How to Keep Marble Floors Shiny

Marble is not only one of the most durable kinds of flooring materials, it is also one of the stateliest. To preserve the glory of a marble floor, it is essential to keep it shiny. A high level of foot traffic can eventually wear away the luster and cause the floor to become dull. Here are a few basic ways you can keep your marble floors looking shiny and new.

  1. Seal your marble floors with a stone sealer. All new marble floors should be sealed. Reapply sealant once a year. There is a wide range of sealant applications available. Apply the sealant according to the manufacturer's directions. Always test a tiny bit of the sealant in a hidden area to make sure it does not discolor the marble.
  2. Clean your marble floors regularly. Use a cleaner with a neutral pH. Acidic cleaners such as lemon or vinegar-based cleaners can make the stone deteriorate. One part ammonia to five parts warm water is a good solution for cleaning. Clean the floors with a mop that is dampened, not soaked, with the solution. Too much water floating on the surface of the floor will stain your floor with water spots.
  3. Dust mop your marble floors frequently to prevent dust and dirt from penetrating the stone and building up.
  4. Clean any spills on the floor as soon as possible. Letting liquids rest on the surface of the floor (especially acidic drinks) can cause staining and deterioration.
  5. Use rugs, carpets or rubber footings under furniture to prevent scratching.
  6. Hire a professional floor finisher to periodically polish your floor. A professional will sand out scratches on the surface and use a stone polishing machine to bring back a mirror-like finish.

Things You Will Need

  • Marble floor sealer
  • Ammonia
  • Wet mop
  • Dust mop

About the Author

Mason Howard is an artist and writer in Minneapolis. Howard's work has been published in the "Creative Quarterly Journal of Art & Design" and "New American Paintings." He has also written for art exhibition catalogs and publications. Howard's recent writing includes covering popular culture, home improvement, cooking, health and fitness. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota.