How To Take Care Of Outside Marble Surface
Marble surfaces in open-air or outdoor settings can yield eye-catching results. However, the additional threats from weather, foot traffic, and biological invaders such as bacteria and fungi can wreak havoc on the marble surface and its sealant. This means that additional effort will be necessary to keep marble surfaces safe, functional, and aesthetically pleasing.
The good news is that virtually all of the “dos” and “don’ts” that apply to treating indoor marble apply to outdoor marble as well. Between professional treatments, a mixture of prevention and routine tasks can increase the lifespan of a marble surface. Our professional staff at Just Call Classic can perform top-tier protective and restorative services to marble and other natural stones.
Marble Surface Routine Cleaning and Spot Cleaning
Marble surfaces will wear down over time regardless of their location and how they’re handled. However, keeping marble surfaces clean will increase their shelf life. Soft cloths and warm water are sufficient for routine cleaning. Dust mops are effective at removing accumulated dirt and dust from marble floors. Most spills can be successfully treated with a mixture of baking soda and warm water. For more focused cleansing, marble surface owners should buy and apply only cleaning solutions designed specifically for marble surfaces.
Cleaners and Tools That Harm Marble Surface
Many household products effective at cleaning other parts of a home can damage or destroy marble surfaces. Abrasive tools – including sponges, steel wool pads, and dry erasers – are abrasive and physically damaging to sealant and marble. Marble surface owners should always avoid exposing their marble to acid. Whereas weak alkali solutions are safe for cleaning marble surfaces, strong alkali solutions can discolor dark-colored marble surfaces. When in doubt, start with using a soft cloth and water, and gradually move up to stronger alkali solutions and cleaners.
When to Reapply Sealant To Marble Surface
Weather, foot traffic, biological invaders, and spills can weaken the defensive sealant of a marble surface. Reapplying sealant every month will protect the marble surface from physical and biological damage and maintain the aesthetic appearance of the marble surface. It will also prevent damage from etches and stains.
Do Not Expose Marble Surfaces to Any Acids
Acids will erode the protective sealant on marble surfaces and physically damage the marble itself. Damaged marble will allow bacteria to survive and reproduce. In addition, acidic damage will lower the luster of the marble surface. Even acids that are relatively harmless to humans – especially citric acids – can cause trouble with marble surfaces. People who use marble counters should never rest citric items – such as orange rinds or fruit juices on them.
Use Decorative Physical Barriers On Marble Surfaces
Doormats, coasters, rugs, and trays some of the household decorative items that also double as physical shields between the marble surface and damaging elements. Floor decorations can minimize the effect of physical impact, dirt, and debris upon marble floors. Countertop decorations can protect marble surfaces from water stains and other types of condensation and drippage. As is the case with cleaning tools and solutions, owners of marble surfaces should ensure that the decorative barriers are not abrasive and will not damage the marble surface.
Hire a Professional for a Complete Restoration of Marble Surface
Even the best-maintained marble surfaces will wear down over time. A professional restoration may be a workable, cheaper alternative to replacing the surface altogether. Marble owners should be sure to verify the professional’s reputation before committing time and money. The two factors to consider when looking for professional restoration services are reviews from previous customers and certifications from accredited boards.
Just Call Classic performs marble maintenance services for both residential and business facilities. We can clean, protect, and restore virtually any marble installation in a residential building. Our experience and tools make us an ideal choice for honing, restorations, and cleanings.
We also provide extensive marble treatment services for bars, restaurants, offices, hotels, and condominiums. Please feel free to contact us by filling out our online form, by calling one of our three locations (Dade/Miami at (305) 774-9806, Broward/Fort Lauderdale at (954) 578-3600, or Palm Beach at (561) 793-5757), or by calling us toll-free at (866) 578-3600.