How to care for marble flooring.
Marble is a natural stone and a derivative of limestone. It is a metamorphic stone that can be polished. Marble is characteristically soft and easily scratched or etched by acids. There are countless types of marble from around the world.
Marble is a soft, porous stone that etches easily with harsh cleaners, so it can be a little tricky cleaning these floors while keeping them shiny and looking new. Marble floors should be periodically sealed and buffed for maximum maintenance.
Before deciding on Marble flooring, you need to know the proper care techniques.
- Dust mop daily
- Vacuum 1 time a week
- Damp Mop with a neutral PH Cleaner
- Never use vinegar, ammonia or other acidic cleaner
- Dry with a microfiber mop
- Never use Mop and Glow or any other wax building cleaner
- Professionally steam clean every 6 – 9 months
- Sealed and buffed when needed.
Marble floors can be dry mopped or dust mopped daily. We advise vacuuming the tile floor weekly with a tile canister vacuum that has a soft brush lip on the head of the wand. Never us a vacuum with a beater bar on your tile, only use those on carpet. The Eureka BOSS canister Vacuum is what we recommend. This will suck up the dirt, dust and debris that is so popular in our desert climate. Whereas sweeping is just moving the dirt around, not picking it up. Sweeping also pushes the dirt into the grout area where it settles and eventually darkens the grout lines.
Because marble comes from the limestone family, you should never use an acid or chemical cleaner. It can etch, discolor and dull the stones surface. This includes vinegar. Vinegar is used a lot as a green cleaner, however it is an acid and should not be used on any natural stone. You should use a PH neutral cleaner that you can find at your local home store like Home Depot or Lowes. We suggest using Basic H by Shaklee. A few drops in a bucket of water will do the trick. We use a cotton string mop, but you must wring out very well before mopping. You don’t want to leave puddles of water on travertine or the hard water deposits will remain on the tile after the water evaporates. Using too much water will also leave a streaky floor. To dry we recommend using a micro fiber dry mop over the floor to soak up any left over water so that you don’t have water spots left behind.
Be care of spills on marble
Lemonade, wine, orange juice, other citrus drinks will stain or etch marble, so wipe it up right away if you have a spill.
Marble is not really pet friendly either. Dog and cat toenails can easily scratch marble.
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