How to Clean an Old, Dirty Marble Floor

How to Clean an Old, Dirty Marble Floor

Marble tile, shiny and durable, provides a lasting alternate to linoleum, ceramic, wood and carpeted floors. However, like all natural stone, you need to clean marble carefully and regularly to reduce sediment and staining. If you’ve moved into a house with an old, dirty marble flooring, you don’t need to rip up the tile and start again. Deep cleaning and polishing can bring back the shine, and you’re able to remove tough stains with a poultice.

Sweep or dry mop the floor to remove surface dust and dirt.

Mix 3 tablespoons baking soda along with a generous squirt of dishwashing liquid to 1 gallon of warm water. As an alternative, use a commercial stone cleaner.

Fill a bucket with water.

Dip a soft fabric, nonabrasive sponge or soft-bristled scrub brush into the soapy water and scrub the ground. Wash the sponge or brush often in the plain water, emptying and refilling the container once the water becomes dirty.

Measure 1 cup diatomaceous earth, plaster, powdered white chalk or talc. Add water into the powder, stirring constantly, until the paste is the consistency of cake frosting.

Wet the stained area with distilled water, and spread a thick layer of poultice paste over stains.

Cover every single stain with plastic wrap, and tape all the way around the edge with masking tape.

Leave the poultice on until dry, approximately 24 to 48 hours.

Remove the plastic wrap and wipe the poultice away with a moist cloth or sponge.

Employ a commercial stone sealant according to the package directions.

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