The most common questions about natural stone
Natural stone answers to the most common questions
There are many rumors, myths and popular mistakes circulating in the natural stone world, in house building and terrace design: is natural stone sensitive, expensive and difficult to lay?
We clarify and give precise answers to the most important questions about care and cleaning, laying, suitability and more!
Sensitivity, care, cleaning
If you choose a special floor, you also want to maintain and clean it properly. Here are the most frequent questions on the subject.
How sensitive is natural stone?
Contrary to what many rumors and myths make us believe, natural stone is quite robust. If you lay the floor properly and also treat it with an impregnation (protects against penetrating liquids), you have easy-care flooring.
How do I clean natural stone in the house?
Usually, it is enough to simply sweep the floor or wipe with clear water. Mild alkaline cleaners or floor wipers are suitable for everyday care. A basic cleaner helps with more stubborn stains. Do you want to know it in more detail?
How and with what do I clean the natural stone terrace?
The following applies inside and out: You get optimal additional protection if you impregnate terrace tiles, as liquids are prevented from being drawn into the stone. For everyday care, sweeping with soft brooms, clear water is usually sufficient, and for special care occasionally a wipe care matched to natural stone. Finished! Steer clear of highly abrasive or acidic cleaners and the high-pressure cleaner.
How do I remove stains and discoloration?
Don’t panic if there are stains on the natural stone tiles or the natural stone terrace. In the case of very persistent discoloration from plant residues, e.g. a cleaning with wiping care and then the use of the diluted basic cleaner. Always observe the manufacturer’s application information. Companies like Lithofin offer a suitable stain remover for almost every type of stain that solves stain and problem.
How do I remove lime stains?
Lime stains and limescale deposits on the tiles can occur in wet areas. Since natural stone is not a fan of acidic and caustic cleaning agents, a basic cleanser tailored to natural stone can help. This dissolves the lime so that it can be removed with brushes and sponges. The lime doesn’t want to give way?
Impregnation: yes or no? Do I need it?
We say: Absolutely impregnate natural stone!
Impregnation creates additional protection against liquids. The agent forms invisible protection that does not change the color and appearance of the stone. Thanks to the so-called “nano-effect”, oils, greases, etc. run off the surface and can simply be wiped away. In general, it is recommended to impregnate all-natural stone floors.
How do I impregnate properly?
Apply the impregnation to the clean and dry floor e.g. with a roller or a lint-free cloth. It is important that the agent is distributed evenly and that no puddles are created.
How do I clean natural stone facing bricks?
What applies to tiles made of natural stone also applies to wall bricks: wipe straps or panels with mildly alkaline cleaners and do not use acidic cleaners. Also better leave: high-pressure and steam cleaners as well as steel brushes. A feather duster is sufficient to remove dust and fluff from the facing brick.
Can I clean natural stone with a high-pressure cleaner?
Better not do that. The floor looks super clean immediately afterward, but the stone structure can be roughened by the high water pressure. This means that dust and dirt accumulate more easily so that you will soon have to use the high-pressure cleaner again. Better: Manpower and lard with a scrubber, broom and natural stone-based cleaners or alkaline, mild detergents.
How do I remove moss and greenery from my terrace slabs?
As I said: stay away from the high-pressure cleaner and acidic or highly abrasive agents. You create a good basis with impregnation. You can remove green coverings etc. with brushes and brooms. The addition of diluted basic cleaner suitable for natural stone can have a supporting effect here. The stains are particularly stubborn? Companies like Lithofin offer special cleaners like Lithofin Allex. Dilute the agent according to the manufacturer’s instructions, let it work and rinse with clear water. Repeat if necessary.
Properties of natural stone & suitability for everyday use
Where can natural stone be laid, what is hidden behind which processing, etc. We tell you here how natural stone is suitable for everyday use.
Can I also lay a natural stone in the bathroom?
