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By Lorrie Browne

Marble is not only a great looking stone, it is also extremely durable. Marble floors and countertops can cost a significant amount of money so you want to make sure you take proper care of them. Taking special care of this type of stone can be challenging but if the marble is very well taken care of, the shine it brings can make any room even more elegant.

When cleaning marble floors, certain factors should be taken into consideration. Keep in mind that marble floors are made from porous materials similar to a sponge. The marble soaks up any type of liquid poured onto it. That is why any acidic compound used to clean marble is a definite no, no. Using acid to clean marble can destroy the shine it has. The acid can go under the buffed polish and may create cracks until the marble becomes lifeless.

It is best to look for a mild cleaner that will be totally suitable for cleaning marble floors and occasional spills such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, wine, and milk. A neutral PH level 7 type of mild cleaner can be used on a regular basis. However, if you are going to clean extremely dirty marble floors, use a high alkaline cleaning product. Use this with extreme care and not too often since regular use can permanently leave a mark on your marbled floors.

Here are some tools that you should have on hand for regular cleaning of your marble floors: a soft bristle broom, a dust mop, a sponge mop, plain mild dish detergent, water, terrycloth towels or dry paper towels. All of these tools will assist you when doing your regular cleaning.

Sweep up the floor to get rid of the dust and grime. Then mop it with a sponge mop dipped in clean water. Get rid of as much water as possible from the sponge and continually mop the floor. Apply soap evenly with the use of the dish detergent and wash it off with water. Be sure that no more soap residue is present. Use the towels to dry the floor and dry paper towels to bring back its shine.

If you have a stubborn stain that just won't go away no matter how what you do. Then you can use a stain remover as a last option. Do not use a stain remover on a regular basis since this can cause permanent harm to your marble floors. Again, just make sure that the products you use do not contain acid because this can seriously harm your marble.

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