stone is dry, you can put it back in the rest of the tile or use it as a pattern for another stone. Before you begin, it is a good idea to remove the sand from your new stone, as it can really mess up the grout lines in the tile that you put down.
Hopefully, these steps will help you take care of your Pumice Stone. With a little maintenance, you will have a beautiful tile that you can use for years to come.