Many homeowners fall in love with the presence of marble, whether it is marble tiles on the floor, kitchen, or vanity countertops. Not only does marble produce a sublime look and feel, but it can also boost the value of your home. Which is why it is a great investment.
Having marble in your home is fabulous but what about marble cleaning and maintenance, or worse – keep in mind all those warnings of keeping all acids far away from your cherished natural stone – what if something spills? Will you be able to save it?
The answer is, yes! The method is to act speedily and use the right marble cleaning methods to make sure you don’t make it worse.
Prevention is key, immediately wiping spills is the best way to protect your precious marble surfaces. Stay away from all-purpose cleaners and even home-made cleaning mixtures that use vinegar or lemon juice since these acids will harm your marbles finish.
Daily marble cleaning is important as dirt, grit and small stones can scratch the surface of the marble. We suggest keeping daily cleaning simple, by sweeping or using a vacuum cleaner to remove the dust from your flooring and wiping your countertops with a microfibre cloth. For more thorough marble cleaning, using mild soapy water and microfibre cloth is more than enough for both marble floors and countertops.
Avoid using a wet mop when cleaning your marble floor as the mop only moves dirt from one side to the other, without actually removing it. In addition to this, a mop gets put back into dirty water, so you will end up trying to clean your floors with the dirt you’re wanting to remove!
The most important thing to remember about marble is that acid will eat at the surface. This is called “etching”. So, regardless of the finish, it will get etched if acidic liquids such as lemons and limes, vinegar, wine, and so on are not wiped off on time.
Protect Your Marble
The first step to protecting your marble is to seal it. A sealer will delay any staining on your marble, so whether you have marble floors or vanities, you will have time to clean up the spill. Sealing should happen right after your marble has dried after being installed or tiled, and then covered with solid protection until there are no more contractors on site. Your marble should be sealed every 5 or so years.
Removing Marble Stains
Getting stains out of marble is tricky, but has been done. Generally, to remove discolored stains, spread a paste made of baking soda and water on the spot. Cover this with plastic wrap, tape down the edges, so it remains in place, and wait 24 hours for the mixture to “pull out” the discoloration. Gently wipe the paste away with a warm and a damp cloth the next day.
There are several steps you can take to protect your marble from stains:
Use coasters under glasses and candles on marble tables or vanities.
There you go, now that you know what to do. If you take care of your marble, it will reward you with a lifetime of beauty and elegance.
Never allow water or other liquids to remain on marble surfaces.
Swap metal canisters for ceramic or glass to prevent rust.
Use welcome mats at entrances to reduce abrasive dirt on marble floors.