How To Maintain Marble Floors And Countertops

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How To Maintain Marble Floors And Countertops

Floor Surfaces:
Dust mop interior floors frequently using a clean, non-treated dry dust mop ( preferably a microfiber pad ). Sand, dirt, and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness. Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt, and grit that will scratch the stone floor. Be sure that the underside of the mat or rug is a non-slip surface.
Normally, it will take a person about eight steps on a floor surface to remove sand or dirt from the bottom of their shoes. Normal maintenance involves periodic washing with clean water and neutral (pH 7) cleaners. Soap-less cleaners are preferred because they minimize streaks and film. Mild, phosphate-free, biodegradable liquid dishwashing soaps or powders or stone soaps are acceptable if rinsing is thorough. Wet the stone surface with clean water. Using the cleaning solution (following manufacturer’s directions), wash in small, overlapping sweeps. Work from the bottom up if it is a vertical surface. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove all traces of soap or cleaner solution. Change the water in the bucket frequently. Dry with soft cloth and allow to thoroughly air dry.

Countertop Surfaces :

 

Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap (available at hardware stores or from your stone supplier or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Use a clean soft cloth for best results. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar, or other acids on marble or limestone. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.

 

 

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