owadays,more and more "decorative" marbles are being used for
their beauty and not their strength. These marbles are generally
very prone to abrasion, vertical compactions, scratching and staining.
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 of the surface.
Therefore, maintenance is a key factor guaranteeing post-installation
or post-restoration beauty appearance and longevity.
For in-house maintenance Marble Restoration Services® Ltd.
recommends few simple rules following which the floors, vanities,
walls, counter tops etc. will stay in a good condition for a long
For the floors, an
effective entrance barrier MAT SYSTEM is imperative; and, forms
the most basic requirement for any stone flooring. Without it
even the best maintenance system could be jeopardized. Entrance
heavy-duty shoe scraper / grass mat will do a lot to protect
you natural stone installations and save your maintenance /
Never use vinegar,
acid, glass or furniture cleaner to clean the stone. High alkaline
or mild acidic cleaners can etch and damage the finish. They poison
the stone, kill the polish and damage surface. Stone cleaning
products should have neutral PH equal or close to 7. Popular Windex,
Fantastic, Comet or different bowl / kitchen / glass / furniture
cleaners would not be a good option.
Use dry-mopping as often
as you can. Think that scratches come not from walking on the
floor as such, but from the sand and grits lying between shoes
and polished surfaces.
Use only trusted products
designed for stone maintenance.
We can recommend a wide variety of reputable products. Contact
our office for details.
Keep mops, rags, sponges,
dust mops and other supplies to clean the marble separate from
other cleaning suppliers. 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.