A beautiful floor starts with Extreme.
Routine cleaning of ceramic and marble floors is key to preventing damage and keeping your flooring beautiful. There are three things the homeowner should be aware of: Prevention, Cleaning Without Damage and Stain Removal.
There are two types of prevention: The daily things that the homeowner can do, and professional services that provide future protection.
The homeowner should prevent damaging grit tracked in by foot. Large mats placed at each outside door will collect outside grit and soil. These mats should be shaken or vacuumed frequently. The floor should be vacuumed frequently. Be sure that the vacuum lifts the grit and soil and does not push it around.
Prevent contact between staining materials and the floor. Put plastic castors under wood and metal furniture feet. Metals will oxidize (rust) and wood will leach tannins. Put plastic trays under potted plants. The pot itself can stain the floor and dark stains are leached from the plant soil. Do not use rubber pads under rugs; the rubber contains sulfur. Also do not use rough fiber pads; they can scratch marble and ceramic.
Wipe up spills promptly. Moisture will pull stains into the minute crevasses between marble crystals. Acids will dissolve the calcium carbonate in the marble, creating dull, etched spots.
Professional applications of stone sealers are effective in preventing stains from penetrating marble. Professional resurfacing of dull, scratched or worn marble or ceramic will create a hard, smooth finish that resists soiling and stains. A professionally resurfaced floor is also easier to clean because the smooth surface does not have uneven spots that trap dirt.