How To Clean Marble Floors

Thursday 27th July 2023

Joanna Grimbley-Smith

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Marble floors are an elegant, timeless addition to a property that can last for a long time if maintained properly. However, marble is a delicate, porous stone that can easily be permanently stained and damaged by the wrong cleaning products and methods.

Here at ICE Cleaning, we offer a wide range of brick and stone cleaning services, including stone floor cleaning. Our stone cleaning specialists have access to multiple cleaning solutions to ensure they can thoroughly clean your type of flooring without damaging it.

Keep reading to find out how to keep your marble floor clean and in great condition.

Why you must clean marble flooring regularly

Dust, dirt, and stains can make any floor look unsightly and inflict damage. But marble is particularly vulnerable to grime and spills.

Marble is a calcareous, alkaline stone. It reacts with acidic substances like fruit juice, coffee, and wine which can leave behind permanent discolouration and dull spots (known as etching). You need to mop up spills quickly to minimise the likelihood of damage.

This natural stone is porous, too, so it absorbs liquids like oil and water which could discolour the finish. It is also a soft stone and can be scratched very easily. Any dust and loose dirt might scratch marble, dulling the surface and allowing stains to penetrate the stone.

How often should you clean marble floors?

You must regularly remove dust and dirt, get rid of stains, and deep clean your marble flooring to keep this expensive feature in good condition. It is recommended that you dry mop the floor once per week per person living in the property. Deep cleaning should occur once a month.  

Why marble is so difficult to clean

Just as marble is very sensitive to grime, dust, and stains, it is also very hard to clean without damaging it.

All-purpose cleaners, bleach, scrubbers, mops, hoovers, and steam cleaners may be recommended for other types of flooring, but should never be used on marble. Even sponges and paper towels can scratch it and leave behind unsightly marks.

Soaps that are not rinsed off properly can lead to yellowing, and water that is not dried off may leave behind water marks and rust stains if the marble contains iron oxide particles. You need to use cleaning products and methods specifically for marble flooring.

How to deep clean your marble floor

This is a long, complex, and delicate process that requires specialist products and a strict method to avoid causing damage.

It includes dry mopping to get rid of excess dirt, mixing a gentle cleaning solution, mopping with the solution, rinsing the flooring, and drying and buffing it. You can learn more about how to clean stone floors in this blog.

It is recommended you leave marble floor cleaning to specialist stone cleaners. They will know the best way to clean marble floors, including which products, techniques, and equipment are required, and can apply them correctly.

Even cleaning marble floor stains can require specific cleaning products and techniques, and if done incorrectly could lead to lasting damage. Removing cooking oil stains, for example, needs cleaning products like hydrogen peroxide and ammonia which may etch and lighten marble.

Our technicians can repair, refurbish, and maintain your marble flooring as well as a wide range of other types of stone including limestone, granite, slate, porcelain, terrazzo, and concrete. They will give you peace of mind that your flooring is clean and has been cared for properly.

How to maintain your marble flooring

Although deep cleaning should always be left to the professionals, there are lots of things you can do to keep your flooring clean and in good condition.

  • Stop any dirt, grime, and grit getting onto your flooring by placing doormats inside and outside entrance doors
  • Remove shoes when you enter the property so you don’t bring in anything that could scratch the floor
  • Put pads on furniture legs so they don’t scratch the floor when moved
  • Don’t drag heavy furniture along the floor or it could scratch it
  • Apply sealant for marble floors to protect it against staining

Book your stone floor cleaning service today

Our technicians can quickly restore your marble floor to an immaculate condition. They have a 100% success rate on all their brick and stone cleans so you can be sure they will deliver a high-quality service. They are available across the UK, 365 days a year, including bank holidays.

Get in touch today by calling 0208 066 0360 or sending an email to enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk and get a free, no-obligation quote for our marble floor cleaning services.

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