Marble cleaning and maintenance
Marble is a beautiful natural stone, typically used for decorating floors, kitchen or bathroom counter tops, etc. Its soft structure, however, makes the material vulnerable and also susceptible to stains and damage.
When taking care of your marble centerpiece you should carefully choose your cleaning products and methods to preserve its beauty and colors.
Regular cleaning is a must if you want to keep your marble looking great. The right way to do that is with warm water. Use a wet sponge or a soft cloth to clean dust and spills.
For lighter scratches or stains dilute mild dish soap in a little warm water and use a soft cloth to run it over the surface in circular motion. But avoid scrubbing to prevent further scratching.
Do not leave water drops on your marble counter tops or floors, as they will turn into stains. Wipe the surface dry with a dry, soft cloth after cleaning is done.
Do not use vinegar for cleaning your marble surfaces. Vinegar is good in cleaning many surfaces, but its acidic structure can cause marble to corrode.
To gently make your marble shine, use a chamois cloth or apply a marble polish to the surface, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Marble is a porous stone which lets the stains soak in faster. So, you should blot any spills as soon as you notice them. Avoid rubbing as it may cause spreading of the stains.
Mix a poultice to make a thick paste. You may make a poultice of baking soda (or flour) and water.
Apply the poultice to the stained area and cover it with plastic wrap. Leave the solution to act for a day.
Then remove the plastic wrap and wipe away the substance with a damp cloth. If there is still a stain, repeat the cleaning procedure.
A more drastic solution for removing stains is using hydrogen peroxide, but be careful as it can lighten marble.
Advice: Keep alcohol products and hot items off marble to protect it.