How to Polish Marble Flooring in 5 Simple Steps

how to polish marble flooring

After years of use, marble flooring can become worn-out and marred, causing it to lose its luster. When this occurs, no amount of cleaning can restore your floor’s shine; this is where you need to know how to polish marble flooring.

Thankfully, you can restore the shine of your dirty and damaged marble floor by using high friction diamond abrasives to polish the marble slate.

Polishing marble flooring involves using a broom to clean loose dirt, then a mop for deep cleaning, rinsing and drying the floor, then finally buffing with a marble polish powder.

To polish marble flooring, you will need pieces of equipment such as different sizes of diamond polishing pads and an electric sander. If you are interested in restoring your floor’s beauty, here’s how to polish marble flooring.

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How to Polish Marble Flooring

Step 1

Clean up any loose dirt and debris from the floor using a soft broom, gather the swept-up debris into a pile, and dispose properly into a garbage can.

Pay extra attention to corners or hard-to-reach spaces like underneath furniture where dust and dirt tend to accumulate most. Also, remove any rug or mat so you can access the floor underneath them.

Step 2

For stubborn stains and stuck-on grime, use a damp mop to clean the entire marble floor using figure-eight motions; this removes any dirt that you weren’t able to sweep up.

As you clean, frequently rinse the mop in a bucket of clean water and wring it out when it becomes dirty or dries up.

If your floor is extremely dirty, the mop water becomes dirty very quickly as you rinse out the mop, so dispose of the water whenever it becomes too dirty and refill the bucket with fresh water to prevent reintroducing dirt back to the floor as you mop.

For stubborn stains, apply a homemade poultice to treat them before polishing. Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide with four parts water and enough baking soda to form a paste with a thick consistency.

Apply the paste to the stains and cover with plastic wrap, and tape down the edges down. Allow the paste to sit for 24-48 hours until it is completely dry, then remove it and use a damp cloth to wipe the area clean and dry it off with a clean towel.

The poultice paste will pull out the stain from the porous marble and if the stain persists after the treatment, repeat the process.

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Step 3

Polish the floor with a soap and water solution. Add a few drops of mild liquid dish detergent into a bucket of water with clean water, stir vigorously to combine.

Marble floor is very porous and delicate, so a solution of mild soap and water is all you need to polish the floor by hand. Avoid harsh chemical cleaners as they can damage and dull the finish.

Saturate a sponge with the soapy water, wring out the excess water, so it is just damp and not dripping with soapy water

Buff the floor with the sponge using small circular motions. Apply light pressure as you scrub the floor using small circular or arcing motions, work in small sections and rewet the sponge whenever needed until you have cleaned the entire floor with the soap solution.

For stubborn stains that you can’t remove with the sponge, you can go in with a soft-bristled brush and scrub the stain more vigorously.

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Step 4

Rinse the floor with clean, warm water but do so cautiously so that you do not over-saturate the floor with moisture as you rinse away any soap residue.

Step 5

Dry the floor using soft clean towels such as a microfiber cloth or chamois, wipe up the water from the floor using circular motions; this removes any remaining soap residue and also polishes the marble surface.

Step 6

To remove scratches, buff your marble floor with polishing powder. Sprinkle a small amount of marble polishing powder on scratches or scuffs and use a clean damp cloth to buff in the powder using circular motions.

Use another clean damp cloth to wipe the marble clean, then dry it with a fresh cloth. Only make use of a polishing powder that is suitable for marble.

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Having covered tips on how to polish marble floors, ensure that the space or room being polished is ventilated.

To polish marble flooring, you would need a few tools and a polishing product; polishing restores the shine and luster of marble flooring, which diminishes as the floor becomes worn out, scratched, or dented.

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