Marble Care Guide

Marble Staircase Refinishing

The Importance of Maintenance

More and more natural stones are being used for their beauty and and unique characteristics. These stones are generally very prone to abrasion, scratching and staining which damages the stone's appearance.

The main reason polished stone floors become dull is that we walk on them and "grind" in dust, sand, and other fine, gritty matter that abrades the finish. Although the scratching is very fine, it eventually covers the whole area so massively that light will no longer reflect off the surface. Therefore, maintenance is a key factor guaranteeing post-installation or post-restoration beauty appearance and longevity.

Scratches and Blemishes

In House Maintenance

For in-house maintenance, Palm Beach Marble Restoration. recommends a few simple rules in order to keep your floors, vanities, walls, counter tops, etc. remaining in good condition for a long time:

 

  • Never use vinegar, acid, glass or furniture cleaner to clean the stone. They poison the stone, kill the polish and damage the surface. Stone cleaning products should have neutral pH equal or close to 7.

  • Use dry-mopping as often as you can. In reality the scratches come not from simply walking on the floor, but from the sand and grit lying between shoes and polished surfaces.

  • Use only trusted products designed for stone maintenance. We can recommend a wide variety of reputable products.

  • Keep mops, rags, sponges, dust mops and other supplies to clean the marble separate from other cleaning supplies. A mop used in a restroom may have acid from toilet bowl cleaners or urine in it. Both can have negative effects on polished stone floors.

  • Set up a Professional Maintenance Program with Palm Beach Marble and Tile Restoration, Inc. to implement a cycle of periodic low-cost maintenance and restoration procedures.