Love your marble floors? With its subtle swirl pattern and beautiful shade variations there’s no wonder you do. Whether you’ve decided to install this colorful stone on your floors, kitchen counters or as a backsplash marble tiles can be very expensive to install. Therefore, it’s important to protect your investment by properly maintaining marble surfaces.
Marble Surfaces are Easily Damaged
Although, marble is a type of natural stone it’s also especially susceptible to damage. Although the exterior is hard it can be easily dented, smashed or cracked. That’s why it’s crucial that you hire a professional to seal marble tiles after they have been installed. A quality sealant will help prevent damage from furniture and foot traffic.
In addition, marble tiles are stain prone. Remember that it is derived from a metamorphic rock which means it can have a negative reaction to acid substances. When acid comes into contact with marble it can result in staining and discoloration. Substances like wine, coffee, ketchup and orange juice should be cleaned up immediately when it comes into contact with your marble tiles.
Sealing Your Marble Tiles
Natural stone tiles like marble require regular sealing, not just after an initial application. Stone is especially porous which means that it needs protecting against food, liquid and other substances. You can choose between solvent or water based sealants depending on your preference. Sealants work by penetrating through the stone and sealing the pores so that it acts as an repellent against moisture and stains.
Tips for Maintaining Marble Surfaces
When cleaning marble surfaces you should avoid using all purpose cleaners that aren’t marble safe since they often contain ingredients that could erode the stone. Here are some additional tips you should keep in mind:
• You can use a diluted dish soap and water mix
• Use a dust mop to remove dirt, dust and debris
• Hydrogen peroxide can be used to remove coffee, tea and food
• Commercial poultice powder can be used to remove stubborn stains
• If you have marble tiles installed in the bathroom be sure to dry it after showering
• Be sure to wipe up substances with colorants immediately to avoid staining the stone