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i received a call to clean a marble floor. I never cleaned one before. Can i just use a CRB and a spinner with a neutral PH cleaner or do i need a 175? I have a CRB and Spinner. I do not have a 175. I'm not sure if its tile or slab. Does that make a difference? Thanks

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What is crb? Just clean it like a normal tile floor with your spinner. Set your psi around 1100 or so. Make sure you're not blowing out any factory fills and collect your dollars. I charge my normal tile and grout cleaning fee to clean marble/travertine no different to me. Maybe start with a weak dilution of your tile cleaning Chem. Inform the customer there might be a few addition holes when you're finished... It's a side affect of natural product. Also check and make sure there isn't a topical sealer on the floor or you will hate your life.

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What is crb? Just clean it like a normal tile floor with your spinner. Set your psi around 1100 or so. Make sure you're not blowing out any factory fills and collect your dollars. I charge my normal tile and grout cleaning fee to clean marble/travertine no different to me. Maybe start with a weak dilution of your tile cleaning Chem. Inform the customer there might be a few addition holes when you're finished... It's a side affect of natural product. Also check and make sure there isn't a topical sealer on the floor or you will hate your life.

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Thank you for your reply. I just wasn't sure if i needed to buff the marble after cleaning. A CRB is a Counter Rotating Brush machine. Have a great day!

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crb should be fine. instead of spinner use tile wand to be safe. you don't want the spinner to bump on a lip and scratch the floor. If no wand available, use the spinner just be very careful an open the vent to make it easier to maneuver.
 

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I agree with tile wand as Martin said. And a CRB is fine if you have very soft brushes for it.

PS:We just installed marble floors at our TMF school. We used sanded grout on a floor next to it. We accidentally got a little sand on the floor and when I used the spinner scratched it. That is no problem for us because we want scratched floors to practice with. But for you or a homeowner not so good. So biggest key is getting it as clean as possible before hand with a soft broom or vacuum brush attachment while pre vac. Let is know how it works out for you!
 

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You can put a totally cotton bonnett under your 175 and do a final buff on the floor. Spray a little windex out in front and it will leave it perfect like glass. If you don't have a all cotton bonnett use a standard white pad.

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You can put a totally cotton bonnett under your 175 and do a final buff on the floor. Spray a little windex out in front and it will leave it perfect like glass. If you don't have a all cotton bonnett use a standard white pad.

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Bryan do you find a cotton bonnet works better than a white pad?

I have had some really dirty marble grout lines and used a diluted alkaline. I then used a white pad and it looked good. Would a cotton bonnet be better in that situation?
 
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I agree with tile wand as Martin said. And a CRB is fine if you have very soft brushes for it.

PS:We just installed marble floors at our TMF school. We used sanded grout on a floor next to it. We accidentally got a little sand on the floor and when I used the spinner scratched it. That is no problem for us because we want scratched floors to practice with. But for you or a homeowner not so good. So biggest key is getting it as clean as possible before hand with a soft broom or vacuum brush attachment while pre vac. Let is know how it works out for you!
Thanks Rob, I'll have to join a class or two sometime in the near future.

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Bryan do you find a cotton bonnet works better than a white pad?

I have had some really dirty marble grout lines and used a diluted alkaline. I then used a white pad and it looked good. Would a cotton bonnet be better in that situation?
I use white pads in a pinch. But the bonnett are my go to. Think of them as a giant towel to wipe the floor. I can get about 400ft out of one side before flip but this is after a powder Polish a general clean should get much more. If you're using a light cleaning solution and rinse enough you can probably get away with a flat microfiber Mop and a little glass cleaner.

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Howdy everyone,
i received a call to clean a marble floor. I never cleaned one before. Can i just use a CRB and a spinner with a neutral PH cleaner or do i need a 175? I have a CRB and Spinner. I do not have a 175. I'm not sure if its tile or slab. Does that make a difference? Thanks

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CRB and spinner to clean. Some clients wants it buffed and polished, thats when you have to use 175.. on a different quote of course. I'm thinking of going into stone. Money is good there.
 

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I agree with tile wand as Martin said. And a CRB is fine if you have very soft brushes for it.

PS:We just installed marble floors at our TMF school. We used sanded grout on a floor next to it. We accidentally got a little sand on the floor and when I used the spinner scratched it. That is no problem for us because we want scratched floors to practice with. But for you or a homeowner not so good. So biggest key is getting it as clean as possible before hand with a soft broom or vacuum brush attachment while pre vac. Let is know how it works out for you!
Rob..if i use a buffer with poly brush instead of a CRB, would that hurt the floor? ( natural stone like travertine or marble )