Looking after your marble tiles
Marble is without a doubt a building material that depicts the height of elegance and refined taste. It’s a common feature of luxury in business premises and residential properties. Take a second and imagine the cool crisp effects created by the marble finishes that are found inside the home of your dreams. Whether it glistens off those counter tops as you are creating fantastic pieces of art in the kitchen, or it simply stares up at you as you walk across the corridors. Then, a discouraging thought comes to your mind as to how costly it may be to maintain this dream. Indeed, this is an exceedingly deterring thought.
Well, it may come as a shock to you, but maintenance is not as costly as many people tend to think. The following are a few ways to take care of your marble interiors and keep that stunning look for as long as possible.
Wiping feet: It is essential to have rugs, mats and runners at high-circulation points and at the entrances leading to the marble floors, for example at the doorway as you enter the house. Their presence is important to remove the small stones and grit which may damage the floors over time by scratching them.
Dust problem: As for dust, dust mops are a valuable to keep the dirt and grit off your floor. The best ones are the soft dust mops that are not treated with chemicals. Regularly cleaning the dust mop also is imperative to keeping your marble floor surfaces dust free. When it comes to vacuum cleaning, brush implements are the most apt. Plastic and metal may damage the finish.
Spillage: Lastly, spills should be blotted up as soon as possible. The reason as to why merely wiping the spill is not advisable is because this may spread the liquid around instead. Once blotted, do a quick flush with dish soap and water. Proceed to wipe the surface dry with a cloth and this should leave your floor sparkling.
In the kitchen, it is inevitable that the marble tile finishes, especially those present above the counter may get quite a lot of unwanted spills, splashes and a barrage of flying liquids. Of utmost importance is that these surfaces remain as dry as possible.
Kitchen Backsplashes: You could probably guess from the name that kitchen backsplashes are splatters of food and drinks. A quick blot and flush with neutral pH solution and warm water, followed by a thorough drying is an adequate defense against these projectiles of food and drink.
Especially in showers and baths, marble tiles tend to be exposed to some potentially harmful chemicals which are present in the soaps, shampoos, conditioners and so on. This is however, not a cause for worry.
Shower Floors: For showers, to make sure the lasting effects of these soaps do not stain the marble, be sure to rinse the floors with a spray of clean water and to consequently dry it with a soft towel.
Shower Walls: Soap scum and cloudiness may develop on the shower walls if you do not rinse them often. However, do not make the mistake of using bleaches, vinegar, cleaners, ammonia, scrubbing pads or regular commercial cleaners so as not to risk attrition to the marble surface. Use cleaners with a neutral pH which are fitting for marble.
Marble countertops, particularly in the kitchen and less so in the washrooms tend to take quite a fair amount of ill treatment. All one needs to be mindful is to blot spills up when they occur and in a timely fashion. Simple as that.
It is also however useful to repeat that under no circumstances should commercial cleaners be used on these marble countertops. One can make a homemade cleaning solution using mild dish soap; a tablespoon should suffice. Top it up with warm water in a spray bottle. After using the countertops, do a quick spray, clean it off using a damp cloth and dry it with a dry towel and you’re good to go.
Lastly, a crucial tip to take care of your marble surfaces, is to seal them up tight regularly to keep the pores full of a strong coat that is stain-resistant. It could as frequent as you would like, however it would be best to know when they need sealing by checking. You do this by lightly sprinkling water on the surface. You know that it’s time to seal your marble again if the water droplets spread out instead of beading.
In conclusion, when it comes to cleaning marble, dust mops, soft and dry cloths, neutral dish soap and water are all that you need. Therefore, keep your marble in pristine condition. It’s simple and cheap.