How to Clean and Maintain Soapstone Tile Floors How to Clean and Maintain Soapstone Tile Floors

What You'll Need
Liquid dish soap
Bucket
Warm water
Sponge
2 cleaning cloths
2 dry towels
Mineral oil

Soapstone tile has the lasting durability many people are looking for in their tile floors. Due to the non-porous quality for which soapstone is famous, cleaning and maintaining are simple and quick. 

Step 1 - Cleaning

While filling the bucket with warm water, add a couple drops of dish soap so it will begin to foam. Do not use too much as the soap film which can be left will dull the floors. Apply the soapy water to the tiles in areas of 2 by 4 feet. The water will not seep in, creating very slick floors. Be careful. Wipe any soapy residue away with a thoroughly wet sponge. Dry with a towel.

Step 2 - Maintenance

Apply a couple drops of mineral oil to a clean, dry cloth. Wipe the oil onto the soap stone tiles. The oils will not seep in—soapstone is non-porous. Use a dry towel to wipe away any excess oils so the surface does not feel slick. Apply the mineral oil every 2 weeks for the initial year in order for the stone to oxidize evenly. In subsequent years, every 2 months is good.

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