As part of our guides on cleaning the house with organic products, here’s how to clean marble, stone or granite floors.
Marble, despite its strength, suffers from the effects of wear and tear over time when cleaned with conventional detergents and acidic substances. Often, marble surfaces acquire a lackluster look from being cleaned with chemicals, often present in multi-purpose cleaners
Here, then, you will find a number of tips to clean marble, stone and granite floors.
You will discover how to keep marble shiny and smooth in an eco-friendly manner.
The routine cleaning of surfaces, not only of marble but also of granite, (bathroom, kitchen, worktops and so on) must be done with Marseille soap. Soak a soft damp sponge on the soap and then wipe the marble, granite or stone. Then just rinse with a damp cloth. If the surface is dirtier than usual, sprinkle it with baking soda before cleaning with the soapy sponge. The soap not only removes grease from marble, but also gives it shine, and it does not corrode the surface. Marseille soap is antibacterial too.
To clean marble floors, (and even granite and natural stone) do not use conventional detergents, use instead a mixture made with 3 liters of water, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 10 tablespoons of alcohol and 1 small piece of marseille soap. Rub the soap in a very wet sponge and press it into the bucket, so you need not wait until the soap dissolves. Pass this “detergent” on the floor, using a well wrung out microfiber cloth.
If the marble has lost its natural shine, try polishing it with a pumice stone, a very fine abrasive powder sold in hardware stores. Mix water and pumice powder and rub the marble or granite using a kitchen sponge. Rub the surface well, giving particular attention to any stained areas, then rinse and wash the area with soap and rinse again.
If the marble looks dirty, stained with grease and other substances, or in a bad state, you can make a “beauty mask” for it. Take some “white cake” (a type of plaster), or even common plaster, moisten with a little water to make a liquid cream and apply it over the entire surface to be treated. Cover well and leave on for 30 minutes. After the time has passed remove the excess plaster and then wash with soap and rinse. You can use it on granite and natural stone surfaces too.
And if acid falls on marble, what to do?
Acids are true enemies of marble. Substances such as lemon juice, vinegar, juice, lime, tomato, acidic detergents, etc.. are a real risk. If these substances remain on the surface for a long time they can corrode marble, making it dull and rough. The moment one of these substances or any other acid touches the surface of the marble, wash it away with a cloth and wash the area in question with Marseille soap and baking soda or soap and soda solvents. Alternatively you can simply put a mixture made with baking soda and water on the acid where it fell. If the stain is pre-existing, try taking it off with pumice stone, and then rub the stained area of the marble or granite with a sponge soaked in Marseille soap. Rub the marble well and rinse with a cloth dampened in water and alcohol.
One final tip to remember:
If the floor is subject to heavy traffic it should be rinsed daily so as to avoid the accumulation of abrasive material from the outside, the best advice is to wash it with water to remove everyday dirt. This is extremely important to ensure the beauty of marble and granite. Following these few simples steps will help you preserve marble for years!