More and more homeowners are turning to marble tiles to add elegance their homes. If your marble tiles are unsealed, unpolished, or stained, you need tile restoration. Although marble is hard, it is porous and so can become discolored easily by liquids or acids. Foot traffic also takes its toll on marble tiles, too. The sealer can also become ineffective after a period of time. For a quick guide to marble tile restoration, let’s look at some tips below.
1: Clean the Stains
Soak a mop in warm water and then use it to remove stains, dirt, and grime. Allow the floor to dry. Old stains such as wine, coffee, and acids are more difficult to remove. To remove these stains, use baking powder and water to make a poultice. Apply the poultice to the stained area and leave it overnight. The poultice will pull the stains from the pores. When morning comes, use a mop to remove the poultice and allow the floor to dry. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the floor afterward.
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Since stains vary, there are many types of chemicals available on the market to treat different stains. Stains that are organic and natural, as well as drinks and tea, can be removed by using a solution of ammonia mixed with peroxide (20%). Apply the solution to the stain and allow it to dry. You can then use a dampened wet cloth to clean the area thoroughly and then leave it to dry.
Oily stains caused by cream, lotion, butter, or similar products can be treated with cornstarch. Apply the cornstarch to the stain and leave it there for a couple of minutes. Afterward, you can use a brush and some soapy cleaning agent on the area. Dry the area instantly after you have washed the stains.
2: Polish the Marble
The next tip in restoring your marble floors is polishing the stones so as to create a new look. Polishers for marble tiles are available in several forms. There are some mixtures which can be used on the surface of the tiles. For marble tiles that require heavy polishing, you should use a diamond marble polisher. It’s an abrasive tool that can be rented from a store. However, this polisher has the ability to remove thin layers of marble so that scratches and other irregularities are removed. This particular polisher can give the marble tiles a shiny new look.
A marble sealer is optional. However, if you want to protect your marble tiles from products that cause stains, you have to apply sealing. Sealers will last for two years or more, but this is dependent on the amount of traffic the floor receives. Choose sealers carefully because some will discolor your floor. Seek expert advice if you’ll be using a sealer. Choose products on the market that are highly recommended.
While restoration is necessary for your marble tiles, ensure that you clean your floor often. Cleaning immediately after a spill will minimize the restoration process. Avoid spilling acids on marble tiles. Also, avoid using cleaning products like, vinegar, salt, and lemon juice to clean marble tiles because they can cause damage to the stone.