Marble is perhaps the most desirable natural stone surface for interiors, and marble floors are a high-profile way to enjoy their classic beauty. As a flooring material, marble can be quite the chore to keep perfectly clean. The task becomes much easier if you keep it properly sealed and cleaned by marble restoration experts.
Sandifer’s Stone & Tile Care uses certified marble cleaning techniques endorsed by the Marble Institute of America to ensure the best long-term looks and health of your marble floors. We can get your marble looking as beautiful as new, anywhere in the greater Charlotte, NC area.
Proper Marble Sealing Provides the Best Protection
Marble sealants should be applied frequently to block stains and keep marble from absorbing water and oils. How frequently you need to apply marble sealant depends on foot traffic, exposure to moisture, and the type of marble stone you have. Sandifer’s generally recommends sealing marble about every 2–3 years. Whenever marble floors seem prone to stains or if you feel scratches in the stone, it’s time to call for marble floor repair and sealing.
Regular Cleaning for Marble Floors
Many common cleaning products are hazardous to marble. Acidic cleaners like orange oil and vinegar can leave marble pitted, etched, or scratched. The opposite end of the pH spectrum — base cleaners like bleach and ammonia — are also bad cleaning products for marble.
You can also make a simple DIY marble cleaning solution:
- Mix a few tablespoons of dish soap with clean water in a bucket
- Add a spoonful of baking soda if you are dealing with tougher stains
- Wet a soft scrubbing sponge, microfiber cloth, or a mop with the mild solution
- Apply evenly across the floor, taking care not to make aggressive circular strokes
- After cleaning, wipe the marble floors again with water only and let air-dry
Spot-Cleaning Stained Marble Floors
Baking soda poultice makes the best stain removal agent for marble. This simply means mixing baking soda with water to form a creamy paste. Apply it to the stains in gentle strokes following the grain of the marble (do not rub harshly in circles). After applying the poultice, cover it with plastic and seal with tape. Let it sit overnight or up to 24 hours, then remove with a wet cloth or soft sponge.
Caring for Marble Floors in Bathrooms and Kitchens
If your home or business has marble floors in wet areas, you’ll need to take extra care:
- Keep marble floors sealed annually
- Use bathmats and rugs in areas that get wet
- Try to avoid leaving objects like toilet brushes and cleaning product bottles directly on marble
- Dry wet marble with a clean towel after each use
Professional marble care makes your ongoing maintenance less of a hassle and can even reverse the signs of damaged marble. Contact us at Sandifer’s for a free marble cleaning estimate in Charlotte, NC as well as Concord, Ballantyne, Gastonia, Mint Hill, and beyond.