You can! While real wood is less suitable for floor and wall in the bathroom due to water splashes and constant humidity, tiles made of natural stone with hardness and their natural structure bring better properties. You don’t have to worry about limescale, etc.: With a puller, drops and water residues can be removed, and impregnation provides additional protection. Other stains can be easily removed with a basic cleanser. Use maintenance wiping suitable for natural stone or a mildly alkaline cleaner for maintenance care.
Is natural stone also suitable in the kitchen?
Yes. Don’t worry about boiling water, splashes of fat and sauce: natural stone tiles can easily take on a lively kitchen. Impregnation provides additional protection against liquids so that they can be easily wiped away. It is best to repeat this once a year in areas subject to particularly high stress. For everyday care in addition to soft brushes and mild cleaners, wiping care that is matched to natural stone can also be used.
How does natural stone change over time?
There is no color change indoors with normal care and cleaning. As a natural product, natural stone is absolutely colorfast, does not fade and does not become darker. If natural stone slabs are exposed to the weather, the surface structure can change somewhat over the course of a few years. However, this depends on the type of natural stone. Natural deposits include e.g. to the character of slate. In general, the appearance of natural stone does not change slightly over a very long period.
I have pets. Can I still lay a natural stone in the house and on the terrace?
The animal companions are happy: natural stone is loved by many pets such as dogs and cats, as customers tell us again and again. Pets feel very comfortable on the odorless and natural floor. The floor covering provides support for the animal paws. And even if a little mishap happens because you did not make it to the walk-in time: An impregnated natural stone floor easily forgives
What types of processing of natural stone are there?
Lots. Stone type and structure play a central role here at Beta Stone Experts, in addition to tumbled (processing that creates a special used look), there is ground, brushed, split and flamed surface treatments. All have an anti-slip effect, underline the respective character of the stone and ensure a special feel. Are you interested in the respective processing?
Are there non-slip classes for natural stone?
There are no classifications for many natural stones for private use. But don’t worry: natural stone tiles and natural stone slabs are characterized by a non-slip effect, which also gives a secure hold in wet areas or on a rain-soaked terrace.
Is natural stone suitable in combination with underfloor heating?
Clear yes. Under the floor coverings, natural stone shines with the best thermal conductivity – top values of up to 3.5 W (mK) are possible. Ideal to combine a natural stone floor with underfloor heating.
Can I also use natural stone to surround the pool?
In general, natural stone slabs can be used in the entire outdoor area. There are no special, rounded pool elements made of natural stone, but the plates can be used for the entire adjacent flooring. Important: natural stone should not be installed in a permanently wet area.
How hot do natural stone slabs get on the outside?
As with other terrace coverings, this is related to the position of the terrace and the degree of sunshine. A dark floor with almost black natural stone can heat up in phases and become hot. After sunset, however, the area gradually releases the stored heat so that you can stay outside for a long time.
Should the pores of travertine tiles be filled in the house?
Absolutely. If the tiles have not already been sealed at the factory, you should close the pores with grout as you lay them. Why? Crumbs, dirt, etc. coagulate in everyday life and could form greasy spots on the floor over time. Don’t worry about the overall effect: even with filled pores, travertine doesn’t lose any of its charisma, it just becomes easier to care for.
And travertine pores outdoors: leave open or close?
A matter of taste – you can do both. Laying and grouting play a role here. For a firm installation with a fixed joint, it is advisable to also close the pores with a water-permeable joint material. With loose laying without a joint or with a sand joint, open pores appear more appealing. Original travertine panels such as the Travertin Rustic have a particularly charming and original look due to their lively structure.
How do I lay natural stone tiles?
Stone and tolerances determine the laying. In our laying tutorial, we show you step-by-step how you can easily lay natural stone tiles yourself.
How do I lay natural stone slabs?
At a glance: These steps are important when laying outdoors, there are options.
Can I also lay indoor tiles outside?
The following applies to natural stone tiles: Please do not lay outside.
Exception: Covered areas such as a loggia and conservatories, which are largely protected from the weather. Natural stone slabs have been tested for their frost resistance and are suitable for the weather conditions outdoors.