Taking care of a marble floor may sound like quite a chore, but it’s really just a matter of keeping it clean and dry. A strong seal makes it even easier to prevent stains and etching. With the right foundation, protecting a marble floor can be just as easy as any other surface.
We’ve collected our top 10 tips for preventing stains and scratches on marble floors:
1. Start with Marble Sealing
Sealing is an absolute must for marble. More porous than granite and many other types of stone, marble needs a seal to fend off stains.
2. Clean Spills Immediately
With a proper seal, you have more time to clean up spills before they stain. However, it’s always best to clean marble right away. Alcoholic drinks, juices, sodas, and other acidic beverages especially need to be mopped up immediately.
3. Use Neutral pH Cleaners
Acids etch marble, leaving behind a scratchy texture. Avoid vinegar, citrus cleaners, tub and tile cleaners, and most multi-purpose cleaners. Ammonia can only be used on marble floors if very diluted. It’s better to find a marble-specific cleaning product.
4. Dry After Cleaning
After mopping or spot cleaning, run a dry cloth over the marble. Residual water may contain traces of dirt and grime that will dull the marble if not picked up.
5. Dust Often
The porous nature of marble actually makes it susceptible to scratching and staining from dry particles, too. Dirt tracked in by shoes can be a sneaky source of scratches. Microfiber dust mops work best. If vacuuming, be careful to avoid scratches.
6. Baking Soda for Stains
When a splash of wine has fallen, don’t panic. Apply a poultice of baking soda and water, seal it with plastic wrap for several hours, then mop it up with a wet cloth.
7. Be Careful with Furniture
Use felt pads under furniture legs and use moving blankets to slide furniture. Even seemingly soft wood can scratch marble.
8. Use Rugs, Mats, Plant Stands
Be over-protective with metal, plastic, ceramic, and other hard materials. Umbrella stands, potted plants, and other objects are best used with a protective pad or rug.
9. Bathroom Floor Care
Marble bathroom floors are beautiful, but moisture and cleaning products pose a challenge. Seal marble in the bathroom even more frequently and use bath mats and rugs to cover much of the floor.
10. Get Chips and Cracks Repaired
Broken marble can and should be repaired. Damaged spots create an easy entryway for germs, dirt, and stains to ruin the stone. Marble repair experts can patch holes, buff out scratches, and polish the floors to create a like-new appearance.
Marble Floor Repair & Restoration in Charlotte, NC
When it’s time for a new marble seal or you need marble floor restoration services for cracks, stains, or etching, we can help. Contact Sandifer’s Stone & Tile Care to get a free estimate for marble cleaning, polishing, and repair in the Charlotte area.