Polishing marble floors can either be easy or
difficult, depending on where you live and your
immediate environment. In warm regions, like
Singapore and other South-East Asian countries,
it's important to remember that the local
climate and humidity will exert a certain degree
of influence over your marble floors. One good
example is moisture. Leaving your marble tiles
exposed to excessive moisture is not a good
idea, and this is because marble tiles tend to
develop spots and stains when exposed to too
much moisture. So whenever the rainy seasons
arrive, try to limit the amount of moisture that
enters into your home by keeping your windows
and doors closed.
Aside from the environment, you should also
remember that keeping your marble floor clean
presents certain challenges. For example, that
in addition to the difficulties posed by marble
polishing, marble flooring is also one of the
most delicate floor tiles in the world. So in
keeping your marble tiles clean, it's important
to exercise a little caution. Not only will this
help you clean your floor, it will also allow
you to protect it from dirt and grime.
How Do Your Restore Your Marble Floor?
Restoring your marble floor to its original
beauty can be done using a three step process.
First of all, you will need to clean off the
dirt and grime using warm water. You will then
need to mop off all of the stains and then
manually dry them using a simple piece of cloth.
For older stains, you will need to create a
poultice that consists of water and baking soda.
The poultice will suck out the stains from out
of the marble's pores, which then will allow you
to remove them manually. Once you're done,
simply mop the poultice and clean your floor
using a vacuum cleaner.
For the next step, you will need to polish your
marble tiles to make them look new, and to do
this, you will need to use marble polishers.
These polishers act like sand paper in the sense
that they are meant to remove the damaged layers
of your floor. One good example are marble
diamond polishers, which are designed for marble
floors with extensive scratches. These polishers
are designed to remove very thin layers of your
floor's marble tiles in order to remove all of
the scratches and permanent stains found on
Finally, when everything else is finished, apply
a marble sealant to protect your newly cleaned
marble floor from contaminants. Sealants
generally last very long, so they should be able
to protect your floor for a very long time.
Tips On How to Clean and Polish Your Marble
Marble polishing can be a little tricky due to
the delicate nature of marble itself. So if you
want to sweep your floor, you should only use a
soft-bristled broom or a vacuum cleaner. You
should also use a special marble cleaner as they
are designed to remove all the stains and dirt
from your tiles without harming the surface of
your floor. If, however, they are not available,
you can always use warm water as a substitute.
Anything else may potentially harm your marble
floor tiles, and that's certainly something that
you want to avoid.
Aside from cleaning or restoring marble floor
tiles, you should also avoid using certain items
in cleaning your floor tiles. A few good
examples include vinegar, ordinary soaps and
even mild detergents. These substances often
contain ingredients that could potentially
damage the surface of your marble tiles.
Vinegar, for example, contains acid, while
certain types of soap contain substances that
may reduce the beauty of your marble tiles. So
if you can't find a marble cleaner, don't use
any other substance to clean your tiles. Just
use warm water until you can find a suitable
commercial marble tile cleaner.
Finally, you should also try to seal and polish
your tiles once every few months. The polish
will allow your floor to retain its natural
shine, whereas the sealant will protect it from
dirt. Do this even if your floor is completely
clean, as it is as a good form of routine
protection. The good news is that there are
plenty of commercial polish and sealants to
choose from in Singapore, and if you can't make
up your mind, you can always contact the company
that installed your floor tiles for
recommendations on which brands are most
suitable for your floor.