Did your little Van Gough create "masterpieces" all over your flawless marble floors? Permanent markers, pens and other types of ink can cause dark stains on marble surfaces. According to Cost Helper, Inc., professional installation of marble floors can start around $9 to $20 per square foot, while high-end marble floor tiles can cost upwards of $10 to $40 per square foot. As marble flooring is such a large investment, it's crucial to try and maintain them as long as possible. Follow these steps to remove tough ink stains from marble flooring.
1. Fold a paper towel in half twice to form a square. Gently press the paper towel square onto the ink spot. Softly dab the spot with the paper towel, but do not rub as this can cause the stain to spread.
2. Fold a second clean paper towel twice to form a square. If the marble is a dark color, saturate the paper towel in hydrogen peroxide and blot the stain. If the marble is light in color, saturate the paper towel with non-chlorinated bleach to avoid ruining the marble finish. If the stain is not completely removed, move to the next step.
3. Pour rubbing alcohol over the stained area. Allow the alcohol to soak into the stain for several minutes. Rub the stained area with a nylon scrub pad. Use a paper towel to soak up any excess liquid. If the stain remains, move on to the next step.
4. Create a cleaning mixture using baking powder and just enough hydrogen peroxide or non-chlorinated bleach to form a creamy paste. Apply a thick layer of the paste over the stain and press a sheet of plastic wrap over the entire area. Allow the paste and plastic wrap to sit for several hours or until the baking soda mixture dries. Remove the paste and plastic wrap and clean the area with soap and water. If the ink is still visible, move onto the next step.
5. Moisten an absorbent pad or folded paper towel with ammonia. Gently press the ammonia soaked pad onto the stained area. Allow the absorbent pad to sit on the stain for several minutes. Remove the pad to see if the stain is gone. Repeat this step several times if necessary. If there is still a stain, move to the next step.
6. Contact a professional marble cleaning service. If you are not able to remove a tough ink stain from your marble floors, contact a professional to safely remove the ink without causing damage to your floors. It's important not to use certain chemicals that can cause the marble to discolor. If you are unsure of what is safe to use on your floors, contact a professional for assistance.
There are several products that you should never use on marble floors. Do not use generic or store-bought cleaning products of any kind. Cleaning marble with all-purpose cleaners can cause the sealant on your marble floors to degrade, leaving them highly susceptible to stains. This is because these store-bought cleaners contain harsh alkalis, acids and other chemicals that can etch or damage marble.
It's also not recommended to use vinegar, lemon or orange for cleaning marble surfaces. These acidic products can cause damage to delicate marble floors. For routine cleaning of marble floors, hot water and a basic stone cleaner is sufficient for removing dust and grime.
If you have tough ink stains on your marble flooring, don't panic. There are numerous home remedies that can be used to remove ink stains from marble surfaces. To learn more about cleaning marble or for assistance with stain removal, contact your local professional marble cleaning service.