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Taking Care Of Your Marble Tile Flooring

Updated:2008-04-07 09:16:51

By Vanessa A. Doctor

A shiny and polished marble floor tile is a truly beautiful sight to see. On one hand, marble is a hard and durable material, and could last for years. On the other hand, the polished surface can be marred by chemicals, stains and abrasions. The art of keeping marble in its pristine, shiny and original state takes a lot of continuous care and attention.

Stuff That Could Do Damage To Marble Floor Tiles

The exquisite components of marble present for a shiny, durable coat. However, its sensitive nature presents a lot of hazards that could wreck, or probably deduct some of the elegance and shine that it should always possess.

A number of porous and soiling material present dangers to marble's luster, and among these are sand and soil. Sand and grit carried from outside by shoes can easily scratch and grind the marble floor tiles' surface like sandpaper. Unprotected furniture legs may leave scratches too, and dragging heavy objects or sharp items on the floor can cause very visible and deep scratches or gouges that could be permanent.

Liquid or food containing acid when spilled on marble floors could also etch, or leave a dull mark on marble surfaces. Examples of these are lemon juice, orange juice, carbonated beverages, cranberry juice, apple juice, wine, tomato, etc. The dull mark or stain may either be as large as a coin size or could spread over several tiles. Another terrible source of etch marks and stains are cleaning detergents which contain acid. Examples of these are tile cleaners, vinegar, Ajax, Soft Scrub, etc. Marble floor tiles are porous and can easily be discolored by spills from food, sitting pots, metal furniture legs, oil, ink, water damage, etc.

In addition to chemicals which contain acid, there are mixtures that contain high alkaline or bleach can damage marble floors to loose its shine and elegance. Tap water could also be damaging to a marble floor tile. Local water could contain chlorine, salts, magnesium, potassium and other minerals. When water is used regularly to clean the marble floor, it may ruin certain types of marble by causing pitting, spalling and yellowing. It is important for homeowners to protect the floor with a premium sealer.

Marble Floor Tile Cleaning Tips

* Cover the furniture legs that come in contact with the marble floor tile with special felt pads or plastic. These can be purchased in home centers or appliance shops. Appropriate protection will reduce the damage from scratches and dents.

* Shield the marble floor tile with a good penetrating sealer to reduce etch marks, gouges and prevent stains and moisture from filtering into the marble. In applying the sealer properly, ask for a professional stone care company to guide you.

* Be sure to utilize only neutral cleaners or stone soap liquid specifically designed for natural stone that will not harm the surface or erode the luster.

* Remove spills and stains with paper towel. Do not wipe because doing so will spread the spill. Flush the area around the floor and then when the floor dries, it will streak or appear grimy. However, if the marble tends to streak every time that you mop the floor, try drying the marble with a clean terry cloth towel or buff with a residential buffing machine.

* Damp mop the floor regularly 1-2 times weekly to eradicate dirt and soil. Mix cleaning solutions by following manufacturer's directions. Remember to always use clean cold or warm water. Do not use hot water since this will cause the marble floor tile to streak. Place all plants on a special base or stand to prevent deep stains and scratches.

Source:www.ezinearticles.com

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