The monsoon brings with it a fresh, washed feel, but it is not really the best time of the year for your flooring, particularly your marble floors. The reason is, rainwater is slightly acidic in nature, and this acid content is likely to cause ugly discoloration to your marble floors.
But before you start second guessing your choice of marble floors, know that marble is the most durable flooring you can opt for. It doesn’t chip easily, and can withstand weight; it has a timeless appeal too! To keep your marble looking fresh and beautiful, this article is going to talk about ways to prevent discoloration and damage to our marble floors this monsoon!
No Acid Please
This is the number one rule of caring for your marble. Anything acidic will mar the beauty of marble. It is very important to use a pH neutral cleaning solution. Ammonia and water is a great home-made solution for regular cleaning of marble. Mix ammonia to water in the ratio of 1:5 and mop your marble floors with it. During monsoon you should make it a point to mop your floors with this mixture as often as possible, at least once a day.
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Use a specially formulated solution that is made for marble
Apart from the daily cleaning of marble, whenever you notice that there is a spill, or an umbrella has been carelessly left to dry on your marble floor, you could use a formulated stone cleaner to mop the area up. Always look for a formulated marble cleaner that mentions that it is safe for use on marble surfaces. Roff Cera Clean Is a specially formulated solution to clean marble floors, and I recommend that you try it out.
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Clean spills and leaks immediately
Spills are inevitable. Especially when you entertain in the monsoons, ensure that any spills are wiped clean immediately. Otherwise, there is a chance that the acid in the liquid will cause discoloration, or dull the surface of the marble floor. Marble gets slippery too when it is wet. So that’s another reason you should be watchful and clean spills quickly.
Use a marble sealer before the monsoons set in
A marble sealer will form a protective barrier on the marble, thus making it harder for water and acid to seep through and cause stains and discoloration. Also, use a sealer between the marble and its adjacent surfaces. Sometimes even if your marble is dry, the adjacent wall could be at risk of seepage and leakage during the monsoons, and a sealer will ensure that your marble is safe despite it.
Polish your marble soon after the monsoons
Every few years call in professionals to polish your marble floors. Polishing brings the shine back on your marble, and it also decreases the absorbent nature of the stone. Polishing is temporary and your floor will look dull again after some time, but it is worth doing it once every few years as soon as the wet season ends.
Other tips when caring for marble
- Always use a soft cloth for cleaning
- Warm or hot water is preferable to using cold water when you clean marble floors.
- In the monsoons, ensure that you keep door-mats, foot-mats and rugs handy at your entryway so that dirt and stray drops are not carried in when you walk into your home. Also make a practise of removing footwear at the door, especially during the monsoons.
The timeless beauty of a marble floor only increases with age, if you maintain and care for it year after year. The small effort it takes for maintenance is worth it, because marble is hardy and durable, and with its intrinsic beauty, it is a wonderful choice of flooring.