How to Clean Marble Flooring and Granite Flooring Regularly
Another thing you need to know is how to clean marble floors at home, in addition to granite floors, on a regular basis. Here are some easy instructions on how to clean marble floor dirt and granite floor dirt easily:
- Use a specialist cleaner or fill a bucket with warm water and some good quality dishwashing soap – the range offered by Lux Sunlight is ideal.
- Use a soft, clean mop to wipe the floor in short, gentle strokes.
- Empty the bucket and refill it with cold water without any detergent, and mop again to remove soap residue.
- Use a dry, clean microfiber cloth to buff the floor and bring up the shine. Never let marble or granite dry naturally so water marks don’t form.
Marble & Granite Cleaning Products: What NOT to Use
It’s important to always check the instructions and safety guidelines on any product you use to clean your floors. It’s also important to test it on a small, hidden area first to make sure it doesn’t cause any damage.
Because granite and marble are natural, valuable materials, there are some items that should never be used on them so they don’t get damaged or scratched. Here are the things you should avoid using when cleaning marble or granite floors:
- Commercial floor cleaning products. Instead, use special marble or granite cleaners.
- Ceramic tile cleaners, as they are known to dull the shine of marble.
- Anything that is either very acidic or very alkaline, like vinegar, for example.
- Rough materials or cloths, such as wire scouring pads.
- Vacuum cleaners, as the wheels and hose can scratch the floor.
Caring for Marble and Granite
Cleaning granite and marble floors or counters is a lot easier when there isn’t a lot of dirt to begin with, so it’s a good idea to implement some preventative measures to reduce the build up of grime and dirt and decrease the risk of damage and scratches.
- Place a floor mat at the entrance of your home to catch any dirt, dust or small pebbles that can get stuck in the soles of shoes.
- Any items placed on the floor, such as plant pots, need to be put on rubber mats to avoid direct contact with marble or granite.
- Consider applying a marble or granite sealer onto the floor to add a protective barrier and limit any potential damage to the floor.