Caring For Stone Floors

Highly polished marble and granite floors create an elegant, upscale atmosphere. Sadly, in heavily trafficked areas, the polish can wear off. The options for maintaining your polished marble and granite floor fall into three broad categories:

  1. Have a professional restore the polished marble or granite finish periodically, as necessary. This approach will keep one’s stone looking new.
  2. Use sealers to maintain the finish on marble or granite surfaces. Be sure to select sealers and waxes with caution, as they may contain ingredients which could dull or stain the floor. Before application, clean the floor with soapy water and let it air dry. Apply two coats of sealer in quick succession, using sealer brushes or pump sprayers. After 30 minutes, remove the excess sealer with a dry cloth. Clean the stone daily with a solution of soap and water and use a high-speed buffer to clean it thoroughly once a month.
  3. Periodically clean the surface with a water-detergent mixture, applying no sealers or finishes. The highly-polished marble will eventually develop a low-luster finish or a patina.
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