Cleaning Marble Floors – Commercial–Steps for Daily Cleaning Unsealed Marble

The objective of this article is to provide the Commercial Market with a simple and easy step by step cleaning process to cleaning unsealed or uncoated marble floors. As with all cleaning, successful cleaning is a combination of quality, chemicals, tools and supplies. This is also true for cleaning marble floors but even more important for cleaning marble floors in commercial buildings and facilities. The following cleaning procedures are a guide line and for the most part can be applied for cleaning marble floors in residences.

If the marble has been coated with a floor finish, wax, polish or sealer, the Daily cleaning procedure would be the same with the exception of using a general purpose floor cleaner as the cleaning agent.

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 (Clean Marble Floors – Best Routine Cleaning Methods – Residential).

 

Cleaning Marble Floors– What is a Marble Floor?

It is a mined from the Earth and is a flooring that is basically limestone which under millions of years while under extreme heat is packed tightly into a crystalline compound (stone). There are many various colors of marble. The color variations of the marble and its veins (Lines and Marks) are a result of different minerals that have seeped into the limestone reacting in the crystalline process over the eons.

The interesting aspect of marble floors, knowing how to clean and maintain terrazzo, granite, travertine and other quarried (mined) stone flooring, you know how to clean and maintain marble floors. It can be cleaned with water based cleaners and can but does not have to be coated with a floor finish (wax) or seal. The choice is up to the person’s personal preference.

Another process in maintaining marble floors is a process called crystallization. It is normally a very labor intensive process and costly for the supplies, chemicals and the tools to perform this process. But the results can be tremendous and in many cases if the marble floor is damaged, this process also can restore the marble’s appearance. We will cover this process in a future article. For the purposes in this article, we will cover basic cleaning of marble floors.

 

Cleaning Marble Floors – Untreated or Unsealed Marble Commercial Step by Step Procedures

 

Cleaning Marble Floors – Daily Cleaning Procedures

  • Set up: Wet Floor Signs or Barricade area being cleaned with Caution Tape. If entrance matting is removable, unload soil from entrance matting. If not, utilize a dry vacuum procedure to remove the loose soil from the matting.
     
  • Dry Cleaning: Dust mop floor with untreated dust mop to remove most of the surface dust. However, if microfiber dust mops are available, they are the recommended tool for this procedure. Remove gum and other debris adhered to the floor with a Blunt Plastic Scraper.
     
  • Wet Cleaning Procedure: Manual or Power Machine Cleaning
     

    1. Manual Cleaning: Damp mop entire floor using a mop and bucket method. Best practice would be if using a mop to use a quality microfiber flat mop system. A quality microfiber system will deliver high performance results with this cleaning procedure. Use professional grade Stone or Marble Floor Cleaner according to label directions. Remove black marks and scuffs with light duty white pad or tennis ball.
      Inspect floor after it has dried. Remove wet floor signs after the floor has been thoroughly dry.
       
    2. Power Equipment Cleaning: Mix a professional grade Marble cleaner according to label directions and clear potable water in the automatic scrubber’s solution tank. Using the automatic scrubber equipped with red or white floor pads and clear potable water in the solution tank, make one single pass with the automatic scrubber, with floor pads down, solution valve half open, squeegee down and vacuum on, pick-up the solution thoroughly.
      Inspect floor after it has dried. Remove wet floor signs after the floor has been thoroughly dry.

 

Cleaning Marble Floors- Quality Cleaner, Equipment and Tools

Always remember that marble is porous and can accept stains very easily. So it is highly recommended to use a cleaner that is designed for use with marble or stone floors. These types of marble and stone cleaners are formulated without dyes or color and are normally neutral pH in the 7.0 to 9.0 range. This is important to assist in preventing stains and damage to the stone or marble floor. This especially true with lighter color marble floors.

 

Cleaning Marble Floors – Commercial Facilities (Stores and Buildings)

It is recommended that commercial buildings use commercial grade marble and/or stone cleaners, tools and equipment. Best practices include the following.

  • Dust Mopping: Microfiber System – Disposables and Reusable Pads are available
  • Manual Equipment: Microfiber Flat Mop System – Handle and Bucket with Wringer
  • Power Equipment: Automatic Scrubber or Single Disc Machine
  • Cleaner: Professional Grade Stone or Marble Floor Cleaning Chemical
  • Floor Pads: Red or White Cleaning Pads
  • Safety Equipment: Wet Floor Signs, Gloves, Goggles, boots, etc.

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