After installing the new marble tiles, you were entirely pleased. They looked neat and glossy. But your excitement was short-lived. A few days or months down the line, your kids have run over the tiles. They look dirty and stained. What do you do?
Marble is a soft and porous stone. It stains easily and requires care when used for the floor. Most often, marble floors absorb liquids that dry or evaporate fast, leaving stains behind.
The surface even gets scratched from the slightest friction.
Over time, the grout joining different marble tiles also becomes discolored and dirty. How do you keep your marble floor sparkling clean? In this article, I am going to walk you through a step-by-step guide on just to do that.
How to Clean Marble Floors: 6 Proven Methods
Cleaning marble floors isn’t like cleaning regular floors. The process requires care and caution. A simple mistake could easily erode the beauty and sophistication of your marble tiles. For instance, using harmful chemicals ignorantly could damage the floor.
Below are the different ways on how to accomplish this task.
2- Dishwashing Soap
3- Baking Soda
4- Warm water
5- Soft Cloth
1- First, dry the floor and remove all the dirt and dust with a broom/brush. This is an important step. It makes the cleaning process more manageable and less tedious.
2- After drying the floor and removing all the dust and dirt, it’s time to create that perfect cleaning formula. Mix a substantial amount of dishwashing soap with 3 tablespoons of baking soda then add warm water. You can also use commercial stone cleaner on this step.
3- Now use the formula to clean the floor. Rub the floor gently, and then wipe with a soft cloth to dry.
1- Baking Soda
2- Warm water
3- Plastic wrap
1- Mix water and baking soda.
2- Then, apply the formula to the stain and leave it for 24 hours. Ensure you cover the patch with plastic wrap. Baking soda pulls the stain up for easy cleaning.
3- After 24 hours, gently remove the patch and wash the spot with soapy water. In case the stain isn’t completely gone, you can always apply another paste. But chances of the stain still being there are negligible.
This is another brilliant method…..
1- Dishwashing soap
2- Unbleached flour
4- Plastic wrap
1- Mix 3 tablespoons of dishwashing soap with a cup of unbleached flour, then add water. Stir to form a thick paste.
2- Now apply the paste over the stained surface to a thickness of ¼ inches. Use plastic wrap to cover the spot and leave it for up to 24 hours.
3- After 24 hours, clean the surface using soapy water. The stain will be gone.
This method involves the use of rubbing alcohol.
1- Dishwashing liquid
2- Rubbing alcohol
4- Plastic wrap
1- Mix a few drops of dishwashing liquid with 1/8 cup of rubbing alcohol then add water.
2- Shake the mixture well to form a perfect formula.
3- Now spray the liquid over the stain and clean gently with a soft cloth.
In this method, you use a piece of cotton gauge.
1- Cotton gauge
2- Hydrogen peroxide
4- Plastic wrap
5- A Heavy object (for pressure)
1- Fold the cotton and soak it with hydrogen peroxide.
2- Squeeze out the hydrogen peroxide to leave the cotton wet but not soaked.
3- Rub the cotton gauge over the stained area, then cover it with plastic wrap. You can use tapes to seal the plastic wrap on the edges.
4- Place an object on top of the plastic wrap to add more pressure on the stained area.
Leave it for 24 hours before cleaning. If need be, reapply the paste. This method might discolor the marble. For that reason, test the formula on a small area before using it over large surfaces.
After spraying some water over the stained area
1- Sprinkle some cornstarch to form a thick layer.
2- Leave it for 24 hours.
3- Remove the layer, and you will have a sparkling clean surface.
In case the stain persists, repeat the process once more.
Marble is quite delicate. You should be careful with a few things:
1- Only use pH-neutral cleaning agents. Avoid acidic cleaners at all costs.
2- Always check the description and instructions by the manufacturer before using any cleaning chemical on marble surfaces.
3- Don’t use scrapers or rough sponges when cleaning marble surfaces. These surfaces get scratched easily.
