Marble is a beautiful, elegant and timeless stone. If you’re in love the look of marble, there’s probably no substitute. However, to retain marble’s beauty, a little extra care is required. Don't let that frighten you, it's worth it.
First, preventative maintenance is key.
Don’t let spills sit. Clean up any messes immediately, this reduces the risk of staining and etching. Don’t use abrasive scrubbers or rough cloths when cleaning, they can scratch the stone. For big messes and deeper cleaning, follow the steps below.
Use cutting boards, trivets and coasters. Mable is by no means fragile, but it is susceptible to damage from extreme heat, sharp edges, wet spots and a number of chemical reactions. Cutting boards, hotpads, coasters etc. aren’t always needed, but they are a simple precaution that will help prevent damage.
Lastly, never use vinegar or citrus solutions such as lemon or orange for cleaning marble. In fact, avoid contact with these substances altogether. Marble is very sensitive to acids. They can eat into the surface leaving discoloration and rough spots. You’ll hear the term, “etching” a lot when learning about marble. Etching is a corrosive chemical reaction that occurs when an acids interact with the stone. If cause physical damage to the stone. You can more in our Marble FAQ. Here are a few other items you should NOT use on marble countertops:
The best way to clean marble is with non-abrasive dish soap and warm water. Make sure it’s not an acidic soap, it should be pH neutral. A spray bottle can be used to evenly distribute the soap solution (also useful for rinsing with plain water). Apply a thorough covering of the soapy water. You can gently scrub the stone with a soft cloth. Don’t use rough sponges or scrubbing cloths, just a nice soft towel.
Next, use a different wet cloth to wipe away the soap. You may need to repeat this step a few times. Make sure you get rid of all the soap residue.
After wiping away all of the moisture, a final pass with a chamois or microfiber cloth with add some shine. Don’t leave any water behind. Marble is porous, so standing water and liquids that penetrate unsealed areas could lead to stains or etching.
There are a number of marble specific cleaning products and polishes available in stores. Many of these products are fine, just make sure the products is for marble and not some other stone. Also, make sure you have reviewed your stone manufacturer/installers guidelines for cleaning your specific stone, methods may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
The best way to keep your marble clean, and retain it’s natural beauty is through regular cleanings and preventative maintenance. Seal your marble regularly, make frequent cleaning a habit, and follow preventative maintenance suggestions. A little TLC will help your stone last a lifetime.