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How to Fix a Cloudy Marble Floor

Marble floors are recognized for their varying hues, natural elegance and overall aesthetic appeal. Exposure to harsh cleaning products can generate chemical reactions that slightly etch marble floor finishes. Etching causes marble floor surfaces to develop a dull, cloudy haze. The longer this white haze remains on marble surfaces, the more difficult it is to remove. Promptly treat etched marble floors to preserve their appearance and longevity. Fortunately, some basic supplies and techniques can effectively fix a cloudy marble floor.

Etching can ruin a marble floor's appearance.

Step 1

Dry-mop the floor with a dust mop to remove all loose dust, dirt and grime. 


Step 2

Fill a mop pail with cool water.  Wet the cloudy area of the floor with the water, using a sponge mop.


Step 3

Sprinkle marble polishing powder over the wet marble.  Follow the manufacturer’s directions on the product’s label.


Step 4

Dampen a clean microfiber cloth with cool water.  Buff the marble with a damp cloth, using circular motions.

Rub the powder into the marble until the etching disappears.  Frequently rinse the cloth with fresh water to prevent reapplying grime to the marble.


Step 5

Refill the mop pail with fresh water.  Mop the floor with the water to rinse away any residue.


Step 6

Dry the floor with a clean terrycloth towel.  Remove all moisture from the marble.

Things You Will Need

  • Dust mop
  • Mop pail
  • Cool water
  • Sponge mop
  • Marble polishing powder
  • Clean microfiber cloth
  • Clean terrycloth towel

About the Author

April Dowling first started writing in high school and has written many news articles for newspaper and yearbook publications. She is currently pursuing a career as an online writer and affiliate marketer. Dowling writes for several websites and keeps many blogs.

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