Natural Stone tile brings the outdoors in
Whether you use granite tiles on your countertop or limestone or slate tiles on your floors, you’re bringing nature into your home. It’s the perfect way to have the outdoors flow inside, even in Oregon’s rainy winters.
Whether you’re in a forest or in a desert, use the natural colors and textures found outdoors by adding natural stone tiles to your home. They will bring relaxing beauty into your living space. Slate tile can bring the cool greens of a river, limestone is patterns in gray. Stone tiles add texture to walls, a firm and long-lasting surface to floors, and a rustic feeling to kitchen or bath counters.
Tiles are cut from real stone
Natural stone tiles are cut from stone to be flat and smooth like traditional porcelain tiles. They are available in a range of sizes and shapes and can be laid in interesting patterns. They’re heavy and require a professional for proper installation on the right foundation.
Talk to your project consultant about using natural stone in your home. It can enhance your design idea, especially if you’re going for a natural or rustic look that fits the Oregon outlook—log cabin or Pacific Northwest sophisticate.
This igneous rock is the hardest of all flooring stones with a very dense grain, making it virtually impervious. Ranges from 6 to 8 on the MOH Scale. Used for flooring, kitchen countertops, showers, and baths.
A very dense and easily polished metamorphic rock offering a wide range of colors. Usually heavily veined. Hardness rates from 3 to 4 on the MOH Scale. Used for vertical surfaces, vanities and flooring.
A crystallized, partially metamorphosed limestone, formed by natural mineral springs. It has a honeycombed structure and a lot of surface pitting. Used for flooring, vanities, showers, and vertical surfaces.
Sedimentary stone formed by the accumulation of organic materials, such as shells and coral, sand, or precipitates. Varies in hardness, and color tones are typically neutral. Used for flooring, walls, vertical surfaces, vanities and showers.
A fine-grained metamorphic rock that easily splits into sheets. It’s composed of clay, quartz and shale. It is harder and more lustrous than shale. Used for countertops, flooring, showers, and vertical surfaces.
The only stone on the planet that is translucent, onyx is a form of marble that offers stunning luster and mesmerizing natural patterns and is laced with natural layers of amber and ivory. Used for flooring, countertops, walls and vertical surfaces.
- NEVER use vinegar, acid based cleaners or harsh abrasive cleansers.
- Interior and exterior walk-off mats at major entrances are a must.
- Stone floors should be dust mopped more often, and wet mopped less often. Dirt and grit cause the most wear; therefore, eliminating them is best for your floor. (Over wet-mopping can result in soiling the grout and lower areas in the stone.)
- When using a dust mop treat the mop head with a non-oily residue treatment, which will help attract and hold dust.
- When grout becomes soiled, flood mop floors with Floor Clean & Conditioner, then scrub grout and tile with a soft-bristled brush, pick up water with mop.
- Use leather pieces on the bottom of chairs and stools that are moved frequently.
- Chairs with rollers should be avoided on some stones. (travertine, limestone and marble)
- When severe deposit rings build up in toilets, use pumice stones and rub away.
- When cleaning heavily soiled areas, apply cleaning product and let dwell for a few minutes.
- Use interior and exterior mats at all entrances to keep dirt and grit off floor.
- Dust mop or vacuum floors frequently. (use a non-oily residue dust mop treatment.)
- Wipe up spills immediately.
- Use only a quality string mop & Floor Clean & Conditioner.
- Damp mop as needed. (ring out almost all water solution and mop floors).
- Floodmop high traffic areas as needed (to flood mop, flood one section of the floor at a time and allow water solution to set for several minutes, then pick up with mop.)
- Clean toilets, floors, basins, showers and other high use areas daily with Neutra Clean.
- Clean toilets, floors, basins, showers and other high use areas weekly with Disinfect Clean.
- Clean glass and mirrors with Glass Clean as needed.
- Stubborn stains, hard water deposits or toilet rings may be removed with Jell Clean or pumas stone.
Showers, Tables & Bar Tops, Vanities
- Apply Stone Spray to shower walls, table & bar tops, and vanities.
- Squeegee or towel-dry shower walls daily.
- Wipe up spills immediately.
- Clean showers, table & bar tops, and vanities weekly with Neutra Clean.
- Disinfect shower and toilet areas weekly with Disinfect Clean.
- Monthly or quarterly, re-apply Stone Spray as needed.
- Clean frequently with Neutra Clean daily stone cleaner.
- Use cutting boards and hot pads when possible.
- Disinfect weekly with Disinfect Clean.
- Apply stone spray weekly.