Cleaning and Care of Marble

Although marble is a durable surface, it still needs to be maintained if it is going to continue to look attractive in the years to come. Marble is porous and is prone to staining and scratching. That is why it is essential that marble surfaces are properly cared for.

It is always advisable to use coasters on counters and never place hot pans directly on marble surfaces. Any items that can scratch the surface should have mats of some type between them and the tops.

Many drinks and foods contain acids, which are the enemy of marble as are certain other chemicals. Alcohol, vinegar, or citrus juices can dull the surface of marble and/or etch into it.

Protecting and Cleaning Marble Floors

Floors by nature take a terrific beating, and it takes about eight steps for the dirt and grime to come off the soles of shoes when coming in from the outside. To protect marble from those scratches and abrasions, it is always a good idea to keep a non-slip rug stationed at entry doors.

Even cleaning marble floors can be a hazard if an old vacuum cleaner is used with wheels that don’t roll or the bottom of the cleaning attachment is worn. Using a dry, clean dust mop to remove grit and dirt regularly will help avoid much of the wear to a marble finish.

Three of the standard cleaners for natural stone are stone soap, a neutral cleaner, and a small amount of mild liquid dish washing detergent. Less is always best with cleaners because they can leave a buildup which will dull the shine and cause streaking. Cleaners used on marble must be Ph neutral (ph7).

Never clean marble with products that contain vinegar or lemon. Do not use scouring pads or steel wool to clean marble as they will damage the polish and leave spots. It is also a good idea to test a cleaner on a scrap marble piece before applying it to the entire surface.

Use warm water with the cleaner and rinse it thoroughly when finished. It will take several changes of clean water to get the entire residue left from the cleaning solution.

In bathrooms, soap scum will build up on marble tub and shower surfaces. This requires removal with a non-acidic soap scum remover. Ammonia mixed sparingly with water is another way to remove soap scum, but too much ammonia will dull the finish on natural stone.

Cleaning and Sealing Marble Countertops

Part of caring for countertops is applying a penetrating sealer. It is important to research any sealer carefully to be sure that it is suitable for marble. A sealer used in a bathroom might be different from what goes on a kitchen counter because of food preparation concerns. Some sealers are toxic and should not be used in the kitchen.

Outdoor Marble Areas

Cleaning outdoor marbled areas usually requires some amount of bleach to control algae and moss. A pressure washer will remove some of the stains and clean away grime. When exterior marble surfaces are cleaned, it is a good time to apply a sealer to prevent more staining and make the surface simpler to clean on successive occasions.

The Difficulty of Stains on Marble

When stains develop on marble, a poultice can be used to remove some of them. It is important to know what caused the stains so the proper product can be applied in the poultice. Iron, copper, oil-based, organic, and biological stains all need to be addressed differently. It is much better to employ a professional for tough marble stains who already knows which cleaners are best and how to effectively remove various types of stains and polish the marble back to its original luster.

Poor Marble Installation Job

Poor Marble Workmanship

Some marble work is not done in a professional manner to begin with. Some tile setters are not even properly trained in natural stone installation.  If you have a situation where the marble floor or shower installation in your home or business is not to your expectation, you may consider removing it and replacing it.

A very common problem with natural stone tile installation is “lippage”  This simply means that some tiles do not meet flush with one another, and one is above another, possibly causing a tripping hazard.

If your new marble floor installation has excessive lippage, it is more economical to hire a professional stone restoration company to grind, hone and polish your marble floor if necessary.  This process involves the sanding the entire floor with diamond abrasives, starting with coarse grit and continuing with honing using finer grit and then final polishing.

When installing marble tile specially, polished marble additional time must be allowed for the final cleaning. One of the worst problems with a new marble installations is letting the grout dry too long on the tile.  Grout haze is a serious problem that must be avoided.

When installing marble tiles in showers and bathroom, ensure that all edges are bull-nosed and the corners rounded and polished.

Installing honed marble requires for the marble tiles to be pre-sealed before installation

 

Marble Care Tips

Marble Care Tips for Every Day Use

Care of marble surfaces – When marble is first installed, it should be sealed along with the grout as soon as the grout has had time to cure, usually 3 – 7 days depending on the grout manufacturer. Failure to do this will allow the soiling and staining.  Some contractors may not return to seal their work as they should, but even if they do, sealing is a regular part of maintenance that will cause many problems if neglected.

Marble is very porous specially older or honed marble.  It may require several coats of sealer or combination of water based sealer followed by an oil based sealer for effectively sealing the marble.

Use a neutral natural stone cleaning product for the daily cleaning of your marble floor, marble counter top or marble shower.

Use felt pads on objects place on top of your marble surfaces to avoid scratches.

Types of Marble Sealers

What  types of  Sealers to Use on Marble

Marble is a very porous natural stone. Weather you have marble on your floor, shower, counter top, fireplace, steps or walls it needs to be sealed in order to prevent staining and for easier cleaning and maintenance.

Stone sealers work by penetrating into the stone and filling the open pores of the stone face.  Since marble is porous it may require several applications of the marble sealer.

There are several types of sealers available.

Topical Sealers

Topical sealers are those that are applied to the surface of the marble tile or counter top.  It is used to create a protective barrier on the surface of the marble to protect against foot traffic, scratches, etching and staining.

Since it it applied to the surface, it eventually wears off and sometimes peals off the polish surface and can discolor.

