There are some specific care and maintenance considerations for marble and granite flooring that you should be aware of:
Marble is a porous stone, which means that it can absorb liquids and stains easily. Therefore, it’s important to clean up spills as soon as possible to prevent them from penetrating the surface of the stone. Avoid using acidic or harsh cleaners on marble, as they can etch the surface and cause damage. Instead, use a mild soap and water solution or a specialized marble cleaner.
Granite, on the other hand, is less porous than marble and is generally more resistant to stains and scratches. However, it’s still important to clean up spills promptly and avoid using abrasive cleaners or scouring pads that can scratch the surface. Instead, use a gentle cleaner and a soft cloth or mop to clean the surface of the stone.
Both marble and granite should be sealed regularly to protect them from stains and damage. The frequency of sealing will depend on the type and quality of the sealant, as well as the amount of foot traffic and wear and tear on the flooring. A reputable installer or stone care professional can advise you on the best type of sealant to use and how often to apply it.
In addition to regular cleaning and sealing, it’s important to avoid placing heavy or sharp objects on marble and granite flooring, as they can cause cracks or chips. Use felt pads or coasters under furniture legs to protect the flooring, and avoid walking on the surface with high heels or shoes with sharp or abrasive soles.
By following these care and maintenance guidelines, you can ensure that your marble or granite flooring looks beautiful and lasts for many years to come.