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As much care as we take to protect our marble floors, spills, accidents and natural wear are inevitable. Marble floors are very delicate and porous, so making sure you clean them properly is extremely important. If you attempt to clean your marble floors the wrong way you may end up doing serious damage.
Marble floors are very porous and will quickly soak up whatever liquids fall on them. That’s one of the biggest differences between marble and porcelain tile. Should you happen to spill a glass of red wine or any other liquid onto your marble floor, make sure you respond quickly with a towel and warm water to soak everything up before it seeps too deep. The longer you wait, the deeper the stain will go into your marble floors and the more difficult it will be to clean.
The best solution for cleaning your marble floors is warm water. If you require something a bit stronger you can add a small amount of ammonia to the water. You want to avoid using any solution that is acidic or has a high pH level on your marble floors – like vinegar (very acidic) or many caustic detergents and commercial cleaning products. If you happen to have a neutral pH detergent, you may use it sparingly without doing much damage. Your marble floors are very delicate and the use of an acidic solution will not only degrade the quality and shine of the stone, but will also lead to pitting and cracking your floors. And that’s because marble is comprised mostly of calcite – which gets eaten away by contact with acid.
Constant care for your marble floors is essential to extending their lifespan and protecting your investment. Your floors take daily assaults from sand, dirt, oils and other substances that are tracked in on the bottom of your shoes. These abrasive materials can easily scratch and degrade the surface of your marble floors, eventually wearing them into disrepair if not properly cleaned on a regular basis.
Winter time usually means lots of sand and salt on the bottoms of your shoes. Sand and salt are great for road and sidewalk traction, but they’re very damaging to your marble floors. This sand and salt can scratch and dissolve marble floors, and when left for long periods of time, they can actually begin to pit and crack the floors. During the winter, please have everyone take off their shoes on a rug or in a different room to avoid tracking damaging substances onto your marble floors. And don’t be shy – try to clean your marble floors thoroughly on a regular basis.
If your marble floors are so stained such that warm water or a heavily diluted ammonia solution cannot clean them, then it’s time to contact your local floor cleaning specialists. They will typically have cleaning solutions that are specifically designed for marble floors and won’t do any damage. You might also want to schedule a regular (monthly or quarterly) cleaning to make sure your floors maintain their quality and shine for many years to come!
If you live in the Maryland (MD), Northern Virginia (VA), and Washington, DC area and want to make sure your marble floors maintain their beauty for years to come, contact the experts at Elegant Floor Service today at 1.800.417.3172!