How to Care For and Clean Marble Floors

Clean marble floors isn’t as difficult as it may seem.

First of all, I want to precaution you not to use acidic cleaners on your marble flooring. Acidic cleaners, such as vinegar, lemon juice, and bleach will cause a loss of shine and can scratch the marble. The calcium carbonate and acid react to each other and “eat away” the marble.

Knowing how to clean a marble floor is to avoid abrasive cleaners like Comet and Ajax. Your vacuum can also scratch your marble floors.

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The wheels and brushes on a vacuum put the floor under pressure as it moves across the floor, weakening the finish on the marble and exposing it to scratches.

Equipment Needed

  • Bucket
  • Spray Bottle
  • Dust Mop
  • Wet Mop
  • Fluffy Towels
  • Microfiber Cloth

I recommend a diluted mix of water and ammonia, or a diluted mix of water and dish soap for cleaning your marble floors. A half cup of soap per bucket of water is all you need.

If you use a store bought cleaner find a stone soap that is formulated for marble or a soapless cleaner with a pH7. This will minimize streaks and soap residue left behind.

How to clean a marble floor using a dust mop:

I suggest once a week per pet and person in your home. Let’s say it is you, your significant other, and fido. Then you should dust mop three times a week.

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A soft, non-treated dust mop is safest to use on a marble floor. Be sure to wash the dust mop head between uses. I have found that the microfiber mops–both wet and dry–work well.

Non-slip rugs at the entrances into your home will help reduce dirt from your shoes getting tracked onto your marble floors. I have a non-slip rug at my front and back door as well as at the door leading into the garage. These rugs are in contact with your shoes first, trapping loose dirt and grit.

At least once a month you should deep clean your marble floor. It may need to be done more often if you have a lot of in and out foot traffic.

Clean any spills promptly to avoid a hard-to-remove stain later. Blot the spill with a soft cloth. Blotting keeps the spill from spreading.

Clean the spot with mild soap and water. Rinse with clean water and dry the spot immediately.

How to Deep Clean your Marble Floor:

  • Using clean water wet the surface.
  • Using a soft wet mop, apply your cleaning solution according to the bottle’s instructions. Change the water in your bucket as needed.
  • Rinse with fresh clean water as needed.
  • Use a fluffy towel or microfiber cloth to dry the floor. Marble is a porous stone and absorbs easily. Standing water on marble can seep into the stone and stain it.

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Marble floor quick cleanups using a homemade solution:

Add one teaspoon of castile soap to two cups of water in a spray bottle. Swirl the mix before each use. Spray the area with the solution and, using a soft damp cloth, wipe the area clean.

You come across an area that’s discolored by an untreated spill. All hope is not lost.

How to clean marble floors with discoloration:

Combining baking soda and water, create a paste. Spread it over the discolored area. Cover the site with plastic wrap, taping the edges. Leave it for 24 hours to give the paste time to extract the discoloration.

After the 24 hour period wipe away the paste with a warm damp cloth. Spray the spot with your solution in the spray bottle, wipe again with a warm damp cloth.

Have you found a scuff mark that may have been there awhile?

How you can clean scuff from marble floors:

Using the soft material part of a tennis ball, rub it on the mark. It will lift the scuff mark safely.

Part of caring for your marble floor includes sealing the marble. Once a year, using a breathable pH neutral sealer you should seal your floor.

Sealing the marble floor helps increase liquid and water resistance. It also helps prevent stains from occurring on the marble. Sealing the floor makes it more difficult for lime and calcium to assemble.

You can seal your marble floor yourself if the floor does not already have wear-and-tear. You will need a solvent based sealer that penetrates the marble. It will soak into the pores of the marble to prevent liquids from seeping into the pores.

Knowing how to clean your marble floor, and with routine care your floors will last a lifetime.