I love marble stones as they are an exceptional natural stone that uniquely designs many floors, countertops, and walls. Maintaining my marble floors became tiresome and excruciating. Their porous nature started to wear my marble floors, seeing them become dull and lose their shine and glamorous look. The loss of shine and build-up of grout and stains became very troublesome. Below are some floor maintenance and polishing tips I used;
How to remove stains on marble floors
Marble is a beautiful yet natural porous stone; that’s why it stains easily. It’s so easy to witness stains on unsealed marble floors as liquids can be absorbed easily. Several forms of fluids, like water, can stain the marble. It’s important and better to clean the spills before the stains occur immediately. Poultice solutions are a brilliant way to remove stains.
- For stained floors, use a paste made from either powdered white chalk, diatomaceous earth, plaster, or talc and water. Put the thick paste on the stain after wetting the area.
- Securely use tape and plastic wrap to cover the stain on all edges with the poultice.
- Let it dry out for about 24-48hours
- Use a sponge or wet cloth to wipe off the poultice after removing the plastic wrap.
- Eventually, add an industrial stone sealant to the floor according to the instructions of the box.
How to remove grout on marble floors
Marble floors can absorb drying or evaporating liquids, which then leaves behind stains on the floor. Even with little applied friction, the floor surface may get scratches. Over time, the marble tiles get grout between them, as seen when they get discolored and dirty. Cleaning equipment and chemicals used to clean the grout. Be vigilant when washing the grout by making sure the marble stays damage-free.
Why You need to polish your marble floor
For marble floors to keep their attractive look needs to be maintained regularly. There is a necessary need to polish your marble floors not to make them dull.
- Polishing your marble floors removes gritty grout and stains. Grout and stains are absorbed deeply in the stones making them hard to remove.
- Etch marks are removed effectively. Restoring your floors by removing etch marks through polishing them lengthens their longevity ensuring the repair is done from the use of harsh chemicals.
- Polishing creates resistance to scratches and stains to marble floors
- It keeps your marble floors looking new
How to Polish Marble Floor
Marble gives any interior a touch of wonder and elegance; however, the purity of this natural stone will degrade, if not handled carefully, as time passes. The use of harmful chemicals for cleaning wear and tear will damage the marble, making it dull. Regular maintenance is necessary for preserving this natural stone’s elegance and beauty. So it’s an easy matter to polish the marble floors to make it look perfect and lusters.
- Clean off the marble floor stains before polishing the surface floors.
- Remove any grit or dust with a dry and clean microfiber cloth
- Use a clean and damp microfiber cloth to rinse off the floor and avoid any heavy scrubbing
- The marble floor should be dried off completely.
- You can finally polish the floor using water and baking soda mixture or store-bought marble floor polishers.
The Do’s and Don’ts when Cleaning marble floors
Use soft cloths or sponges to clean floor surfaces. For regular cleaning, you should only use marble ph neutral formulated cleaners or hot water. Mild soap can also be of use to clean but not regularly as that can cause dullness to your floors.
Regularly dust mops your marble floors with an untreated, dry and clean mop, clean up dirt and grime that causes scratches and wear to the marble floors finish.
Use mats and rugs in common areas in your household. Shiny polished surfaces will wear away in time because of foot traffic creating trails. Mats and carpets, however, must regularly be cleaned to remove dust and dirt that builds up inside the carpet, which can then damage the marble as well.
Use generic cleaners like hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, ammonia, bleach, and lemons as these damages or etch your marbles as these chemicals or solutions have alkalis and acids causing spots, spray marks and rings on your marble floor.
Use your floors as placeholders for your acid products such as cleaning products, nail products, hair products, perfumes, creams, colognes, potions, and lotions. These product examples can stain or etch your marble surfaces, leaving dullness, rings, and spots.
Use your marble floors as staging areas for work or workbenches. Marble stone is soft and can be damaged or scratched from screws, nails, screwdrivers, and hammers. A wave of white dots can be created on your marble floors if you drop anything substantial known as “white marks” that cannot be repaired or removed.
By learning how to polish your floors regularly, you will save costs, in the long run, making constant maintenance and polishing valuable. Grout and stains are vital to clean off your marble floors as they will cause long term damage, such as diminishing the shine. The most important tips to remember are to clean your floors daily, not to leave your marble floors damp, dry off spills in liquids, not to use acidic products that have acid liquids on floors as well as using soft cloths and mops.