Marble is one of the most luxurious-looking stones that give your area a great look.
Marble tile floors need to be maintained regularly though to bring out its excellent appearance and condition. You have to know the right way of scraping off dirt to avoid damage and nasty looking scratches and marks. Follow these quick and easy steps.
What You Need to Know about Marble
Marble has a wide array of colors and is also very durable. Most marble stones are actually transformed limestone that has aged due to a lot of water, pressure and heat. Compared to other stones, marble is very porous which explains why it easily acquires dirt, stains and watermarks and needs to be maintained every now and then. Although it is durable in a lot of ways, it cannot tolerate some cleaning methods that make use of strong chemicals and agents.
You need to know the right materials to use to avoid damaging your marble tile floor when trying to scrape off dirt. Wrong cleaning methods can actually do more harm than good. Scraping off dirt also requires some knowledge and skill or you risk scratching and chipping the material.
The Scraping Process
Gather all the essential instruments for cleaning. You will need a chamois cloth, a mop, a bucket of lukewarm water, a super-thin metal scraper, very fine sandpaper, stone sealer and marble polisher. It will be more convenient to start working from one side of the room moving across the other so that you won’t miss any marble tile.
Start cleaning one tile at a time then finishing one row before moving on to the next. Dip the chamois cloth in the bucket of lukewarm water then wring. Wipe one marble tile entirely. Make sure the tile is moist enough but not wet. The warm temperature of the water will help soften dirt for easier removal.
Take the super-thin metal scraper then position the edge 45 degrees at one end of the marble tile. Apply some weight by pressing down on the scraper surface with your fingers then scrape across in one swift smooth stroke. Remember to scrape along the grain of the marble and never against it or you’ll surely scratch the surface.
Scrape in thorough single strokes moving from one side across. If there seems to be some dirt that’s hard to remove, do not grind the scraper against the spot. Take the fine sandpaper, fold it and use the folded end to do one short firm stroke on the dirt. It’s recommended to keep sandpaper strokes as short as possible. Always sand along the grain of the tile.
After scraping, dry the tile with the chamois cloth. Use a stone sealer for cracks and other nasty marks that may have resulted from scraping. When you’re done with the entire marble tile floor, mop the whole place then polish for a clean and elegant effect.