Caring for your marble flooring

Caring for your marble flooring

Marble is and has always been a competitor in the modern classical building materials, being durable and easy to maintain. Marble can be used interior as well as exterior.  Marble makes the ideal material for an everlasting impression. It creates a beautiful surface for floors, counters and tabletops. But because it is quite soft and porous, marble can easily be stained, scratched, and chipped. To help prevent staining, marble surfaces are often coated with protective sealers. Depending on use, these coatings should be reapplied every year or two.

Although marble is being regarded as a prestigious and elegant surface material, it is soft and it scratches very easy. It is a calcite stone, meaning that it is made up of mostly calcium.  Calcium does not do well with acidic chemicals.  Discoloration of marble tiles and flooring is common because the marble is porous and spills from liquids and food, pot plant containers, ink and oil damage, metal furniture legs, cooking oil, greasy products etc. can stain the marble floor.

To maintain the beauty of your marble, you need to keep the following precautions in mind:

  1. Avoid spilling of fruit juices, wine, tea, coffee or carbonated beverages, etc. on the marble surface.  Some fruits, especially citrus also contain acid. If it however happens that spilling did occur – clean it with a damp cloth as soon as possible. Wash the marble periodically with a cloth dampened with warm water and if necessary, a bit of mild dishwashing liquid. Remove the soap with another damp cloth.
  2. Never use dusting sprays or abrasive cleaners on your marble.  No need to scrub the marble as this will scratch and spoil the surface which will affect the gloss finish. 
  3. Do NOT use any detergents with an acid content i.e. vinegar.  The use of any acidic products may etch and dull the marble with continues use. Always use a neutral detergent i.e. Sunlight Liquid or equivalent dishwashing liquid that has a neutral pH.
  4. Clean marble flooring regularly as described above.  Marble furniture and ornaments should be dusted and wiped with a damp cloth. This will help in retaining the natural shine. To prevent ring marks, place coasters or trivets under glasses and dishes. Use mats or runners beneath hard objects that might scratch the surface. Always blot spills up immediately and rinse with a clean, damp cloth. If your marble does stain, you can try to remove it with a poultice made especially for drawing out stains.