cleaning advice

Cleaning Review: Stone Logix

As promised, here is the first of several cleaning reviews about products to clean unglazed tile and stone including our brick tiles. Today, I am writing about Stone Logix, an non-toxic floor cleanser formulated for natural stone.

StoneLogix

Price: $30.95 per gallon

Self description:

Don’t ruin your gorgeous natural stone floors with harsh cleaners! Protect your investment and use only a cutting-edge product like this that will not harm your fine stone floors. Stone Logix™ is safe for the environment and is an excellent cleaner!

Gentle neutral pH. Safely cleans luxurious natural stone floors like marble, slate and travertine quickly and easily. The unique chemical blend breaks down oils, grime and dirt making it simple to mop away. Restores and brightens tile and grout to its original color with oxygen power.

  • Neutral pH
  • Concentrated
  • Non-etching formula
  • Lab tested
  • Will not attack finish
  • The easiest and most cost effective way to clean!
  • Contains NO acids, alcohol, amines, ammonia, caustics, chlorine bleach, Glycol Ethers, phosphates, dyes or perfumes.

Our Assessment:

We used StoneLogix on a very dirty section of our brick tile flooring in the mudroom of our house (we live in the country, so the room at times actually does live up to its name). As we got the water ready we noticed that, despite its claims to being green and non-toxic, the product does still recommend wearing plastic gloves or other protection while cleaning your floor. Perhaps not completely benign, it would seem.

We prepared the regular cleaning dilution: 2 ounces of cleaner in one gallon of water. Then, we scrubbed a section of the mudroom floor with a rag. After allowing the tiles to dry, we noticed only a slight difference between the cleaned tiles and the dirty ones.

Next step: try the stronger dilution. After all, this floor was quite dirty, the soiled floor dilution of 12 ounces in 1 gallon of water might be necessary. With the stronger dilution and some scrubbing, the tiles cleaned up nicely.

Finally, we used the more dilute concentration of Stone Logix cleaner on another brick tile floor in our home, this one vacuumed and only somewhat dirty. We mopped up the floor with a microfiber mop (review coming soon) and the combination did an excellent job trapping any lingering dirt after vacuuming.

Bottom Line:

Stone Logix cleaner requires you to use a high concentration and some elbow grease to clean heavily soiled floors, but it does work. For normal levels of dirt, the dilute concentration paired with a microfiber mop got our floor squeaky clean. The fact that it is non-toxic may also appeal to homes with small children or pets. Finally, this product can be used in auto-scrubbers, which makes it a potential pair with IRobot’s “Scooba” or an industrial quality auto-scrubber.

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Cleaning Thin Brick floors (and other unglazed tiles and stone flooring)

We often have potential customers wonder how to clean our brick flooring.

“Just like any other unglazed tile or stone floor– vacuum and wipe up occasionally,” we reply cheerily.

But what does that mean, exactly? How often do you vacuum or mop? And with what type of tools or cleaner? Is it easy or does it take a lot of time and work?

Over the next several weeks we hope to answer these questions for you through providing instructions, tips, and product reviews about cleaning brick floors. This posting is the first of these entries.

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Cleaning Inglenook Brick Tile

Many of our customers rave about how easy maintenance their brick tile floor is, especially as compared to its full brick counterpart.

Walt, from our blog’s feature project, Harvest Moon Farms, is a recent fan. “It’s so easy to take care of,” he said, “We just vacuum it.” Another customer, Debbie, let us know that she how thrilled she was about the floor’s easy clean-up. When her elderly dog had accidents, she said, she always hoped it would be on the brick tile floor because it easily wiped up with no mess or residue.

At home, we think our brick tile floors are easy care, too. We vacuum our front entry occasionally and are grateful that the floor does not show dirt well for the times in-between. For kitchen and bathroom floors, though, cleanliness is paramount.

Luckily, brick tiles can be kept spick and span, regardless of in which room they are installed.

Cleaning 101

Here are our instructions on how to keep your brick tiles clean day in and day out. These instructions apply to any unglazed tile, brick or stone floor, so these tips might be helpful in other areas of your home as well:

For routine cleaning, vacuum or sweep your brick tiles, as you would any other uncarpeted floor. Vacuum weekly or as often as you clean the rest of your home. Floor or wall interior bricks may be dusted with vacuum cleaner dusting attachments. After vacuuming, you can wipe with a plain water and damp mop, if desired. This step can help prevent dirt from building up on your brick floor.

When more heavily soiled, the bricks may be cleaned using a mild detergent solution. Soap and water works fine, but you can also use commercially available detergents for tile or stone floors. Rinse them well, and wipe dry for greater sheen.

To save time, try putting 1 cup of vinegar in the water; the floor will shine without being polished.

Do not clean unglazed ceramic tiles with acids, strong soaps, or abrasives.

We recommend using microfiber mops rather than sponge mops, since sponge mops often do not hold up well on the texture of unglazed floors. Several customers report that the robotic mopper, Scooba, works with great success on their brick tile floors, as well.

Remember: Always seal brick tiles or other unglazed ceramic or stone flooring prior to washing. Unsealed tiles, bricks, and stones are porous.

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We hope this information is helpful to you!

We are going to be experimenting on our brick tiles in the upcoming weeks with different non-toxic cleaners, mops and other cleaning tools and reporting back to you on our success. At the end, I will compile all the reviews into one easy to use guide.

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