Properly cleaning your marble floors is an essential step for not only lengthening the life, but also preserving the natural beauty of the material. Whether you are looking to restore older marble flooring, or merely want to maintain already stunning polished floors, it is vital that you clean your floors properly—or find the right contractor to clean and polish the marble. If you develop a proper maintenance schedule and take precautionary steps, you will maximize the potential and brilliance of your flooring.
There are some simple steps you can take to clean your marble floors, but just as important are the steps you can take to prevent soiling them to begin with. For starts, taking shoes off at the door and putting down a floor mat will prevent dirt, sand, salt, and other abrasive materials from rubbing on the surface of the marble—which could result in wearing pits and dents into the marble. Placing rugs or pads under the legs of furniture will also decrease the likelihood of scratches or chips from forming when rearranging.
If you already have scratches or cracks in your marble, it would be wise to have your flooring seen by a professional contractor in your area to assess the damage and properly repair the stone prior to any sealing and polishing that you may do.
If curious about when you should clean your floors, keep in mind that a proper cleaning and maintenance schedule will depend on the condition of the marble. It will also be determined by how much foot traffic that your flooring receives. High-traffic areas should be “mopped” frequently with a dust mop to rid the area of abrasive materials, as discussed earlier. You may also want to consider using a vacuum for hard to reach areas. You can find the best cordless vacuums are relatively inexpensive and work great on most solid surfaces. If you live in colder climates where snow and ice are prevalent, take care to not let harsh melting salts sit on the marble, as they will wear it down.
Though we would consider marble to be a very sturdy and solid material, it is actually quite soft and very porous. If liquids are spilled onto the marble, be sure to clean the spills quickly. Try not to wipe the spills, as it will cause the liquid to smear and soak into more area of the floor. Use a soft paper towel to blot the spill before the marble has time to absorb the material. This particularly crucial if the spill is acidic in nature—such as carbonated beverages, juices, or any substance containing alcohol. If darker materials or oily substances stain the marble, contact a professional marble cleaning service and have the stain removed. After it’s been removed, have the floor sealed and polished once again. Sealing and polishing your marble floor will prevent future stains and discoloration.
Other advice on cleaning your marble floors includes using straight warm water, or pH neutral cleaning solutions when wet mopping. There are many chemical solutions on the market that are very harmful to natural stone. Make sure to squeeze any excess water or cleaning solution from the mop before using it, and do not let puddles of either rest on the marble. Another useful tip to keep in mind is to change out the cleaning solution frequently to prevent streaking. If you do decide to clean your floors with a cleaning product, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions and choose your products wisely. Also supplement this preventative maintenance by having your marble floors professionally cleaned at least once a year to keep them in good shape.
Take care to choose the right products and services to prevent future damage. With proper sealing, polishing, and routine cleaning, your marble floors will be radiant and last a lifetime. Marble is a beautiful and elegant material, and incredibly valuable if cared for properly. Take pride in your home and enjoy the luxury that your marble flooring has to offer.