Marble is a valuable natural stone which adds style, timeless charm and class to any property. There are different types of marble such as white, pink and black, though they all require relatively similar cleaning maintenance. Marble is not only used on walls and floors but also furniture, counter tops and decoration.
This natural material is resistant to many things, but will get etched by acids. Remember to always wipe off acidic spills immediately.
Also don’t leave drinking glasses on marble as they will leave almost permanent rings.
Marble is porous and absorbs liquids as well as staining quite easily – treat the surface as you would a wooden surface, wipe it clean the moment you spill something.
Use coasters to prevent condensation and drops from glasses leaving rings on marble surfaces.
Regular cleaning: Regular cleaning efforts are the only proven way to keep any marble surface looking as good as possible without altering its appearance or properties. Use warm water and a soft rag to wipe down marble surfaces. Let them air dry and there won’t be any streaks.
Cleaning products: Application of cleaning products on marble surfaces is not recommended. However you can gently wash marble using a small amount of mild dishwashing liquid diluted in warm water. This will remove any staining or blemishes. This particular cleaning method should be used on marble no more than two or three times a year.
Protection: Marble surfaces can be coated lightly with wax. Marble wax is colourless, though you shouldn’t use it on white marble as it tends to yellow it. There are also special marble sealants which can be applied for more protection. The wax coating can be removed by wiping down the surface with a damp rag.
Polishing: Sometimes marble becomes dull and etched through time and exposure. In order to restore its former shine you can purchase a specially formulated marble cleaner. There are different types for different kinds of marble. Alternatively, you can polish the marble using putty powder aka tin oxide. Putty powder though is kind of hard to find these days, and for best results you will need a power buffer.
Stain removal: Due to its porous nature, marble is susceptible to staining. Generally, stains will come off if treated timely and properly. Organic stains are best treated with ammonia and low strength peroxide. Acidic stains are best treated immediately using fresh water. Oil stains are treated by application of absorbent powders like corn starch.