A Closer Look At Common Problems With Marble Flooring

With a reputation of luxury and a durability that far outlasts any other flooring type, marble is definitely one flooring choice that is well worth the investment. However, marble flooring does not come without its pitfalls. With age and time, you can start to see some problems show up, even if you follow the proper maintenance routine to the letter. Many of the issues can be tackled with stone flooring resurfacing products or by a resurfacing contractor, but it is helpful to get to know the common issues with marble flooring so you know what route to take to make your marble flooring look as good as new.

Your marble flooring is constantly developing a white powdery residue.

Marble may be one of the densest stone materials, but it is still minimally porous nevertheless. Therefore, if the floor is exposed to a high level of moisture or water, either during cleaning or due to flooding, you could start to see a white powdery substance known as effervescence show up on the floor's surface. Effervescence is caused by the deposit of minerals as water evaporates. Your initial reaction may be to mop the floor with water to clean up the residue, but this will only make the matter worse. Instead, you should simply buff the substance away with a dry cloth.a

Your marble flooring has dull spots filled with small scratches.

If you have dull spots in your marble floor and upon closer inspection you see the dullness is caused by what looks like a series of tiny scratches, this could be surface etching. Surface etching occurs when the flooring comes in contact with an abrasive, highly acidic solution, such as spilled tomato juice or some form of cleaner. Surface etching of marble flooring can often be resolved basic marble restoration kits which fill in the tiny etched lines and help restore shine.

The marble flooring has an aged yellow look even after cleaning.

The accumulation of waxes and polishes used on a natural stone floor can give it a dingy yellow appearance through the years. To eliminate this issue, you can usually do a good thorough stripping of the residue using a wax-stripping marble cleaner. Be advised, however, if the yellowed look remains, the hue could be caused by a natural oxidation process that can occur within the stone itself. This is usually only an issue with the lightest colored marble, such as white and pale grey.

Talk to a restoration expert for more information.