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Frequently Asked Questions

Here at Clifton Stone we have a wealth of experience and can help you select the right stone for your project.  We have found these to be the most frequently asked questions.

How do I fix to screed?

Please check with your builder exactly what type of screed is used as the fixing method does vary according to whether it is clementitious or anhydrite (calcium sulphate) based.

How do I clean Natural Stone?

Sweep the floor regularly. Wash as necessary with a mild soap such as Lithofin Easy Care. The French use Savon de Marseille, which is more normally used for washing woollens. The Norwegians use Green Soap. Regular washing with the right soap helps to keep the floor ‘healthy’.

Will my stone floor scratch?

Even very hard stone will scratch – it is all part of the wearing process. Eventually the scratches will disappear into the general patina of the floor. One can argue that a five-year old floor will be even more attractive than a brand new one.

Does stone stain easily?

Once stone has been protected properly with recommended penetrators or sealers such as Lithofin Stainstop it will be stain resistant.  These sealers or protectors are invisible and so protect your floor without leaving a coating.

Is stone cold underfoot?

Not necessarily so.Stone will absorb ambient room temperature to a great extent and so usually feels only slightly cooler. Stone is an extremely good storer of heat. If you’ve walked on a Mediterranean rock after the sun has gone down you will understand this perfectly. A stone floor will feel toasty warm next to the Aga.It also works extremely well with underfloor heating, as it disperses the heat so well.

Is stone slippery underfoot?

No more so than any other surface like linoleum, wood or ceramic.  Like any surface, if it is dirty and wet, it can become slippery.

Should my stone be sealed?

This depends on the stone you are buying. Talk to our team and we can advise you.

Can I lay stone tiles anywhere?

You can lay stone on any surface provided it is strong and rigid enough.  First check your substrate then your builder or fixer can advise you. We will also try and answer any installation queries you have.

How thick is the Stone?

We offer stones at varying thicknesses – the most common is 20mm but we offer a variety from 11mm.  External stone is usually thicker.

How do I choose the size and shape of my tile?

This will depend on the size and type of room you have.  For instance, a square tile set out on the diagonal looks extremely good in a conservatory.  Rectangles or running lengths look good in a country kitchen.  As a rule of thumb, the bigger the room, the larger the tile.

How do I choose the right Natural Stone?

Usually it’s a question of colour, tonal variation and markings.  For a more formal room such as a hallway or conservatory you may not want a strongly coloured stone so chose a more neutral shade (we find Piedra Plana Extra or PPX as it’s known is a popular choice).  For a kitchen with a lot of daylight you might want to chose one of our darker stones.  Our stones come in a broad spectrum of colours, tonal variations and marking, so there are plenty of options to chose from.


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