The natural beauty of marble shines with a high polish finish but in heavy traffic areas, the gloss of marble flooring can dull. You can restore the shine yourself, or by hiring a professional marble floor polisher. Below we’ll discuss how to polish Marble floors and when to speak to a professional.
How to Polish your Marble Floors
Achieving a high shine on your marble floor is simple in just a few steps.
- Vacuum the floor and shake out your mop. It’s important to make sure that there is no grit or gravel on the floor or in your mop, as this can cause scratches as you work.
- Clean the floor by mopping or wiping the area with water and a mild cleaner to deal with any marks or stains.
- Apply a Marble floor polishing solution to add shine. Ensure you’re using an appropriate cleaner and polish as abrasive cleaners can damage the marble.
It’s important to note that marble can be damaged by acids (even vinegar or lemon juice) as well as abrasive cleaners so it’s important to use an appropriate cleaner and polish.
Equipment for polishing a floor
You can polish a floor by hand, rubbing the polish in with a soft cloth and developing the shine with a buffing pad, but this is labour intensive. Using a polishing or cleaning machine is quick and simple, but these can be costly to rent or buy. Instead, you may want to use a marble cleaner for day-to-day touch-ups, and hire a professional team for occasional deep cleans.
Professional Marble Floor Polishing
A professional crew will be able to deal with more stubborn stains, as well as restoring your shine. Typically, a professional marble floor polisher will work over several hours, as certain polishes and stain removers need time to act. In some cases, the process may take a day or require 24 hours to cure. This is usually to create a protective coat over the marble surface.
Using marble floor polishing machines, professional teams work quickly and effectively, so they’re a good choice for busy families. The action of the machine can replace the use of harsh chemicals, so if you have allergies or health concerns do ask about the polishing methods used.
Dealing with Major Damage
Marble is a tough natural material, and can last decades or centuries. Unlike carpet, laminate or vinyl, marble slabs are made of the same material all the way through. This means that they can’t wear through, as carpet does, exposing an under layer. This is a great advantage as it means that in cases where significant damage occurs, it’s usually possible to strip the top layer of stone away, revealing a fresh, beautiful layer beneath.
Typically this stripping process only involves removing a few millimetres of stone and is finished with a professional polish. If your stone floor has significant scuffs, marks, chips or stains, we can help. It’s a particularly useful option for those dealing with a period building. Many old buildings have beautiful stone floors, and marble floor polishing can restore their natural lustre.