Cleaning marble is hard work, there is no
doubt. If you have made the investment in using marble on your flooring, your
countertops or in your bathroom, you need to know how to clean it and clean it
so thoroughly that it looks like it is brand new. Sometimes we find scuff marks
on it. Other times it is the things that spill onto the surface. While each case
is its own creature, cleaning marble can be done effectively. Here, we will take
a look at some of the ways in which we can clean up this beautiful investment we
have made in our homes.
The first and foremost tip I have for you is
to NEVER, EVER use vinegar or other acid based products on your marble floors.
Marble is very delicate and must be cleaned with pH neutral, gentle cleaners.
Acids, even the mild acid in vinegar will actually dissolve the finish and
permanently etch the surface. Also mild gentle cleaning products are required.
Always use a neutral pH cleaning products.
The problem with marble cleaning is that the
surface of the marble is not hard enough! Marble is very porous and therefore it
likes to soak in the things that are spilled onto it. If you use acids to clean
the marble you have, you will be left with etching on the marble surface. If the
polish is marred with scratches, the quality of the marble is diminished
significantly. So, the question is, how can we clean marble effectively?
The first thing that you need to do is to
take proper care of your marble. Treat it as you would a highly expensive piece
of wood furniture. Do not place glasses on it directly. If something does spill
on the marble, wipe it up as soon as possible for the very best results.
You also need to maintain it on a regular
basis to protect it. The best method for cleaning marble is to use a terry cloth
that is clean to wipe up any debris. Wet it with lukewarm water, not too hot. It
is rare that you should need to scrub marble and you should not use any types of
harsh chemicals on your marble. Rarely, you can use a very mild detergent to
wash it down, but this does not need to happen more than once every few months.
Finally, always use dry paper towels or a dry terry cloth to dry and shine the
marble to prevent the liquid from getting into the marble itself.