How To Clean Marble Floors

You've moved into a new apartment or house which has delicate stone surfaces and you don't know how to clean marble floors or you've upgraded your home with stone, quartz, granite, or marble and you want to protect your investment. So, what's the best way to clean and maintain your new delicate surfaces?

Goals: First off, let's set out a few goals to keep in mind when it comes to your delicate surfaces:

  1. Eliminate dust, dirt, and grime
  2. Reduce excessive wear, tear, and scratching during cleaning
  3. Remove water marks and streaks
  4. Leave no lint behind

The Cure: Microfiber and delicate surfaces are a perfect match. When cleaning stone surfaces with microfiber, you achieve delicate cleaning that limits residual water marks and leaves little or no lint.

Lint and Dirt: 90% of the time when cleaning marble or stone surfaces, we are only picking up lint and dust, which means there isn't a need for any liquids. In such instances, we use a dry microfiber towel -- this is frequent for on our mantel, counter top, and up-high bathroom areas. For delicate floor surfaces we use our microfiber mop. This is all we need to quickly remove all dust, lint and thin films of filth.

For Floors with more than Lint and Dirt: If the surface calls for a more thorough cleaning, perhaps from spills, water marks, etc, we generally start by sweeping away any large grains of sand or dirt that might scratch the surface during cleaning, then we get in there with a wet microfiber towel or mop pad. Advice about the liquid solution you use:

Do NOT use acidic, or alkaline chemicals such as vinegar, ammonia, lemon juice, rubbing alcohol, or typical harsh bathroom tile scrubbing solutions for delicate stones. Over time these chemicals corrode your delicates, eating away at the seal or clearcoat, reducing shine and exposing some surfaces to moisture damage.
DO use hot water and a bit of gentle non-abrasive dish soap. So, that's it .. hot soapy water? Pretty much -- and honestly a bit light on the soap side. Anything more than a little will increase residual streaking.

To get started, simply saturate a microfiber pad with hot soapy water and get to scrubbing the stone. Since the microfiber is itself very delicate and will not scratch your surface or cause excess wear, we can apply a fair amount of pressure, enough to know that we are lifting the dirt and stains from the surface.

Remember, ALWAYS remove dirt, sand, and particles before scrubbing as they will scratch your delicates when you are cleaning. Microfiber can not protect you from the sand that gets stuck in the fibers. After a good scrub, we then wring out our microfiber and saturate the microfiber with only hot water and no soap.

Using our clean mop, we begin removing the soapy solution that remains from the scrubbing stage. If some soap residue remains, repeat the clean water step. Now we go in with a dry microfiber pad and lift as much of the of the moisture as we can. Then, waiting a few minutes for any remaining moisture to dry, and -- with a completely dry microfiber towel or mop pad -- we buff the surface with a back and forth motion. This removes any residual water stains and streaks, leaving the surface clean and shining like new. At this point some people will apply a special sealing coat or wax to their delicates.

We prefer to rely on maintaining the natural look of the stone and protecting its initial seal. If your marble is worn out, you may consider a thin application of a wax, such as carnauba wax. Enjoy your beautify surfaces and protect their value!