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post #1 of Old 06-09-2010, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Marble floor care

I'm new to the floor cleaning business and am looking for tips on marble floor care. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Neutral pH cleaners are the key. Also, periodic burnishing with a sealant will protect against water stains.

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Depending on the wear and tear the floor is likely to get, usually if the traffic is light, a mild floor cleaner and a clean mop is all that's needed. If the traffic is heavier, then just use a little more of the same. It does it for me and no one has any complaints about the marble floors I have ever cleaned in my time.

Sometimes keeping the chemical use to a minimum is the better way to go.
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As they've already said, make sure you keep it to a fairly neutral ph level.
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Marble cleaning

I agree with the neutral pH suggestions. However, do the rest of you see film or streaks after mopping? I have to use something to wipe down the marble after I mop to prevent this. Do any of you have any suggestions?

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no, not usually. If I do it means that the mop wasn't as clean as it should be or the floor was really dirty. If that happens, just go over it again with a clean mop with just warm water to get rid of the streaks.
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Streaks on the marble

Hey Jaycar:

I bet you're right about the mop being dirty. Some times it seems the marble doesn't streak after mopping and some times it does. That's probably why. Thanks.


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Thanks!

Thanks for all of the great advice!
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You could try with this home made recipe

Mix 1part fine pumice powder; 2 parts washing soda; 1 part fine powdered chalk; 1 part white vinegar sufficient water to make paste. Rub the mixture all over the marble with a soft cloth and after that wash off with dishwashing detergent and water.

A couple of years ago in my old flat the bath was floored with marble and it worked for me.
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You could try with this home made recipe

Mix 1part fine pumice powder; 2 parts washing soda; 1 part fine powdered chalk; 1 part white vinegar sufficient water to make paste. Rub the mixture all over the marble with a soft cloth and after that wash off with dishwashing detergent and water.

A couple of years ago in my old flat the bath was floored with marble and it worked for me.
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Is there any one can tell me a good to clean the joints of floor?
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Is there any one can tell me a good to clean the joints of floor?
How do you get to the joists? aren't they underneath the floor.

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because marble scratches so easily, be certain to vacuum on a regular basis, as sand and grit gets tracked into your home. It would be a good idea to put down area rugs where marble floors are at or near entry doors. Watch for small stones that can make deep scratches and tiny sharp particles that can quickly wear away the shine.

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Thanks for the tips my tile was starting to get a little dirty!
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Daily Maintenance

Marble is a very soft stone and it is much softer than granite. It is also highly porous, so it is very easily etched by acids. (vinegar, tomato juice, orange juice, etc) It's also prone to develop water stains or spots, such as marks left by drinking glasses, or water spots after mopping.

The easiest and least expensive way to maintain a marble floor is through daily housekeeping. First, catch dirt, water, and ice-melting salts at the door by placing large mats with waterproof backings at all entrances; salt dissolves and pits marble. Second, keep the floor clean of superficial dirt by using a minimum amount of plain water (warm is best) and a cotton string mop. Frequent mopping will help prevent soil from penetrating the surface. Whenever possible, quickly blot spills, especially oil and grease, to minimize their absorption into the stone.

The use of detergents for routine cleaning is not recommended as they tend to dull polished stone and many contain chemicals that are best to avoid. For general griminess, add a minuscule amount of ammonia to water -- so little that no odor should be present when diluted (less than 0.005 percent by volume). Alternatively, use extremely dilute solutions of a mild, neutral pH detergent such as dishwashing liquid, first testing it on a small area of the marble to be cleaned.

Itís not always best to let your tiles air dry. Get a nice fluffy towel, and use it to dry the floor thoroughly. Itís important to dry up after you clean marble tiles, as they tend to spot and stain if they remain wet.

Periodic Professional Care

Periodic honing and polishing by a floor maintenance contractor will maintain the lustre and more importantly, significantly inhibit resoiling and deterioration. Mechanical honing with fine screens creates a smooth surface, followed by buffing to a polished finish with slightly abrasive putty and synthetic felt or wool pads. This may be done monthly or quarterly, depending on the wear the floor receives and the quality of finish the congregation desires. Daily in-house maintenance is crucial to the durability of the polished finish and saves money by reducing deterioration and the need for more extensive professional treatment.

Floor Restoration

If a marble floor is scratched, deeply soiled, or has a build-up of yellowed wax or discolored sealers, the lustre and natural color can be restored by wet sanding and chemical stripping. This messy, noisy process requires protection of workers with proper gear and temporary protection of adjacent surfaces, such as pews, doors, base moldings, and floor-mounted fixtures. Sanding is followed by honing and polishing. Repeated heavy sanding can noticeably wear down a floor, producing visible depressions; thus it is best to avoid the need (and the expense) of this procedure by maintaining the polished finish.

Sealers: To Use or Not?

The application of floor sealers intended to protect stone is controversial. Certain features are attractive, such as slip resistance and their ability to inhibit penetration of dirt, food, and beverage stains. A major disadvantage is the surface abrasion, expense, and nuisance of wet sanding and chemical stripping required to remove sealers when their appearance becomes undesirable due to discoloration, spotting, and uneven wear. Ms. Gottesman says that the most common complaint about floor sealers is spotting from water and salts during wet weather. Another problem is their tendency to darken white marble. Many proessional cleaning contractors and building conservators recommend leaving marble floors in their natural state without coatings. If floor sealers are being considered, evaluate the long-term maintenance costs and make sure to test the product during the winter on a small area near a door entrance.

Specific Cleaning Problems

Marble floors are frequently stained by iron, bronze, copper, oil and grease, ink, tobacco, and smoke. Always use the gentlest means possible to clean marble. Never attempt to remove stains or deposits by scraping, scouring, or indiscriminately applying bleaching agents, liquid marble cleaners, or other harsh chemicals. Damage such as rust stains may not appear until months later. In addition, all acids are potentially harmful to marble surfaces. Experienced marble cleaning contractors can select appropriate poultices (smooth pastes applied to the marble which dissolves the staining matter) for specific stains. For large-scale cleaning and stain removal on floors and walls, consult with a conservator to determine the appropriate test procedure and to develop specifications that can be used to solicit bids from qualified contractors.
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I would suggest you to go with the neutral pH. It is the more convenient and easy process for cleaning.
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I'm new to the floor cleaning business and am looking for tips on marble floor care. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Brush your marble floors daily as dirt and smudge can damage the floor at time of contrary atmosphere it may be an option to keep current mats with major traffic direction beyond your marble flooring.
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