Guide To Basic Cleaning Of Marble Surfaces

The beauty of a marble floor, imported tile and marble countertop is unsurpassed by anything. Ancients used marble in building temples and castles. Modern millionaires lined their hallways with it. Marble is a stone which, throughout the ages, has been noted not only for its strength and durability, but also for its beauty and character. Nothing invokes exclamations of appreciation like marble or granite, unless of course, it is not maintained, in which case you may find yourself with nothing but a heavy burden.

The main thing to understand about marble surfaces is that it, like granite, is a natural substance, which is porous.


Porous materials act like a sponge, soaking up any liquid poured on it. This is why one of the first things to do when selecting marble or granite as a building material is to ask if it will be sealed before installation. It is well worth the additional cost, if any, to protect your surface. Even though you may think marble is indestructible, it is not immune to stains and chips.

When cleaning a marble surface, first use either a soft bristle broom or a cleaning cloth based mop to remove any loose dirt or dust from the surface. Never use lemon, vinegar, or other acids, regardless of their strength. These can damage your surface irreparably. This includes orange or lemon-based soaps. Plain mild dish detergent is best-and rinses easiest. Ammonia and ammonia based products, while doing a good job at getting your marble clean, can dull the surface over time. Pay special attention to spills, especially oil-based spills, such as olive oil on a countertop. Try and clean these immediately with mild soap and water.


After the surface has been cleaned of all loose dust and dirt, use a soft, lint free cloth to wipe any prominent spots, taking extra care with oil-based spills. Use a sponge mop for floors. Use a large sponge or squeegee for countertops and tile. Rinse often. Clean marble surfaces with soap and water, making sure to rinse thoroughly. Do not leave soap residue on surface, as it will dry and cloud the luster of the surface.

Do not become alarmed if dark wet spots appear on the floor or countertop. As we mentioned earlier, marble is porous, and this is common, especially in surfaces which have not been professionally sealed. The spots will dry, usually in twenty minutes to an hour.

After your marble surface has been thoroughly cleaned and rinsed of any soap residue, you may want to use a commercial product to shine your surface. These products are easily available in most hardware stores. Check the label to make certain that the cleaner is for your type of surface, and ask the store clerk for assistance. Remember, it is preferable to ask a question than to damage your surface. Always use a clean cotton cloth to shine your surface, and remember, oil spills should always be cleaned immediately.

With care, marble is one of the most beautiful ways to complement your home. Keep it clean, and the compliments will keep coming.

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