For thousands of years, marble tile has been a go-to for various projects. The natural veining and color blends, marble adds elegance and durability to flooring, showers, countertops, and even stairs. However, because the natural stone is softer than the alternative, granite, keeping up with maintenance becomes imperative.
Marble floors, for example, require regular cleaning and care to protect the integrity and keep them looking their best. Here, the experts from ItalMarble are providing you with a basic guide for caring for your marble flooring.
Frequency depends on foot traffic.
When asked how often marble floors should be cleaned, the answer depends on several factors. For instance, if you are a single home with no pets and few guests, the maintenance schedule will be much different than a family of five with two dogs.
In general, marble tiled floors should be dusted at least once a week and deep cleaned once per month. Dusting your floors will remove loose dirt and other debris that could settle and penetrate into the marble. While marble is relatively stain-resistant, mud and winter salt should always be removed right away.
Choosing the right cleaner.
The natural composition of marble reacts adversely with any acidic substance. The chemical reaction often leads to permanent discoloration. Thus, choosing the proper cleaning agent is crucial with marble.
As mentioned, acidic and other harsh cleaners like ammonia and bleach will damage the finish on your flooring. Likewise, any type of cleaner that has a gritty feel will do the same. Even if the “manufacturer recommends” the product for marble tiling, be sure to check the ingredients! White vinegar and lemon juice are two more to steer clear of always!
Cleaning marble tile the safe way.
With the following simple items, you can have peace of mind that the integrity of your marble flooring is first at hand.
- Dust mop
- Damp cloth mop
- Microfiber cloths
- Mild soap with a pH7
- Stone soap designed for marble
- Hydrogen peroxide
With these tools and the following best practices, you will be on your way to spotless, protected floors!
- Clean spills immediately. This is especially true for juices, wine, muddy footprints, and other items that could easily cause staining or scratch your floor. Using your damp microfiber cloth, your spill should come up easily without any harsh effects on to your marble.
- Dry mopping with your dust mop is an excellent practice (daily if possible) to trap loose dust and debris. This step should always come first before wet mopping.
- Wetting mopping with a solution of warm water and soap (see above) is generally a safe bet. Again, be sure to read your labels carefully. Be sure to rinse your floors as well, so there is no soap residue left behind.
Beyond the regular maintenance your marble tile flooring requires, taking other preventative measures is also recommended. For example, sealing your floor, adding furniture pads to legs, and the such all help in avoiding scratches and staining.
When it comes to marble flooring, the experts at ItalMarble are here to help. Stop dreaming about the upgrade and let our customized solutions bring your visions to life!
by calling (781) 595-4859.