Marble, while it may not look like a delicate substance, is very porous, easily stained, and it can be scratched and etched using the wrong products or not caring for it properly.
Marble should only be cleaned with a pH neutral cleaning solution, spills should be wiped up as soon as possible especially those of an acidic nature or containing alcohol.
- If you have a marble table, mantelpiece, or countertop, use coasters for glasses and cups and doilies for vases of flowers. In general – don’t allow liquids; wet or sweating, to sit directly on a marble surface as they can leave a ring.
- Always use trivets or mats under anything hot, like serving dishes. They can scratch or burn the surface of your marble table or countertop.
- When it comes to cleaning marble – Never use vinegar. Vinegar is natural but is an acidic product that will etch and permanently damage your beautiful marble.
- Never use abrasive or alkaline cleaning products as damage can also occur.
For everyday cleaning of your marble counter tops, just wiping it down with warm water is enough. Dry immediately with a soft cloth or chamois. If you feel this just isn’t enough, squirt one or two small pumps of liquid dish detergent in a bowl and mix with warm water. Wash and dry immediately.
Perk Up Marble Counters:
Maybe you just moved into a new home and it isn’t up to your caliper of cleanliness and the marble counter tops in the kitchen could use a good cleaning. Mix the following ingredients together:
- 1 quart warm water
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
Wet a cloth completely then wring it out and wipe down the counters. Scrub just a little for tougher areas. Let the solution sit and dry, about an hour or so. Wipe down with another cloth and warm water and dry. Should you want to buy a commercial cleaning product, make sure it is a pH Neutral product.
Caring for Marble Floors:
Water water will work just fine, but for extra shine and you can add a little Murphy Oil Soap.
- 1 TBL Murphy Oil Soap
- 1 gallon of warm water
Clean with a damp mop, squeezing out as much water as possible, then wipe dry with a sh-mop.
For regular cleaning, use a dust mop for marble floors. Anything gritty that will naturally be found on a floor, including dirt and sand, is abrasive and will scratch the floors.
Protect Your Marble Floor:
Here are a few things you can do to protect your floors.
- Be sure to put mats or small rugs, with rubberized backs, on both sides of doorways that open onto a marble floor.
- Be sure not to use a vacuum cleaner that has worn attachments or wheels. These, two, can scratch marble.
- Clean up spills immediately.
- Don’t use a broom, this will only move dirt and dust around causing scratching.
- Keep furniture on carpets or rugs or use protectors
Repairing Etched Floors:
If the floor is etched, no regular cleaner will fix it, you need to re-polish the marble. More information is available in this article on repolishing etched marble.