Regular Granite and Marble Floor Cleaning
You also need to know how to clean granite or a marble flooring on a regular basis. Here are some easy instructions for cleaning granite or marble floors:
- Either use a specialist cleaner, or fill a bucket with warm water and a little dishwashing soap – a good quality liquid soap like the range offered by SUNLIGHT is ideal.
- Using a soft, clean mop, wipe the floors using short and gentle strokes. Mop all over.
- Empty the bucket and refill with cold water without detergent. Mop again to remove soap residue.
- Using a dry, clean, microfiber cloth, buff the floor to bring up the shine. Never let marble or granite dry naturally, as this will cause water marks to form.
Marble & Granite 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 a 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, as these can dull the marble.
- Anything that’s either very acid 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
Granite and marble floor cleaning is much easier if there’s not much dirt to begin with, so you might want to implement some preventative measures to reduce both the build-up of dirt and grime and the risk of scratching 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.