How to polish marble floor tiles

Marble floors are made of a substance called calcium carbonate, which is derived from the remnants of ancient seashells. This makes marble a stone, and like other types of stone flooring, marble has specific care requirements. If you clean or polish marble with the wrong products you can damage or even destroy it. For instance, acidic cleaners can penetrate and erode a marble surface. Typically, all you need to keep your marble floor looking its best is a dust mop and regular wet mop.

Dust mop your marble tile floor daily, and before cleaning. This will help prevent surface dirt and debris from scratching and dulling the surface of your floor.

Fill a bucket with lukewarm water. Submerge a clean, soft cloth mop into the bucket of water and wring it out, so it is moist, not saturated. Add a few drops of a mild dish soap if your floor is exceptionally dirty or is in need of disinfecting.

Mop your marble floor. Re-wet and wring out your mop frequently. If your marble floor is larger, empty and refill your bucket midway through mopping.

Remove excess water from your marble tile floor with a clean, soft cloth. Rinse the floor with clean water if you used soap to mop. Dry excess water with a new soft cloth.

Crush three to four pieces of chalk in a small bowl. Wet a soft cloth and wring it out. Dip the corner of the cloth in the crushed chalk.

Wipe the marble tile floor with the wet, chalky rag. Cover the entire floor. Let the chalk dry.

Wet a clean, soft cloth with water and wring it out. Wipe away the chalk powder and buff to a shine with a dry cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Dust mop
  • Bucket
  • Soft cloth mop
  • Dish soap
  • Chalk
  • Bowl
  • Soft cloths
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Hillary Marshall has been writing professionally since 2006. Before writing instructional articles online, she worked as a copywriter and has been published in "Ideal Living" "Sass" "Science Edge" and "Shopping Cents" magazines along with countless websites including Gadling a blog by the Huffington post. Marshall studied early childhood education at the Stratford Career Institute.