Tiling is not an inexpensive exercise, so why not protect your investment:
About Marble Tiles
Marble is created by the re-crystallization of Limestone, plus heating, pressure, and the addition of other organic elements which result in the creation of a new form of stone. Marble Tiles are more susceptible to abrasion than vitrified tiles. Of the natural Stone Tiles, the hardness of marble falls approximately halfway between granite (the hardest) and limestone (the softest). Marble Tiles need to be kept grit free to prevent scratching and damaging the surface of the tile. Polished Marble Tiles may lose their sheen under constant foot traffic and require repolishing.
Cleaning Marble Tiles
Marble Tiles require regular cleaning with a PH neutral cleaner. Do not use bleach based or acid based products as these will damage the surface of the tile resulting in etching and / or staining. Light etching may possibly be minimised or removed by a professional, but heavy etching is likely to result in permanent damage to the tile. Tiles with a rough or textured surface may benefit from the use of a doodlebug rather than a mop for a more effective clean.
Common Cleaning Mistakes
Using the wrong cleaning products – too harsh a chemical or too abrasive a cleaner.
Using too much product – dilute as per instructions, more is NOT better.
Applying too much water to the surface / flooding the area.
Not changing the water or cleaning solution often enough.
Not finishing with a rinse to remove any cleaner / chemical residue.
Leaving residual moisture on the floors – make sure to dry mop, wet vac or dry with an old towel or rag so that there is no residual moisture left on the floors (especially in the grout joints).
Sealing Marble Tiles
Act NOW to Protect Your Marble Tiles & Grout…. Sealing of Marble Tiles is necessary to protect them from premature decay and contamination, ie, oil, grease and dirt. Even old Marble Tiles and grout can be cleaned and resealed to give them back a new lease of life! Marble Tiles are porous, matt finish more so than highly polished. They should be sealed (using a penetrating sealer only) after laying, and then approx once every 7-10 years. Sealing your Marble tiles and grout provides reaction time to deal with spills, except in the case of acid based spills which will begin to damage the surface of the tile (etch) immediately. At Total TileCare we strongly recommend that any newly laid Marble Tiles and grout be sealed immediately so that the area gains the full benefit of the protection.
Prevent unsightly stains
Keep your tiled floors looking better for longer
Grout is a porous product and should always be sealed. Once discoloured, regrouting is the best option for renewing grout between porous tiles.