Marble Floor Polishing: 4 Tips
Marble floor polishing is a chore that most do not want to do, but one they can't escape. There are plenty of marble polish products on the market but these can cause more damage than they are worth. Here are 4 tips for marble floor polishing:
1. Beware Using Acidic Cleaners
Marble is, in essence, a fossil. As crustaceans die, their shells sink to the sea floor. This process happens for millions of years having layers and layers of sea shells constantly compressing. When it's all said and done you are left with calcium carbonate, or marble. Any cleaner that contains acid will damage and destroy marble. This includes using lemon or lime juice and vinegar, all of which are great all-natural cleaning products - except when it comes to marble floor polishing.
2. Make Your Own Cleaner
Sometimes the best cleaning solution is the one you make yourself. This is not only safe for marble floor polishing, but is easy to make and inexpensive. The recipe is as simple as mixing 3 tablespoons of baking soda to one quart of warm water. That's all you need to use. Dip a rag in the solution, remove the excess water and then scrub the marble floor. Let the marble floor air dry completely and then wipe down with regular warm water. Use a chamois to wipe up the rinsing water.
3. Avoid Abrasive Cleaners
Never use a floor cleaner unless they are made specifically as a marble floor polishing product. These chemicals are very abrasive and will literally eat away at the marble floor. Instead of turning to these products you can use your own homemade cleaner and marble floor polisher. All you need is a stick of plain white chalk, a rag and some water. Take the chalk and crush it into a very fine powder. Put the rag in some water and wring out the excess so that it is just damp, then dip it into the crushed chalk. Rub the chalk on the marble. Be sure that you apply it smoothly and overlap each stroke. Let the chalk dry a few minutes before rinsing it off with a wet rag that has been wrung out. Let the marble floor air dry completely.
4. On the Spot Cleaning
The process of cleaning your marble floor will also polish them up assuming you haven't seriously damaged them. When a spill occurs you need to get to it quickly. Sugar is easily removed by using a sponge, warm water and a drop of dish soap. Oil and tomato is removed with a sponge, warm soapy water and a little hydrogen peroxide. Scrub, rinse with water and then buff with a chamois to polish.