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More mottled designs, in a mix of shades can be a lot more forgiving for muddy footprints for example. Surface finish is important too; more textured stones tend to hide the dirt but a lot of texture can create a bit of a dirt trap. So, look out for a design where the high and low points aren’t too dramatic. Grout colour is often a long way down the list of things to consider, but choosing the right shade can make or break an installation. Very pale grout can look great to begin with but it will very quickly become dirty. Whichever colour you choose, make sure that, like the stone flooring, it’s correctly sealed. Larger slabs, which are very popular, also have fewer grout lines, which can be beneficial in high traffic areas. Maintaining your kitchen flooring is also crucial. Once your stone flooring is sealed and ready to be lived on, make sure that you’re stocked up with a suitable detergent. Many types of stone are sensitive to the acid that you’ll find in general floor cleaners and overtime they will damage the sealant. To look after your floor, choose a pH-neutral formulation that’s designed for natural surfaces. Finally, whether your kitchen is used for family dinners, catching up with friends or a place to unwind with a glass of something special, taking some careful consideration into its flooring will not only be beneficial in the future but also to your property’s value n


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