Why you Should Invest in a Marble Floor PolishRebecca Hinshelwood
In a home or a workplace, natural stone is a wonderfully versatile and durable material. Marble especially brings a timeless elegance that can withstand evolving design concepts. So as a flooring material, stone is a popular choice for those taking a long view. You may not have considered a marble floor polish. However, to get the absolute best out of your marble floor a certain degree of long term maintenance is key.
I thought Stone is Low Maintenance?
Absolutely right. Compared to other materials, natural stone including marble is durable and tough. Flooring is under extreme stress, though. For areas of heavy footfall, such as the kitchen in a domestic space or a reception area in a commercial building, stone can lose its shine. So if the sheen of your marble floor has depleted, it may be time to look into a marble floor polish.
Preparing the Surface
Marble is a valuable stone, and needs to be treated with care. So before you go about your marble floor polish, the space must be thoroughly cleaned. After vacuuming or a thorough sweep, the floor should be mopped with warm water and if necessary a mild detergent. As with marble worktops, abrasive or acidic liquids and cleaners can damage or mark the stone, so avoid these. Check the mop beforehand as any pieces of grit left on the mop pads can scratch and damage your floor.
A marble floor can be polished by hand. Simply use a specialist marble floor polish rubbed in using a soft, clean cloth. That all important shine can be achieved with a buffing pad. However, unless your marble floor is very small, this is back breaking work!
Why not raid your kitchen cupboard for a home made marble polishing solution that avoids all harsh chemicals! A mix of baking soda and water (45g to 0.9l) can be applied to the surface in a thin layer. Leave for around 5 hours and then rinse with warm water and buff.
For commercial spaces and larger domestic floors, it’s a good investment to seek a professional marble expert to polish the marble floor. An added benefit of appointing a marble cleaning professional is that more severe stains can be dealt with using the correct products and long term damage avoided.
How often Should you Polish a Marble Floor?
An intensive polish and re-sealing process should only be required every 1 – 3 years. Clearly, areas of heavy traffic will become tired before more inaccessible parts of the floor. Regular, daily buffing with a dry mop is advised to maintain a lasting sheen to your marble floor. The floor should be washed every week, taking care not to bring any grit onto the surface.
What about Major Damage?
Perhaps you had a kitchen incident that had a far reaching impact on your stone floor. This could be dropping a heavy based pan and damaging the floor. Or maybe an unattended red wine spill has stained the stone where the seal has been wearing thin? Or the floor may simply have a multitude of scratches from gravel stuck in the shoes of visitors or kids. Whatever the catastrophe, the natural material of stone is certainly capable of recovery.
How can Marble Floors be Repaired?
Mable is mined in slabs. This is the reason that your surfaces, whether for worktops or floors, are firstly so heavy and secondly so unique. In this way, for severe damage to a floor, a tiny layer of the stone can be removed, leaving a fresh surface to be polished and sealed.
To achieve the best marble floor polish, you should consider two processes. Firstly a more regular dry mop or buff, to maintain a level of upkeep that will help to ward off more invasive repair jobs. However, every few years, the seal on your marble floor will need to be stripped and reapplied. So don’t leave it too long!