Are you wondering as to how you should be cleaning your marble floor? Here is a guide to get you started. We talk about all the right materials that you should be using to get the best cleaning. We also talk about how what methods you will need to perform to protect your marble.
Understand your marble
Although it seems shiny, it is very porous. So when you use harsh detergents, they seep into the marble and discolour it.
Steps to cleaning your floor thoroughly
Mop very gently with a very soft mop. But use warm water. If the stains are harsh, use hot water. Clean the mop regularly so that it is clean itself.
Then target particular stains. Use your floor cleaner with a good sponge to scrub the stain. Use 1 cup of talc or plaster or powdered white chalk, keep stirring in water until a thick consistency is obtained. Wet the area and spread the paste over it. Cover each of these stains well with plastic wrap. Leave it to dry for a day or two. Then remove the cover and wipe it all always. Clean as usual with a commercial stone cleaner.
Why you should not clean with harsh detergents
Marble is a porous substance. The cleaning agent should be mild because it can seep into the marble pores and leach the marble. This can lead to its discolouring.
Different methods and materials for cleaning
Distilled water works great for marble cleaning. You can buy it in the nearest store.
If you do not have distilled water, you could boil water and use that instead.
Simple hot water works wonders many times. It is able to clean stains that regular water will not. Plus point is that you will not have to use any other chemical which might harm the marble.
If hot water doesn’t work too, add a very mild detergent. If the detergent is strong, use very less quantity of it in a good amount of hot water. It will be better if the soap is pH neutral.
The easiest way will be to buy the specific cleaner for your marble from the market. They will do their job well.
Choose your mops carefully. Soft fibred mops are the way to go. It will be very good if it is microfiber. Microfiber is soft and will be the best material for your floor. While mopping, keep squeezing the mop frequently and keep cleaning it with water so that the dirt is efficiently collected.
A cold mop after a soap cleaning will bring extra cleanliness on your floor. It will collect any left out debris too.
It is a tricky job to mop, not only should you keep squeezing and cleaning you mop, when it is needed you also need to change the water. These little things make a lot of difference. How to recognize when to change the water? When it starts seeming brown or grey in colour.
If you have used a cleaning agent, then dry your floor with a good towel. It will be best to absorb any sort of extra cleaning agent to avoid discolouration.
Do not let out your floor air dry. Dry it with a towel.
Scuff marks will need a felt pad to clean. Avoid cleaning in a circular motion as this is going to damage your marble. Instead of scrubbing, dab.
Professionals use certain machines to clean marble, you can do that too. Machines can be easily bought from the market. It will be a good idea to vacuum your floor as it will be against any water or detergent used. Many other machines are available too in the markets which specifically cater to cleaning marble floors. Many people use shampoo to do extensive cleaning.
Not only floor, but you can also use similar tips for cleaning your counter tops too If they are made of marble.
For oil based stains, clean with mild soap water. For organic stains, clean with just a few drops of ammonia in the bucket of water. Rust stain should be cleaned with the paste we mentioned above.
Wash your floor as soon as something spills, do not let it seep into the marble pores. Using a microfiber cloth, try to absorb every drop of the spill because if it sits, it will discolour the marble.
If spilling is very common, seal your marble. But you will have to keep doing it periodically. Commercial marble sealers can be bought from the market and you may do the sealing yourself. Depending on the product, you will have to seal it every 3-4 years. If you are not comfortable doing the sealing yourself, you should consult professional sealers, or get the work done from specialized people.
How to clean marble floor with baking soda
Baking soda is an amazing cleaner since it is efficient and easily found in homes. Sprinkle generous amounts of baking soda over the floor and clean with a damp soft cloth. Do not scrub too hard or the shine might be compromised.
For better cleaning, to 3 tablespoons of baking soda, add a good amount of dishwashing liquid and mix it all with warm water. Then do the cleaning. You could also add commercial stone cleaner instead of water if you like.
Baking soda has a mild nature but even then it can harm the floor. So it will be best
- Do not use acidic detergents, they harm the marble.
- Do not use vinegar; it is also acidic in nature.
- Never use ammonia to clean your marble.
- Do not use hydrogen peroxide at all costs.
- Refrain from using bleach type compounds too.
- Do not use citrus cleaners (lemon or orange)
- Do not use cleaners which are made for ceramic floors