Marble floors are beautiful and provide a unique look to any room of a home. However, they require a little extra TLC to maintain its beauty over time.
Keep these tips in mind, and your marble floor will stay looking great no matter what your family throws its way:
Clean Spills ASAP
Marble is a very porous stone, which means it quickly absorbs any type of liquid. Even on a sealed floor, the stains can do permanent damage if they are not cleaned up immediately.
The quicker you can clean up a spill, the less likely it is that the floor will have long-term damage. Make sure that you use dry cloths and get up every bit of the spill that you can see. Consider running a fan in the area of the spill after it’s wiped up to take care of any lingering moisture that you can’t see.
Ammonia-based cleaners, including vinegar, lemon, and bleach can cause the marble to erode. This might not be an issue in the short-term, but using these products over time will cause the floor’s shine to turn dull.
Instead of reaching for your favorite cleaning product, use a bucket of hot, soapy water to clean your marble floor. Be sure to use a mild soap and dry the area thoroughly to avoid damage from water seeping into the stone.
Use Floor Mats
This sounds counterintuitive, but sometimes the best way to care for a marble floor is to cover it up with a rug or mat. Doing so prevents others from seeing its natural beauty, but also protects it from spills and foot traffic.
This is not to say that you need to cover up your entire marble floor. Instead, place rugs or mats in areas that are high traffic and prone to spills and stains. Choose something that will complement your floor’s unique color scheme and protect your investment in the long run.