Marble Cleaning Services:
Our marble cleaning typically involves a intensive cleaner that is very affective, but very gentle on the stone. We are very careful not to get the stone too wet, because any floor can be water logged or flooded. This is very important because water and soap can hurt or damage your floor by penetrating too deep.
There are alot of other companies that will use surface cleaners which is basically a pressure washer with a vacuum. These machines often open up the pores on soft stones, and for that reason we don't recommend using that on your specialty floor.
These machines use between 1200-1800psi at 3 gallons per minute, that is way to much water hitting the floor with to much pressure. The vacuum does not stop the water from penetrating the floor and opening up the pours.
Let me give you example that you might understand: If you have ever pressure washed your driveway or concrete you would have noticed little particles of sand all over you and everything around you. Now we can think that it's dirt but the truth is that it's prat of the concrete and you are opening up the pours. Thats why after cleaning your concrete it gets dirtier fater and faster unless you seal it. this will happen to your marble the same way.
Marble Maintenance Services:
Once you have your marble floors done by a professional, the floors should last about 1-4 years depending on traffic and if the floor was sealed correctly. We recommend getting your floors done as needed in that window, and never wait longer than the recommended 4 years.
Types of Marble Finishes
Marble tiles have become more and more popular in home flooring, walls, backslpash, pavers, and around the pool. All travertine can look uniquely different due to their different finishes. Some of the most popular finishes are polished (a mirror like shine), tumbled (rough), Brushed (worn or textured suface), or honed (matte). Your Texas Floor technician will be able to successfully identify which type of travertine you have and can further advise you on how to clean to it's maximum potential. Each marble is different, and they varry on color, durability, porosity, and density depending on the quarry that it came from. No two marbles are the same so be cautious when a company has a "one size fits all" answer to your floor cleaning plan.
Mistakes We See When Cleaning Marble
Cleaning marble requires special tools, chemicals, sealers, and protectants to prevent scratching, etching, and permanent staining. If your professional DOES NOT have the right tools, chemicals and expertise he could create a scenario for some fairly significant damage to your marble stone. CAUTION: never clean marble with cleaning products containing lemon, bleach vinegar, or any type of acidic products. Also never use scouring creams and powders. These types of products will etch or scratchmarble floors and cause costly marble restoration services to your budget. Also NEVER clean with high alkaline cleaner as they break down the sealer leaving your floors vulnerable to water stains, etch marks, and other stains. We also NEVER Recommend using using OxiClean or Mr.Clean Magic Eraser as a cleaner on any type of natural stone. OxiClean and Mr. Clean Magic Eraser have many beneficial uses but using it to clean your marble is NOT one of them. All our clients receive a comprehansive Stone Care Guide that address these issues.
The next biggest mistake we see people make is that either home owners or their professional marble cleaner will use a generic sealer from the local hardware store that leaves the floor with a sticky residue. The reason for that is because your polished, tumbled or honed marble has various different porosities. You will need a sealer that correctly matches your marble type.