Is Mop & Glo Safe for Marble Floors? May 13 2016, 1 Comment
If you're fortunate enough to have marble flooring in your home, you'll want to preserve the luxurious look and feel, and protect your investment. The products you use to clean and maintain your floors are the key to their beauty, integrity and longevity, making it imperative that you choose wisely. Before you grab one of the many products down your grocery store or home improvement cleaning aisle, take note: if you use a product like Mop & Glo, marble floors may be ruined.
For centuries marble has symbolized good taste and wealth, and is used today both inside and out, as a building material, sculptural medium and on floors, walls and countertops across the nation. Marble starts off as limestone, but when adequate amounts of heat and pressure are applied, completely recrystallizes, destroying any pre-existing sedimentary textures or fossils in the process. This prized stone is quarried from all around the world, with the largest volumes coming from Italy, Spain, China and India.
Marble is primarily white, but is found in other colors as well; black veining is caused by carbon impurities, green from talc and/or mica and red and yellow from iron oxides. This gorgeous stone is similar to granite in terms of hardness, strength and weight, but is more susceptible to damage from corrosive or acidic materials, because of the calcite crystal contained within.
Is Mop & Glo Marble Floors Worst Enemy?
Mop & Glo has been around for years and is a permanent fixture on store shelves, but is it safe to use on marble floors? According to the label, yes, but in actuality, the polymers, or wax, contained within will not only block the pores of the stone, preventing it from breathing, but they leave the surface vulnerable to scuffs and scratches, and a magnet for dirt. In the case of pure white marble, these same polymers can discolor or yellow the marble leaving it unsightly, and in need of restoration or repair.
When it comes to using Mop & Glo, marble floors should be avoided; as a professional I have seen many cases where a product of this type was put on so heavily, it required a great deal of effort just to strip it off the floor so that it could be polished naturally, as it should be. Using a product that costs just a few dollars in the store can end up costing your hundreds or thousands of dollars in repair.
How to Care For Your Marble Floors the Right Way
Forget the Mop & Glo: marble floors require a more specialized product. Avoid using bleach, vinegar or other acidic, harsh or abrasive cleaners, opting instead for a neutral floor cleaner formulated by people who know and understand the needs and properties of natural stone. Choose a cleaner that will give you a no-rinse, streak free appearance, while effectively removing dirt, grime, scuff marks, and more, and allowing the natural beauty of the marble to shine through. Use as follows:
- Dilute according to label directions.
- Submerge a soft sponge or string mop in the solution, wringing thoroughly.
- Damp mop the entire area, avoiding pooling.
- Allow floors to air dry.
If you have any questions about how to best care for your marble floors, as well as any other natural stone surfaces in your home, feel free to call 561-994-4668 to speak to myself or someone on our team. You can also email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, I'd encourage you to download our free Ultimate Marble Guide below, which is full of helpful tips on caring for your marble surfaces.