Marble flooring is one of the most beautiful stones that you can put in your home or business. It is also pricey, and you want to do everything in your power to safeguard your investment. Cleaning your marble flooring is one of the first steps in properly maintaining it, but you need to clean it the right way. There are many mistakes that homeowners make when they clean their marble flooring that leaves the surface damaged. Silver State Floor Restoration is here to share some common mistakes that people make when cleaning marble in hopes that we will help you avoid making them yourself.
Don’t Let Spills Sit on Marble Floors
You may think that because marble flooring is a hard surface, that you don’t have to move as quickly to clean up spills. This just isn’t true. Marble is an incredibly porous stone that will easily absorb any liquids that spill on it. The longer you allow that spill to sit untouched on the stone, the more difficult it will be to remove the stain left in its wake. You need to clean up spill right away, and that includes water. Having your marble sealed regularly will help you avoid unnecessary staining as well.
Avoid Acidic Cleaning Agents on Marble Flooring
You would never intentionally use a cleaning agent on your marble flooring that would leave it permanently damaged right? Well, many people do this unknowingly and end up kicking themselves when they are left with damaged marble floors. Any cleaning agent that has acid in it will eat away at the marble as it reacts to the calcium carbonate. Find a cleaning agent with a balanced pH to keep your floors clean and beautiful. Also, liquid that is high in acidity and spilled on your flooring can damage it as well. Some common liquids would include tomato juice, vinegar, lemon juice and alcohols.
Use Doormats & Clean Marble Floors Often
The debris that is found on the bottom of your shoes can leave scratches and other damage when it makes contact with your marble. You should always have good sized doormats at all entrances into your home to help remove this debris. Your flooring can also be damaged when you aren’t mopping it regularly. Using a dry mop on your floor often will help to capture the fine dirt there. You should only sweep the floor in one direction to avoid scratching it though.
Seal Marble Floors, Showers, Countertops, Tables, Vanity Tops & Other Surfaces
Marble is far more porous than granite and requires sealing to protect it. When homeowners skip this step, their marble flooring is left susceptible to damage that could have been prevented otherwise. Marble flooring is difficult to seal and should be left to the professionals. At Silver State Floor Restoration, we provide our customers with the sealing and professional cleaning that your marble flooring requires to keep it properly maintained and beautiful.