How to Maintain a Marble Patio

A marble patio is among the most aesthetic choices for residential outdoor spaces. Marble has the luster and aura associated with natural stones, and it exudes timeless elegance. However, marble surfaces need some maintenance. Use the following information to maintain your marble patio in an undemanding and effective manner.

Supplies Needed:

  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Rags
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Marble sealer
  • Marble polishing powder
  • Household bleach
  • Floor mats
  • Mop

Step 1—Basic Caring & Precautions for Marble Patio Floors

Place floor mats around the patio area to protect footfalls from bringing debris and dust on the marble floor. Ensure that you dust-mop or sweep the marble patio regularly. Immediately clean any kind of spill. Here, you should start by using a dry cloth, to soak-up the spill. Wiping the spill can further pressurize the spilled compound into marble’s porous surface. Ideally, you should keep a micro-fiber cloth or sponge handy for such cleaning

Step 2—Daily Cleaning Demands

Marble floors need careful handling, particular in terms of the regular cleaning approach. Firstly, you should not use pressured water or heavy-duty chemical cleaners for cleaning marble patios. These can damage the floor and stain it permanently. Lukewarm water and some liquid dish soap are best suited for daily cleaning demands. If you feel that the patio needs more potent, daily cleaning, purchase a neutral pH cleaner or soap-less cleaning fluids.

Step 3—Reseal Marble Patio Floor

Marble patios are usually sealed at the time of installation. This is done since most marble varieties are porous, and not ideally suited for outdoor flooring. However, the presence of a sealer makes the marble patio floor more impermeable to water. The sealer compound also helps to neutralize the effect of dirt, spills and corrosion induced by moisture. The sealer can become weathered over a period. You need to reseal the marble patio surface, to sustain its overall durability. For this, use the appropriate sealer, as per the manufacturer's recommendations. Clean the marble patio surface well, before spraying it with the sealer. Such spray sealers are easy-to-use. You can use water-based sealers, that augment the natural color of the marble floor apart from protecting it.

Step 4—Basic Polishing of Marble Patio Floors

Rather than using expensive, retailed compounds for reinstating the typical luster of marble, you can prepare a household polishing aid. Mix water and vinegar in a ratio of 2:1. After dry-mopping the patio, wipe it repeatedly with a soft rag dipped in this solution. Dry the marble surface with another rag, and allow it to dry for a few hours. Doing this regularly ensures that the marble surface’s shine is maintained.

Step 5—Removing Algae/Moss

Some marble patios are affected by algae and moss growth. This is particularly true for patios located near swimming pools, i.e. near a permanent source of moisture. Use a mixture of water and some household bleach as a cleaning solution to clean-away the algae.

Step 6—Removing Scratches

For removing scratch marks, start by dry-mopping the surface. Then treat the scratch with some marble polishing powder. This cleaning aid is rather easy to use. You merely need to sprinkle the polishing powder over the scratch and rub it with a moist cloth.