Marble floors are natural stone, which means that they require delicate care, maintenance, and attention. Because of this, cleaning tiles made of marble should be done with the utmost caution as using the wrong cleaning methods can temporarily and/or permanently damage your marble floors.
If you’re still a relatively new marble floor owner, you may be wondering what you need to know when cleaning your marble floors. To learn more about this, continue reading our article below for 5 important things you should know when cleaning marble floors.
Grinding is the process of removing imperfections by using abrasive pads that are composed of industrial diamonds or other hard materials. The pads are fitted onto floor machines where coarse pads are used followed by increasingly fine pads. The finest pad will be able to leave a gloss on the surface of the marble.
Resurfacing is more affordable than surfacing but can still be pricey. Similar to grinding, a floor machine attached with a polishing pad is used along with oxalic acid or tin-oxide powder that is blended with fine abrasives. It’s worth noting, however, that resurfacing cannot be performed on cracked marble floors.
Lastly, crystallisation creates a chemical change on the marble surface to make it shiner. It also makes the marble floor easier to maintain though it may require specialised chemicals and equipment for maintenance.
Given that marble is a natural stone, it can be prone to damage, deterioration, and powdering when various surface debris penetrates it. As such, surface protection must be installed so that the surface is not permeable to harmful substances.
Sealers and impregnators are examples of protective barriers that can protect your marble floor. Sealers are a protective layer applied to the top of the marble while impregnators are penetrated into the stone to close the pores below the surface. Both can also help protect marble from dirt, water, stain, abrasions, and scratches.
Depending on how heavy the foot traffic at home is, it is necessary to clean your marble floors regularly. For marble floors that have relatively heavy traffic, they should be cleaned and recoated every 6 months. However, if you have any other questions on how often you should be cleaning your marble floors, you can always contact your local marble restorationist.
To clean your marble floors, begin by using a dust mop to remove dirt, debris, and soil. Following the instructions of the manufacturer, dilute a neutral cleaner and place it into an auto scrubber tank. Allow the pad to presoak in the solution before you attach it to the machine.
Scrub all the areas of your marble floor. Once you have accomplished this, allow the floor to completely dry before you apply the sealer and/or impregnator. Mop floor coating in thin and even coats then burnishing the floor pad is recommended after the second coat has dried. Use a dust mop afterwards to remove excess dirt and debris.
To strip and refinish your marble floors, begin by using a dust mop to get rid of loose dirt. According to the manufacturer’s instructions prepare a stripper and apply it generously to a workable area. Allow the stripper to sit but not too long that it dries up on the floor.
Use a mop or floor machine on an intense cleaning mode to disturb the stripper then immediately apply a wet vac solution. Rinse the solution with a neutral cleaner and cool water. Mop up the floor with a damp mop twice using clean water. Continue the aforementioned steps until you are confident that the floor is stripped.
Once the marble stone is stripped, let the stone dry completely for at least 24 hours to enforce the bonding process. Apply the finish with smooth and even strokes.
There are a couple of notes to be aware of when it comes to cleaning marble floors. Being aware of marble restoration methods, sealing and finishing, and cleaning, recoating, and stripping processes is important to maintain a healthy-looking marble floor.
While it is important to be aware of how to take care of your marble floor, consulting a marble restoration service to help you maintain your marble floor is the best way to go.
By getting professional help, you are guaranteed to get the best results, every time. That’s why you can reply on SLIQUE for your marble cleaning needs. We are Sydney’s number one authority in all things marble.
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