Top tips for marble and stone cleaning

Marble and Stone Cleaning

Whilst marble or stone floors look beautiful, you can find that their sparkle and shine will fade over time. After investing so much money in these amazing floors, you will want to make sure that they look great for a number of years.

Marble floor cleaning

Marble floors are strong and durable. However, they are prone to dulling and scratching if you do not use the right products. You should avoid using abrasive cleaning products such as Brillo pads or a brush with very hard bristles. Both of these could leave the marble looking less than its best.
When it comes to cleaning products, stay away from anything that is highly alkaline or acidic. This includes vinegar. You may also want to stay away from conventional floor cleaners as they may have ingredients within them that could harm the shine of your marble.
Instead use a specialist marble or granite cleaner, failing that some high quality washing up liquid in a bucket of warm water will work well too. You should always gently blot and mop the floor, this should still remove the dirt but still leave you floors looking shiny and clean.
Last of all, it is a good idea not to let the floor dry on its own, as this can lead to water stains. Instead, use a microfibre cloth which will buff the floor until it sparkles.

Stone floor cleaning

Natural stone floors are popular in traditional styled homes. They have a beautiful, timeless look that can really make the style of your home. However, they are prone to looking tired after time. Thankfully, with some careful attention and cleaning, you will have a floor that looks brand new again.
When trying out any products on your floor, it is a good idea to try it out on the floor first. Pick a dark corner where it won’t be too noticeable and rub a small patch with the product. It is a good idea to leave it a couple of days, just to make sure that nothing develops and if all is well, you can clean the rest of the floor.
You should try to pick a detergent that is suited to cleaning natural stone floors. General cleaners will be likely to contain acid, this can damage the surface of the floor and leave you with marks. You should give any product that you apply time to work, around 10 minutes is ideal. Once the tiem is up, you should make yourself busy scrubbing away at any areas which are particularly stained.
Try not to use anything with harsh bristles, perhaps a nylon bristled washing up brush. After cleaning the floor, it is a good idea to rinse the floor with a mop and some clean water. You will need to dry the floor with an old towel as leaving the water on the stone could cause problems later on down the line.

Use a professional cleaner

Still not sure which is the best way to clean your marble or stone floors? If this is true for you, then perhaps it is time to speak to some experts.
Here at Clean-a-Carpet we have the knowledge, skills and experience that allow us to clean your floors and make sure they sparkle and shine. We operate throughout the Portsmouth and Southampton areas. We have many happy customers who will confirm that our service is high quality and leaves amazing results.