The application of the topical sealer is fairly simple for a home owner to do, but it is very difficult to get a streak free finish on a polished marble floor.  Reapplication of topical sealers require that the previous coating be removed and this can be very difficult for a home owner,  since special sealer stripping chemicals,  stripping equipment and supplies are needed.  This is usually a job for an experience stone restoration company.

Topical sealers are sometimes used on marble surfaces as an inexpensive way to hide a tired worn out marble floor or when the cost of full marble restoration is prohibitive for the home owner or commercial property owner.

For long term protection and easy of maintenance, topical sealers is not recommended to be used on marble or any other type of natural stone surface.

Penetrating Sealers

Penetrating sealer are those that penetrate the surface of the stone sealing all open pores and capillaries in the stone surface; creating and impenetrable surface.  Penetrating sealers are generally breathable, this means that the sealer allow the stone release trapped moisture from inside while not allowing liquid spills enter the surface of the stone.  Penetrating sealers generally do not alter the color or look of the stone surface.  These types of sealer last much longer than topical sealers and can change the slip resistance coefficient of the stone surface.  Application of penetrating sealer is relatively easy to perform but caution must be taken to ensure that sealer must not be allow to dry on the surface of the stone, specially polished marble.

Impregnating Sealers

Impregnating sealers are designed to penetrate deep into the stone surface creating a bonding effect with the capillary walls of the stone.  Impregnating sealers can be found in water base or solvent base.  Water base are easier to use and have less odor and safer.  Solvent base have a stronger smell and strict caution must be used when applied indoors.  These types of sealers are considered the best protection for stone and last much longer.

Enhancing Stone Sealers

Enhancing stone sealers are used mostly on hone marble or other honed natural stone surface.  These are penetrating or impregnating sealers designed to protect the stone surface but at the same time enhance the texture of the stone.  These types of stones sealers make a gray dull hone marble look dark or wet and making the texture of the stone more visible.

Which ever type of sealer you decide to use, ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s direction and look for product ratings.  It is best to seek help from an experienced stone restoration professional

How to Clean Marble

Marble is a versatile and elegant stone suitable for use in any part of the home or a commercial building.  It can be found in different colors and in a hone or highly polished finish.

Compared to other types of surfaces, marble is very soft and porous natural stone,  prone to scratching and staining.

Marble is made up of limestone rock that has been transformed by means of extensive heat and pressure.

It starts as a limestone in lake beds, river beds, ponds, or even ocean bottom.  As the Earth plates move and the limestone rock moves further deep in to the Earth, it gets pressurized and cooked and recrystallization occurs, transforming the limestone in to metamorphic rock called marble.

Marble is very sensitive to acidic products and chemicals.  This means that one has to be aware of the cleaning products being used on or near marble floors, marble walls, marble showers, marble counter tops or marble vanity tops.

Always test new cleaning products on a scrap piece of marble before using it on your marble surface.  If a scrap piece of marble is not available, use a ph test strip available at pool supply stores.

Use cleaning products tested and proven to be safe on marble.  All marble cleaning products must be ph neutral – ph7.

If an approved cleaning product is not available, you can mix an once of neutral – non lemon -dish washing liquid in a gallon of hot water.  Soak a cotton towel with the cleaning solution and wash the marble with it. Next take a clean cotton towel, wet it with clean warm water and wash the marble again to remove any soap residue.

Take a dry cotton towel and dry the surface ensuring that there is no soap residue or oily feel.

If after washing, there is evidence of oil build up, use straight Acetone, available at your local hardware store.  Take a dry clean cotton towel and wet it with the acetone, wipe the marble surface until the oil striking disappears.

Caution: Acetone is a solvent and flammable, ensure that there is no open flames and plenty of air movement.  Use hand gloves when handling solvents.  Some people are sensitive to the fumes.

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Spaces For Marble Tiles

The design of a house is always an important aspect of a person’s life, as the house should be a place to fit perfectly to our soul, to our personality and to our dreams. Thus, after a long tiresome working day, our home should be able to offer us the desired comfort, so as to disconnect us from the daily stress and help us recharge our batteries. Moreover, an important component of the house design is the floor. There are a lot of possibilities when choosing the floor materials, like marble, travertine, stone, wood and the list could go on.

However, one must acknowledge a particular material as the most impressive one of all: the marble. It is by far the most elegant element, the one that comes with a dual existence, offering both a traditional aspect and a modern one. This is the reason why it makes a perfect choice for your living room. As this room is the first one – and maybe the only one, too – that your guests see and as they base on it their impression on your house, marble tiles are ideal for this particular space. You will thus obtain an exquisite space for your guest to admire and for your family to spend most of their time. Moreover, a floor heating system will turn your living room into a cozy and economical one.

Furthermore, another room where the marble tiles are a must is the kitchen and the bathroom. Because of the high level of humidity in these rooms and because of the high chances of spilling water on the floor or even on the walls, the marble tiles make the perfect solution. Thus, you will not only obtain elegant spaces for you to spoil yourself or to practice your hobby, but you will be surprised how easily they clean and how cleaning becomes a real pleasure.

We should not forget about the exterior though, as the marble tiles make a great choice for your patio. You will turn your dining space into an elegant and practical one, where you will spend quality time with your guests or with your family.

To conclude, the marble tiles make not only an elegant choice for your home, but a practical one, too. They are great if you are looking for an exquisite design and a simple way of maintaining the house clean at the same time, not to mention that their ambivalence in terms of design -classicism and modernism – could turn your home into an exquisite property.

The dual design that marble tiles can offer – both traditional and contemporary – make them the best choice both in terms of aesthetics and of practicality.