How To Clean Marble Tile Floors
Marble tiles offer a perfect replacement for ceramic, wood, linoleum, and carpeted floors. But these floors are a bit tricky when it comes to cleaning. That’s because they also have grout used to connect the different tile pieces.
Be careful when cleaning marble tile floors to avoid damaging the tiles.
To understand how to clean these types of floors, we must first understand how to clean grout.
Below are the steps on how to do just that:
Cleaning The Grout
In this process, you will need a toothbrush.
2- Baking Soda
3- Soft Cloth
1- Add warm water to a bowl. Wet the bristles of the toothbrush you wish to use in the process. Sprinkle baking soda on the bristles.
2- Gently scrub the grout to remove stubborn stains between the tiles.
3- After cleaning, rinse with warm water and, then dry with a soft cloth.
4- Add water to baking soda such that it forms a paste. Apply this paste to the brush and use it to scrub the grout some more.
5- Now rinse with warm water to get a clean surface.
Cleaning The Tiles
Cleaning the tiles involves a process similar to that used to clean marble floors. You can use any of the methods I suggested above.
– You should avoid harmful chemicals and detergents that might affect the quality of your tiles.
– If well maintained, marble floors last long without scratches. When cleaning marble tiles, use pH-neutral formulas that won’t corrode the surface.
– Ensure you wipe out any spills immediately before they stain the floor. Wiping them quickly offers easy cleaning later on.
– It’s also essential that you do a spot test for trying any new cleaning solution you come across. That way, you avoid adverse effects that would arise if the formula was harmful to the floor.
1- A cleaning solution
2- Soft Cloth
1- First, wet the tiles with water, Spray the water on the surface to avoid soaking the floor.
2- Then apply the cleaning solution following the manufacturer’s instructions.
3- After that, rinse the surface with fresh water.
4- Use a soft cloth to dry the tiles.
How To Clean Marble Floors In Bathrooms
Like natural stones used elsewhere, bathroom marble tiles require frequent cleaning. Cleaning these tiles in the bathroom is a bit of a challenge. Below, I will show you different ways to do this.
1- Dishwashing liquid
3- Baking soda
5- Measuring cup
6- Soft cloth
7- Stone cleaner
8- Plastic wrap
9- Plaster or powdered white chalk
10- Stone sealant
1- First, clean the surface and wipe it dry. Remove all the dirt and dust.
2- Mix a substantial amount of dishwashing soap with 3 tablespoons of baking soda then add warm water. At this point, you can use a stone cleaner.
3- Next, add water to a bucket.
4- Dip a sponge into the mixture of baking soda and dishwashing soap. Use the sponge to wipe the surface thoroughly.
5- Repeatedly rinse the sponge using the clean water in the bucket. Frequently empty and refill the container when the water becomes dirty.
6- Measure 1 cup of plaster or powdered white chalk and mix with water to form a paste.
7- Apply the paste on the stained surface.
8- Cover the area with plastic wraps and leave it for 24 hours.
9- After 24 hours, remove the wraps and wipe the surface with a soft damp cloth.
10- Then apply a stone sealant as directed by the manufacturer.
Note: You should avoid using products that contain ammonia or vinegar when cleaning marble tile floors. Learning what to use and what not to use is essential before attempting to do it. No brainer!
Are There Any DIY Ways of Cleaning Marble Floors?
Well, there’s always an alternative way of doing almost everything. And cleaning your marble is not an exception. There are Home Remedies available for that poor marble floor. If you don’t want to use the different methods recommended above, you can always use some homemade products to still achieve good results.
The process is almost similar to the different ways mentioned above.
1- First mop the area and make it dry.
2- Then apply a mixture of baking soda and dishwashing soap to the floor.
3- After that, cover the area for around 24 hours. The mixture of baking soda and dishwashing detergent offers easy dilution of the stains.
4- After 24 hours, clean the surface.
How Do I Restore the Shine to My Marble Floor?
The process involves adding water to 2 tablespoons of ammonia/Hydrogen Peroxide. I prefer avoiding Ammonia, so you can use hydrogen peroxide instead. Apply the mixture over the stained marble surface. However, do not scrub. It would be best if you didn’t use abrasive tools in the application process.
