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Selecting Your StoneCambridge Floors offers natural stone tiles in a wide variety of colours and textures. It is important to note that natural stone tiles are distinct and unique: no two pieces are exactly the same and can even be vastly different. Always sort and view several pieces of the stone that is to be installed before the installation begins.

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CHARACTERISTICS OF STONE

  • Variations in natural stone are to be expected and embraced. Irregular markings, lines, veins and crystallization are not cracks or imperfections, but rather a natural part of the stone’s beauty.
  • May vary in thickness
  • May not have a perfectly smooth surface or straight edges and corners
  • Varies in hardness; select the appropriate stone for your application

GRANITE

  • One of the hardest and densest stones
  • Colours are incredibly varied, from absolute black to white leopard and almost every colour in between
  • Renowned for its beautiful, natural colour variations and durability
GRANITE
LIMESTONE

LIME STONE

  • Often contains fossil marks and calcite sites
  • Colour ranges from earthy tones of greens and blues, to grays and dark browns
  • Texture varies between coarsely crystalline to very finely grained, with a wide variation of tiny shells and micro-skeletons deposited throughout

MARBLE

  • Features prominent swirls of veining, in a wide range of colours
  • Classic, timeless style that emulates elegance and luxury
  • Popular colours include Crema Marfil (beige tones) and Bianco Carrera (white, gray tones)
MARBLE
QUARTZITE

QUARTZITE

  • A hard, metamorphic rock converted from sandstone through heat and pressure
  • Available in many colours, but when pure it is light coloured
  • Tends to have a sugary or sparkly appearance and is very popular for exterior or commercial applications
  • Minimal flaking is expected due to the stone’s natural cleft finish

SLATE

  • Features one of the most naturally slip-resistant surfaces available
  • Has one of the most dramatic colour variations of all natural stone, and these intense variations may even occur within the same piece of stone
  • Can appear to chip or flake in the first few months after installation—this will decrease over time as the layers even out
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TRAVERTINE

TRAVERTINE

  • Known for its distinctive cavities caused by water and gases percolating through the stone. These are typically filled with colour-matched cement, epoxy, or polymer resins.
  • Regular wear and tear can cause filling materials to come loose; maintenance may include filling in holes that appear
  • Available in warm, earthy colours like walnut, cream, and ivory

Stone Care

STONE CARE & MAINTENANCE

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SEALING

  • Stone can be very porous and may be susceptible to staining, making the sealing process extremely important.
  • Sealers do not make stone water or stain proof, but instead increase its reaction time to contaminants, allowing you to clean up before the stone’s surface is penetrated.
  • Sealing stone before and after grouting is advisable since fine grout colour particles can stain stones with higher porosity or surface voids.

ROUTINE CARE

  • Sealing is the most important initial step toward routine stone care.
  • Spills should always be wiped up immediately—particularly anything acidic which can etch through the protective sealant barrier.
  • Regularly sweep to remove dirt and debris that can damage the stone’s surface and clean with a pH-neutral cleaner that does not contain acid, bleach or ammonia.
  • Towel drying will help prevent streaking, especially on polished surfaces.

RESTORATION & DEEP CLEANING

  • In high traffic areas, deep cleaning is suggested every 6-12 months.
  • Avoid using cleaners with acid, bleach or ammonia, which will etch and discolour the stone.
  • Remember that stone wears naturally over time, adding to its beauty.

GROUT CARE & MAINTENANCE

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  • Sealing grout is very important as it is extremely porous.
  • If you start noticing your grout joints darkening when they are exposed to water, it is time to reseal.

ROUTINE CARE

  • Make sure that cleaners are pH neutral or grout compatible.
  • Always clean up dirt and spills promptly to keep it from soaking into the grout.
  • Using a grout compatible cleaner regularly will reduce the need for deep cleaning in the future.

RESTORATION & DEEP CLEANING

  • In high traffic areas, deep cleaning is suggested every 6-12 months (perhaps more often in wet areas such as showers where grease and soap build-up can accumulate).
  • Avoid using cleaners with acid, bleach or ammonia.

THREE TYPES OF SEALERS

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  • Usually has no surface sheen
  • Maintains natural colour of stone
  • Penetrates stone to form a barrier just below the surface, making it more resistant to stains

ENHANCING

  • Type of penetrating sealer
  • Darkens and enriches the natural colours of the stone, often significantly changing its appearance
  • Most enhancers must be buffed off the surface after application to prevent excess sealer from clotting and tracking (enhancers cannot be removed and should be used with caution.)

TOPICAL

  • Adds a semi or high gloss finish, enhancing the natural colours of the stone
  • Creates a surface coating to help repel oil and water
  • Becomes the “traffic” layer and is subject to wear, therefore requiring regular maintenance
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