Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Marble Floor Cleaning Challenge

When it comes to floor cleaning, homeowners face many challenges. Some of these challenges are identifying which cleaners are appropriate for natural stone polishing. The first step is making sure your new floors have been sealed properly as the material is very porous. Be sure you clean the area you are determined to mop and remove any loose dirt and dust prior to the polishing process using a dry cloth or foam mop. If using a store bought product to complete the marble cleaning be sure to read the instructions thoroughly. However, many are switching to household cleaners that are more effective and considerably better for the environment.

To begin to mix your own floor cleaning solution, obtain a cleaning bucket that holds a minimum of two gallons of water. Because marble is a material known as calcium carbonate you cannot use any of the acidic homemade cleaners you would normally concoct out of vinegar or ammonia. Instead a pH neutral choice is the safest route to natural stone polishing throughout your home. Mixing one quart of warm water with two tablespoons of baking soda is a solution you can use in your mop bucket that can be transferred to your marble surfaces without damaging them.

When you start to mop the floors remember not to use any abrasive brushes or mop heads. You want either a sponge mop or soft cloth as to not scratch any of the surfaces you are cleaning. Since marble is a porous material and will absorb the water over time after the mopping is complete it is essential to then dry the floor. If you don't complete the last step the marble material is likely to soak up the water along with any stains on the surface while wet. Enjoy your marble cleaning adventure!

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