The most wonderful time of the year is almost here, and if you plan on having guests at your home or festivities involving large numbers of people, you should know how to protect marble floors during holidays! Why go through all the trouble of cleaning and decorating if you’re placing your platters on scratched and scuffed surfaces? Marble is a highly porous type of rock and can lose its luster relatively quickly compared to other rocks used in your home. Granite, for example, is a harder surface and requires less polishing than marble. People choose marble for its beauty and its wide variety of natural designs and colors, but that beauty comes with some maintenance to keep it looking its best. This holiday season you want your investment to look its best, so invest in marble polishing products or services.
We often offer our recommended products and surfaces to clients, as well as marble polishing tips for those with the ability to do it themselves. Many people are very DIY-oriented so directions and products can usually work out well to keep up the beauty of their marble when done consistently. However, with everything else to do during the holidays, a large DIY undertaking like marble polishing may not be something people want to invest their time in. Our level of expertise, equipment and industrial grade products enable us to get in and out same day, leaving you with beautiful marble before you even return from work or errands.
You bought a beautiful product when you purchased marble. With the proper maintenance and care, it will stay that way. Contact Classic Marble Restoration today to schedule, and make your home shine this holiday season!
Preparing Your Marble for Family Foot Traffic During the Holidays
The holidays are upon us which means lots of fun times with family and friends, hosting dinner parties, and no shortage of tasty feasts!
With so much foot traffic within your household at this busy time of year, your floors are going to be taking some amount of beating. Kids running around, pets chasing each other, and family get-togethers mean your marble floors are going to be enduring more than average wear. Holiday home prep is essential when wanting to maintain the aesthetic of your marble floors (and even countertops).
Don’t be ill prepared this holiday season! Between guests coming and going, dinner prep in the kitchen, and of course lots of football watching, your marble floors will need an extra level of protection this holiday season in order to keep them looking polished. In areas where you know kids might be playing extensively, opt to put a water absorbent carpet over your marble in order to shield it from possible spills and messes. Marble is very porous and absorbent which means it will soak in spills almost instantly. Although you can always have your marble floors polished and restored, you do run the risk of permanent spotting if a stain goes too long without being cleaned up.
Flooring Sets the Vibe for Your Home
Whether you realize it or not, the flooring within your home has a tremendous impact on the look, feel, and atmosphere of your home. Whether it be the color, texture, or material of your flooring, properly cared for flooring is always more attractive than floors that are weathered and worn looking. Floors need extra TLC come the December holiday season in order to keep them looking pristine. Floors that look as though they have been exposed to mass amounts of foot traffic show it, and have the power to ruin the vibe of your home. Knowing how to protect marble floors during holidays is essential towards keeping your floors clean and cared for, which will boost the overall vibe and environment of your home.
Whether you have a polished finish, honed finish, or flamed finish, marble floors need more attention during the holiday season. Having your floors protected will ensure that stains and spills sit on the surface and do not penetrate your marble floors, potentially ruining them forever.
The beauty and classic look of marble floors can quickly fade if they aren’t taken care of. In order to safeguard your marbles against damages this holiday season, be sure to get your floors properly treated. A protective sealer will ensure that you can simply wipe away spills and dirt, quickly and easily and with no damage to your floors. In zones where you suspect lots of food and drink to be consumed, consider a hard surface protection tape which safely covers marble floors and tile surfaces without leaving glue or residue.
Marble contains striations and various veins as it is in its natural form, so understanding how to protect marble floors during holidays is absolutely critical. Sealing and protecting marble floors from unwanted staining will prevent liquids from absorbing into it so you can enjoy your holiday parties, worry-free.
Why You Should Clean Your Marble Floors After a Holiday Party
Although marble is a resilient and durable stone, it is actually porous and is susceptible to etching and staining. So, if any wine or other liquids have been spilled on your marble floors, it’s vital to clean them off before they cause staining. Getting informed on how to protect marble floors during holidays and afterwards can save you a lot of time and money later, so read on for more tips!
How to Clean Marble Floors
We recommend cleaning up any spills immediately with a damp cloth with distilled or deionized water. Then do a more thorough cleaning once your guests have left. Take care of your marble floor with these simple cleaning tips.
The best way to clean your marble floor is to sweep up any loose items with a brush, then use a damp mop. Be sure that your mop is just damp–not soaking wet. If there is a lot of liquid on your mop, some may be absorbed by the stone.
Don’t use a vacuum cleaner, as these can scratch the surface.
Which Cleaning Product to Use on Marble Floors
It’s vital to use the right type of cleaning product for your marble. Most store-bought cleaners are very acidic and your marble needs an alkaline cleaner. Home-made cleaning solutions such as vinegar, milk, lemon or ammonia are also all too acidic. Acidic cleaners can completely destroy the surface of your beautiful marble so please beware.
Use a cleaning product designed specifically for marble floors. A neutral or slightly alkaline stone soap is a great option. Using water alone can make your marble floors look a little dull, so we recommend using a specialized cleaning product for best results.
Don’t Forget This Final Step!
When you’ve cleaned your floor, be sure to dry it off. Use a clean towel or cloth to ensure all liquid is removed.
How to Polish Marble Floors
Nothing beats the beautiful gleam of a freshly polished marble floor. It shows this gorgeous stone off to its best advantage!
Cleaning vs Polishing: What’s the Difference?
First, let’s look at the difference between cleaning and polishing.
To keep your marble floors looking their very best, clean up any spills immediately as detailed above, and undertake a regular cleaning and polishing routine. Depending on usage, most marble floors usually need to be cleaned once or twice weekly. Polishing can be monthly or bi-monthly, then sealing every 6 months.
When you polish the floors, you use a special polishing compound and apply it gradually and evenly across the floor. The polish helps seal the floor and prevent staining–but it wears off over time and usage. Ensure you remove all stains before polishing your floors, as the polish will seal them in. If your marble has been damaged or stained and needs restoration, we can help you with that.
Buffing vs Polishing
In between polishing’s you can use a soft cloth or towel to buff up the appearance of your floor and get that lovely shine back.
The Easiest Way to Clean, Polish and Buff Your Marble Floors
If this all sounds like a lot of work, we would love to make it easy for you–give us a call on 954-578-3600 or request a free quote online. You can even book us to come and clean your marble floors just after your holiday party!