Flush the surface with enough water after about half an hour. Flushing neutralizes the pH. It also removes all the traces of ammonia from the surface, just in case you happen to use it.
In most cases, the DIY cleaning process depends on the nature of the stains. If you are cleaning oily stains, try sprinkling cornstarch over the area. Leave it for some time then thoroughly clean to remove the stains.
Now, You also want to know how to keep the marble floors polished and glossy.
It quickly gets scratched. How do you keep it polished without scratching? Instead of using abrasives, use a soft dry towel. With a paste of 50/50 water and baking soda, cover the marble surface and let it soak in. Then clean and gently rub using a soft cloth.
Sometimes prevention is better than cure. If anything spills, it’s crucial that you wipe immediately before it stains the surface. After using any acidic compounds in the cleaning process, flush water over the surface to neutralize the pH. You might also want to invest in a rug in places where people visit more often.
How to Clean Marble Shower Floors?
Marble in the shower is gorgeous, and there’s no doubt about that. However, when used on the shower floor, the moist environment makes it challenging to keep it dry and protected all the time.
Below are the ways to go about your Marble Shower Floors:
As a rule of the thumb, always wipe the floor dry after each use. This is important because leftover soap can damage the surface. It is also essential that you keep a lot of microfiber towels around, in your bathroom for this purpose.
How often you clean the surface depends on how frequently the shower is used. If the house has several occupants, you might need to clean the shower several times each day. However, if the shower is used once a day, you might be fine by cleaning once or twice per week.
In the process, you need a spray bottle, a microfiber cloth, dishwashing soap/liquid, and warm water.
1- Dishwasher soap
2- Warm water
3- Microfiber cloth
1- First mix the dishwasher soap with warm water and shake the mixture.
2- Then spray it over the marble floor evenly. Using horizontal or vertical strokes, rub the solution over the shower walks with keen attention on sections with soap scum or mildew. At this point, be gentle.
3- Next, rinse the soapy solution using clean water.
4- Then wipe the surface with a microfiber cloth.
Hurray! You are good now. The shower floor looks perfect.
Marble Cleaner Tips (To Avoid Damage)
A simple mistake could result in serious problems. For instance, your choice of detergents and chemicals means a lot. What are the dos and don’ts when handling marble floors? I have listed some of them below.
1- When using common cleaners like vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, bleach, and ammonia, you need to be careful. You should avoid using them if you can. These cleaners etch the marble, which leaves rings, spray marks, and dull spots on the marble surface.
2- It would help if you also avoided citrus and acidic cleaners. Cleaners with low pH of below 3 often damage the floor.
3- Alkaline cleaners are better. However, they also need some caution. Use those alkaline cleaners with a pH of less than 10.
Check out this great Guide put together by the Marble Institute of America for care and cleaning of natural stone.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Clean Marble Floors Without Streaks?
Most often, tough marble tiles stand dirt and grime. However, the tiles are prone to dullness. They will get stained. Washing the tiles with plenty of water and detergents before using hydrogen peroxide for blotting for DIY projects, is recommended. However, for grease and other stains, use baking soda.
How to Clean Stained Marble Floors?
A spot test is quite crucial. After the spot test, you should gather dishwashing soap, water, and baking soda. Mix the 3 then use the formula to clean the stained area.
Now, you know how to clean marble floors. I have tried to dissect the topic on different parameters. However, there are several points to note. First, marble is a soft porous stone that stains easily. For that reason, always wipe any spills before they stain the marble surface.
Second, never use abrasives or harmful chemicals when cleaning marble. What cleaning products are safe to use on marble? I recommend baking soda and dishwashing soap. Avoid acidic components as much as possible.
Finally, keep the marble dry at all times. When used in the bathroom or shower floors, wipe more often with a microfiber cloth. Now that you have all the information, go on and restore that sparkle. The methods explored above are tested and proven.
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