How to clean and take care of marble

How to clean and take care of marble

One of the favorite stones used for decoration is marble. It is a material that helps to distinguish the place where it is located and what is it more, it has the advantage of lasting for generations.

30/12/13 por Staff de CHP

Tips to remove stains and take care of marble

Marble is a gorgeous and noble stone, keeping it clean helps its conservation and durability.

The first thing you need to know is that this material is very porous, so it absorbs stains easily. However, at the same time, it offers you the benefit that stains can be easily removed if acting fast enough.

How to clean marble

The most used method to clean marble is very simple; you should just rub the surface with a sponge or cloth wet with soap and water, but if the stains are hard to remove, you should apply other methods.

If the marble has a yellowish coloration, apply a mix of vinegar and water with a soft brush. 

If any rust or oxide stains has remained in the floor because of some furniture, it is recommended to apply lemon juice mixed with water. Also, you can add a bit of salt to the stains.

When applying vinegar or lemon juice to remove stains, you should use them carefully as they are corrosive liquids for the stone; otherwise, you can ruin the stone forever. To avoid this, you should apply the mixture over the stone, rub softly during some minutes and rinse with plenty of soap and water. If the stain persists, you should repeat the procedure, being careful enough not to leave the mixture sit over the stone for more than some minutes.

"If the marble has a yellowish coloration, apply a mix of vinegar and water with a soft brush."

Wax coats to prevent stains over marble

As marble is a very porous surface, it absorbs any liquid quickly; that is why, a coat of wax can be applied. This helps cover porous and the surface becomes smoother and easier to clean.

What might occur is that marble becomes yellowish. In this case, you should remove all the wax. There are many products that are available in different specific stores for this purpose. Then, you should rinse the surface and apply a coat of wax again. 

How to conserve marble qualities

In order to conserve marble qualities, you should follow these simple tips.

Often remove dust from marble furniture or floors.

  • Always clean the surfaces with a sponge wet with dishwashing soap and water. Rinse well and dry.
  • Avoid frequent or prolonged uses of lemon juice and vinegar.
  • Do not use abrasive cleansers.
  • Never mix bleach with ammonia, as it is a very toxic mixture.

Remove specific stains from marble

If marble has wine or coffee stains, you should apply a mix of borax and water over the stain (1 glass of water with 3 tablespoons of borax).

If  marble has any cigarette end burn, the stain will remain. The only solution is to polish the surface until the stain has been completely removed.

The best tool to clean this porous surface is a brush. The sponge is only useful for superficial stains. If the sponge and the brush have failed to remove the stain completely, you can use  a metal sponge, but be careful with this sponge, as it can ruin the surface  of the stone if it is not used softly.

How to take care of marble

If a marble counter has lost its shine y and it has a tarnished appearance, you can improve its aspect by applying a handful of salt over the surface and rubbing with a damp cloth. Then, rinse with water and dry with a cloth.

"Marble is a gorgeous and noble stone, keeping it clean helps its conservation and durability."

If a floor is too dirty because of people passing by, the ideal thing is to rub the floor with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water (1 glass of hydrogen peroxide per 12 glasses of water).

If the marble is white, it is convenient to apply a marble polish over it.

With these tips, you will keep marble always in perfect conditions, and your rooms and furniture will receive the compliments of those who visits you.

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