Don’t Damage Your Marble Floor
Stone floors add style and elegance to your home, but proper stone maintenance is essential for ensuring longevity. Etching, stains, scrapes and scratches are all avoidable if you take extra care to ensure your floor is protected from pets, guests and the elements. The following is a list of the top five bad habits that can damage your marble floor.
1. Letting ice, snow and mud dry on your stone floor
People will come in and out, but don’t let them traipse over your floor without using a doormat first. Leaving, ice, snow and mud to cake and dry on your floor will cause damage and leave permanent marks. Opt for a sturdy, thick mat that stays in place and doesn’t slip when people walk over it. Leave a rubber mat outside your front door, too, so that guests can scrape off as much snow and mud as possible before entering your home.
2. Using acidic cleaners to clean your floor.
Cleaners such as vinegar and lemon juice may be great options for your health and the environment, but they are bad options for stone floor maintenance. The acid can lift the sealer and etch the surface. Instead, opt for pH-neutral stone cleaner and follow directions carefully. We recommend using the MC24 Daily Stone Cleaner for marble floors.
3. Not cleaning up spills immediately!
Let’s face it, spills happen. You’ll want to be make sure to clean any spills up immediately. Again, make sure to use a pH-neutral stone cleaner like the one above, any acidic cleaners will cause further damage. Some liquids can stain your marble floor. If this happen you’ll want to safely remove the stain using poultice. Learn more about this DIY solution here. To prevent stains, make sure you’re sealing your marble floors once/year. We recommend using the 314P Premium Sealer, the highest quality stain protection.
4. Using chairs without protective felt pads
Stone may be solid and long-lasting, but its finish is still vulnerable to scrapes and scratches. Protect your stone floor from chair scrapes with protective pads. These can be found at your local hardware store.
5. Allowing pet urine to dry without quick cleanup.
Your new puppy may be your best friend, but he’s your stone floor’s worst enemy. The acid from cat and dog urine will cause etching and staining to your floor. Keep a non-acidic floor cleaner on hand to catch spills as soon as they happen, and don’t allow untrained dogs to have access to your floors while you’re away from home. If one gets past you and the damage is done, you should check out the Marble Refinishing Kit.
Try to avoid bad habits that can damage your marble floor and keep it looking great for years to come! If you have any questions about proper maintenance and protection, feel free to leave a comment below. We’d be happy to assist you!