Marble floors are an elegant and popular choice for many kitchens, but keeping them clean can be a common concern if you’re not familiar with marble maintenance. There are plenty of commercial stone cleaning products available which are a wise choice as they will have the correct pH and will not damage your marble flooring.
You can also opt to make your own from scratch, using the following steps:
1. Prepare a bucket of cold water
2. Add in some stone soap liquid or detergent, but be sure it’s very gentle, and a near neutral pH (about 7).
3. Use a mop and wash as you would any floor
4. Mop again using clean, dirt-free water this time
5. Leave the floor to dry
6. Attend to any marks or scuffs individually using a felt pad and either detergent or a gentle pH powder cleanser. Do not rub in a circular motion, only in a straight line along the grain of the marble.
7. Waxing is optional, but recommended for marble, as it will help prevent further dirt from being absorbed and keep your floor in a good condition (it also looks very shiny).
If in doubt, use a commercial stone cleaner rather than making your own. Unsealed marble is porous and can absorb and stain from poorly made stone cleaners.
For treating grease stains on marble tiles
Grease stains should be dealt with immediately because of the highly porous nature of marble floors. Because the following treatment contains vinegar, you should always do a spot test before carrying out this method.
- Mix one part of each; washing soda, pumice powder, fine powdered chalk, and white vinegar. Mix until a paste is formed.
- Do a test spot, as vinegar can be damaging to marble. If it does not mark, the solution can be used briefly on your stain.
- Wipe immediately with a mix of pre-prepared gentle detergent, water and baking soda.
Marble cleaning tips to remember
Lastly, here are some tips to bear in mind when cleaning your marble floor.
- Always clean up any spills immediately, as marble is very porous and soaks up liquid quickly.
- If your cleaning appears to cause your marble to dull, rub in some tin oxide powder using a thick cloth or even an electric buffer, before rinsing and allowing to dry.
- Chemical stripping or wet sanding can make a world of difference to marble floors in need of some desperate renovation – it could bring your marble back to life!
Remember to always treat your marble flooring with care, and happy cleaning!