How to Restore Marble Floors
Restoring a marble floor serves two purposes: to clean the floor and restore the luster. However, extreme caution must be taken when working with marble because it is very porous and delicate. With that in mind, using chemicals of any sort to restore the marble floor is ill advised.
Clean the floor with warm water. Use a sponge mop to do this, as a sponge mop is less likely to damage the marble floor that a cotton mop.
Remove stains from the floor. You can use a mixture of ½ cup hydrogen peroxide in six cups of water to do this. Dip a sponge in the mixture and gently rub the stain.
Hone the floor. To do this, use a 600 grit sandpaper to wet-sand the floor. This means that you must keep the floor and sandpaper wet at all times. This is done to simply remove surface imperfections. If the floor is heavily used, this may be the only way you can fully restore the floor.
Buff the floor using a buffing pad on a floor buffer. This will smooth the surface of the marble and begin to create a shiny finish. However, this alone won't create a mirror like finish.
Polish the floors using a polishing pad attached to a floor buffer. This will bring out the luster in the marble.
- Avoid crystallizing the marble flooring. This is a treatment that uses chemicals and steel wool to give the floors a mirror finish. However, this process can irreversibly damage the marble.
Casey Holley is a medical writer who began working in the health and fitness industries in 1995, while still in high school. She has worked as a nutrition consultant and has written numerous health and wellness articles for various online publications. She has also served in the Navy and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in health administration from the University of Phoenix.