Cleaning Marble Floor Tiles – Stain Removal Process

This article is designed to provide information on the best way or method to cleaning marble floor tiles of stains. It also addresses what the most common types of stains that occur on marble floor tiles and what products to cleaning marble floor tiles.

The key to a stain free marble floor tile is to remove the stain or soil as soon as possible. This will eliminate the majority of the problems of staining the marble floor. As soon as a spill on the marble floor is seen, use a soft absorbent cloth or paper towel to blot the spill up. Try your best not to rub the spill. Blotting prevents from spreading the spill making it a bigger stain. After blotting up the spill, proceed cleaning marble floor tiles by rinsing with clear water and blot up with a paper towel or clean cloth. Repeat a second time if necessary. If the spill is leaving a residue on the marble which appears as a stain, mix a mild detergent such a neutral pH floor cleaner or even dishwashing detergent like Dawn and water and apply to the floor. Allow the detergent solution to sit on the spill residue for 5 minutes making sure to keep the area moist during the 5 minute dwell time. Gently scrub with a microfiber cloth. Rinse with clear water and blot dry with clean cloth or paper towels. If the stain still exists, the cleaning process will need to be modified as described below.

As described in prior articles on cleaning marble floor tiles, marble is extremely porous and can readily accept stains. There is several ways to assist in reducing the chance of damaging marble floors during the cleaning process.

If you are interested in how to clean marble floors for commercial daily cleaning, please click on the link for a prior article written on this topic (Cleaning Marble Floors – Commercial–Steps for Daily Cleaning Unsealed Marble)or for residential marble routine floor cleaning please review a prior article by clicking on this link (How to Clean Marble Floors – Routine or Daily Cleaning – Residential).

 

Cleaning Marble Floor Tiles – Stain Types and Stain Removal

 

Watermarks

Perhaps the most common stain on marble floor tiles are water marks. But they maybe the easiest to clean because they can be burnished out with using an extra fine grade of steel wool, such as a triple zero (000) or four zero (0000) to manually burnish (buff) the stain out. This method can also remove slight scratches from the marble.

Natural or Organic – Food and Beverage stains as well as Pet and Animal Stains

These types of stain will leave a light red, pink or brown color to the stained area. Again the use of a quality spray and wipe heavy-duty cleaner such as Fantastik or Formula 409 can remove the stain, be sure to rinse after cleaning and dry with an absorbent cloth. A heavy solution of Hydrogen Peroxide can be used but it needs to be heavier concentrated solution of Hydrogen Peroxide such as the strength used in hair bleaching.

Petroleum – Make-Up, Grease, Oil, etc.

These types of stain will leave a dark stain and should be removed with a heavy-duty water based cleaner degreaser such Fantastik or Formula 409. Other household cleaners can be used but these types of spray and wipe heavy-duty cleaners are designed to remove oil base soils. Acetone can also be tried but can be a little over-powering from the vapors and fumes. Be sure when using solvents like acetone that the area is ventilated.

Rust or Metal - Rust Stains are most common

Rust stains can be removed with a poultice and cleaning chemical. A poultice allows the cleaning chemical be worked on the stain for a prolong period of time, even over night and works deep into the pores of the marble.

 

 

Cleaning Marble Floor Tiles – Best Method to Remove Stains

As discussed earlier and in prior articles on marble floor cleaning, marble is porous and is susceptible to stains and damage from harsh cleaning products. It is recommended that you consider the following tips to assist in reducing the risk of staining and damage.

  • Use a neutral base pH cleaner (7.0 – 10.0) or quality water based cleaner degreaser that is designed for cleaning marble floor tiles. and cleaners designed for marble cleaning
     
  • Use a new innovation – the “That’s Amazing” Cleaning Pad from Unichem Marketing, Inc. for cleaning marble floor tiles and other Marble Surfaces. It is soft and a green cleaning product that will deliver high quality results without risk of damage of marble. See below for additional information on this product.
     
  • Always clean up spills, spots and stains as soon as possible.
     
  • Never use acid base products for cleaning. These include acid base bowl cleaners, most rust removers, vinegar, lemon juice, etc.
     
  • Baking Soda can use as a cleaning agent for marble floors and marble surfaces. Using the Unichem “That’s Amazing” Cleaning Pad with baking Soda will deliver tremendous results.
     
  • Making a poultice to use on difficult stains are easy and some are already available pre-made and can be purchased in hardware stores or made from scratch. A poultice material that can be used is a disposable baby diaper. It is absorbent and will retain and hold the moisture of the cleaning chemical. The edges are then taped to the marble floor and which seals it from drying out during the extended cleaning chemical dwell time.

 

Cleaning Marble Floor Tiles – Marble Cleaning Products Websites
 

DuPont Stone Tech

Marble Institute of America

Unichem Marketing, Inc.  – New Innovative Product – “That’s Amazing” Cleaning Pad

Telephone: 708-296-7408 ; unichem@sbcglobal.net

2 Responses to “Cleaning Marble Floor Tiles – Stain Removal Process”

  1. steve jones says:

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