How to Refresh Marble
Marble offers unparalleled beauty, permanence and uniqueness, and adds true value to any home. A well laid and maintained stone floor is timeless and adds to both the enjoyment of, and resale value of, any property.
To protect your investment it is important that a professional company such as Stone Seal, specialising in marble and stone, maintains your floors periodically.
As Marble and limestone are both relatively soft calcium-based stones, this makes them both susceptible to scratching and at risk of etching by acidic or alkaline spills or chemicals. In addition the marble used for flooring is generally available in either a highly polished finish or a honed (semi-polished) finish, both of which can become dull, worn and scratched with time. The most common problems we encounter with marble are loss of shine, scratching, staining and etching, chipping, cracking and excessive lippage on badly laid floors.
Stone Seal provide a service of marble restoration and polishing, which aims to keep your marble looking like new and protect your investment. The process required both highly skilled technicians and the correct equipment. It should not be confused with mere “cleaning”.
If done wrongly the process will inadvertently ruin a beautiful floor and involve the owner in further expense for professional repair.
Top Tips for Cleaning Marble
With marble and limestone, it is particularly important that you do not use any cleaning products unless they clearly state that they are safe for use on marble. If it doesn’t say “can be used on marble”, don’t use it. Also avoid abrasive chemicals and cloths, which will scratch.
Stone Seal recommend that all marble and limestone surfaces are protected: sealing marble or limestone with a stain guarding treatment will limit stains; while polishing with a barrier oat polish can isolate marble or limestone from damage.
Regular Marble Cleaning
Vacuum or wipe the marble to remove loose dust and grit from the surface. Check your vacuum head edges and wheels to make sure there are no sharp pieces that could scratch the marble or limestone.
- Damp clean
Clean using a microfiber mop or cloth dampened with warm water (no chemicals are necessary when using good-quality microfiber, as the fabric is 99.9% antibacterial which is a much better result than can be achieved with most cleaning chemicals available). The microfiber will ‘grab’ the surface and lift off most daily grime. Use some pressure to work the microfiber – floating it lightly over the surface will not be so productive!
- Neutral Chemical
Spot clean any spills, marks or stains using a neutral pH chemical. Do not use any chemical unless it clearly states “safe for use on marble and limestone”. Avoid highly acidic, highly alkaline, or abrasive chemicals. Read the label carefully, and test a small area first to make sure it is safe to use. After spot cleaning, rinse the surface lightly with clean water.
DO NOT leave to dry naturally – dry using an old towel or a clean, dry mop.
“Stone seal are amazing. They have been cleaning & polishing the marble in our home and floor shop for over 6 years. Stone Seal staff are always…” Continue reading >>
“Stone Seal have been looking after our marble polishing needs for many years now. I would not dream of having another company.” – Natalie Kenny – Malahide, Co. Dublin
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