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How to Clean Marble and Granite

Marble & granite floors are durable; knowing how to clean them is important. Find out useful information on the best marble cleaners & cleaning techniques.

Looking for ways to clean your marble and granite flooring?

We know that one of the most common issues with marble and granite flooring is that it can be damaged by conventional cleaning materials and methods.  Read on how to clean marble or granite floor with these easy to follow guide.

Try these methods to stunningly transform your marble and granite flooring.  

Marble and Granite Cleaning: Tackling Dirt and Scuff Marks

Learning how to clean granite or marble floors is easy – it’s a two-part process. First, you need to know how to spot and clean the floor to remove any obvious dirt or scuff marks. The best way to do this is:

Step 1:

Apply a small amount of a mild liquid dishwashing soap or marble-cleaning product – one that is pH neutral – to a soft microfiber cloth along with a small amount of cold clean water. Always test any product on small inconspicuous areas first.

Step 2:

Gently rub the stain or scuff in the direction of the grain in straight lines. As tempting as it is don’t scrub in a circular motion as you could damage the floor.

Step 3:

Once the stain or mark has disappeared, buff with a dry cloth to dry the area and bring up the shine.

Regular Granite and Marble Floor Cleaning

You also need to know how to mop a granite or a marble floor on a regular basis. Here are some easy instructions on how to do just that:

Step 1:

Either use a specialist cleaner or fill a bucket with warm water and 2 teaspoons of dishwashing soap – a good quality liquid soap like the range offered by Vim is ideal.

Step 2:

Use a soft clean mop and then wipe the floors using short and gentle strokes. Mop the entire marble or granites floor.

Step 3:

Empty the bucket and refill with cold water without detergent. Mop again to remove the soap residue from the floor.

Step 4:

Use a dry clean microfiber cloth then buff to clean the floor to bring up the shine. Never let the marble or granite dry naturally, as this will cause watermarks to form.

Granite & Marble Cleaning Products: What NOT to Use

Always check the instruction and safety guidelines on any product that you use to clean your floors and test on a small inconspicuous area first. As granite and marble are natural materials there are also some items that shouldn’t be used due to the risk of damage and scratching. Here’s what you should avoid using for marble or granite cleaning:

  • Conventional floor cleaning products – you’re better off using special marble cleaners or granite cleaners.
  • Ceramic tile cleaners can dull the marble.
  • Anything that’s either very acidic or very alkaline – vinegar, for example.
  • Rough cloths, like wire scouring pads.
  • Vacuum cleaners as the wheels and hoses can scratch the materials.

Caring for Marble and Granite

Marble and granite floor care is much easier if there’s not much dirt to begin with so you might want to implement some preventive measures to reduce both, the build-up of dirt and grime and the risk of scratches and damage. Try placing a floor mat at the entrance to your granite floors to catch dirt, dust, and small stones stuck into the soles of shoes before they can damage your floor.

Always ensure that any items you place on the floor, like plant pots, are put on a rubber mat so that there’s no direct contact between the marble or granite and a hard material that could cause damage. Consider applying a marble or granite sealer onto the floor to add a protective barrier and limit the amount of damage that can be done to the floor.

Key Steps:

  • A liquid soap, like Vim dishwashing liquid combined with water, can be used to spot clean and mop the granite and marble floors. This solution is mild enough that it can treat your granite or marble floors with the special care they need as well as help remove tough dirt at the same time. (When using a new cleaning solution always test on an inconspicuous area first.)

Top tip:

If you spill something on your granite or marble floor it’s important to clean it off as quickly as possible as these surfaces stain incredibly easily. Acidic liquids like orange juice or vinegar can be particularly troublesome. Blot (rather than wipe) any spills with a cloth before washing with a little dishwashing liquid and a liberal dose of water.