How to maintain your marble tile floor
Marble tiles are a great choice for homeowners due to the varied patterns that come naturally with this type of flooring. Earth tones make it super easy to coordinate the rest of the house with the floor, but the venation is like a snowflake, so no two floors are the same. Not only that, marble is generally hypoallergenic, it doesn’t trap bacteria.
Now the problem is how to keep your marble tile floor as beautiful as the day you installed it. Marble is a natural stone, so it is predisposed to stains. The owner must take precautionary measures and preventative maintenance to keep his marble floor as it should be.
It would be better not to use marble in high traffic areas (eg foyer, kitchen). When this is unavoidable, it is a good idea to use a glazed marble tile. It still needs regular cleaning, but it is more resistant to stains and damage.
Marble is prone to different types of stains. The most common are stains and discolorations caused by acid substances that are the result of small domestic accidents. Spilled vinegar and citrus juices are common culprits for stains on marble floors. Even leaving spilled water on your marble floor can cause staining if left unattended due to the porous quality of this natural stone. The solution is to immediately mop or wipe up any liquids that come in contact with the floor, never letting it sit.
Other common stains come from liquids or tannic solutions such as tea, beer, and wine. Just as they can stain clothes, or even teeth, they also create hard-to-remove stains on marble floors, since marble is highly reactive to acidic substances. A good stain remover for this type of stain is Hydrogen Peroxide with a few drops of Ammonia.
Stains in kitchens with marble floors are generally from oils. Cooking oil, oily foods, and grease can drip onto marble tile, leaving unsightly discoloration, not to mention the danger of slippery floors. Applying a mild household detergent and quickly scrubbing and drying the stains will make the floor spotless.
Rust stains can appear when you have metal items that oxidize due to moisture and leave a rust stain on your floor. Think of metal pots for flowers and ornamental plants. A good household tip to remove rust stains is to use a mixture of lemon juice and salt. It works especially well on rust stains on colored marble. However, the owner must be careful and make sure not to let the lemon juice stay on the marble floor for too long.
Seeing a faded marble floor is certainly disturbing. A good solution is to use hydrogen peroxide or bleach to restore its original color. To maintain a good shine, the use of polishing powders is very effective. A buffing machine is used to apply the powder to the floor.
Now, for those who wish to use a more permanent method of maintenance, diamond sanding is a good option. This is particularly for those homeowners who wish to restore the shine their marble floor used to have. Be sure to choose a professional sander because if this method is done wrong, you can leave circular sanding marks on your floor from the use of uneven diamond abrasive pads.
Last but not least, we have the two most important maintenance methods of all, which are also the cheapest and most effective. First, clean your marble floor daily with a neutral pH cleaner and water, making sure to dry it quickly afterwards. Two, dirt and grime carried by daily traffic must be cleaned or removed immediately. Doing these two things will definitely maintain the beauty of your marble floor, allowing you and your family to enjoy the charm it brings to your home.