Marble counterparts tend to give the house a trendy and elegant look. They help to keep the house cooler during the summer and are not too difficult to clean. However, few homeowners know how to clean marble naturally and so they end up hiring expensive cleaners to do a job they could have managed themselves. Marble is a home property that can actually help increase the value of your home if you can take care of it. Cleaning the marble is just one part of marble care. The other part and a significantly more important part is ensuring that you don’t do rough or coarse work on the marble. Causing too much pressure on the marble can lead to destruction easily. Keep reading to find out how you can clean your marble.
What you will need:
- Marble cleaner
- Soap and water (better than cleaning with all-purpose marble cleaners)
- Damp cloth or towel
Protect Your Marble
There are several ways in which you can help to protect your marble from getting stains. If you let stains continuously accumulate overtime, marbles tend to get a layer of discoloration over it.
- When preparing food, use a cutting board.
- Do not allow liquids or water to linger on marble surfaces after falling on the surface.
- Use mats or holders under glasses and candles that are left on marble counters or tables.
- Switch from metal canisters to ceramic or glass to prevent rusting.
- Join felt padsto the base of small appliances in order to prevent scratches on it.
- Use welcome mats at doorways or entrances in order to cut down the dirt that builds on marble floors.
· Daily Cleaning
One of the best ways to keep your marble surfaces clean is by making sure to immediately wipe away any spills. Try to avoid commercial cleaners that are labeled as “all-purpose” cleaners or even homemade mixes that contain lemon juice or vinegar for cleaning, as they will damage your marble’s finishing in the long run.
Generally speaking, the best cleanser for marble is soap and water or a microfiber cloth. Using soap and water is typically one of the best ways to clean marble floors and tiles as well.
· Marble Cleaner
To deal with tough stains that build upon marble, you can find great DIY cleaners that are available online. One of these DIY cleaners for marble includes adding 2 cups of water with one teaspoon of soap into a spray bottle. Gently swirl the water and clean with a damp cloth or towel to get rid of any residue that may remain. Once cleaned, don’t forget that marbles which are polished usually require a good shining to help restore the perfect shine.
For tougher stains, for example, if you have had raw meat left on the counter for a long time, using an all-purpose cleaner once in a while will not do too much harm.
Due to marble being porous, it can be difficult to get stains off of marble, especially from honed marble. If using DIY cleaners or regular cleaners does not do the trick and you still see discoloration, you can try the following method for deep cleaning.
Spread a paste made from water and baking soda on the area you wish to clean. Cover the area with plastic wrap and tape down the sides in order to hold it in place. Wait one day or 24 hours for the mix to get rid of the discoloration. Wipe the paste away with a warm, damp cloth once 24 hours is over and use cleaning spray afterward
Light marble: stains that are persistent on light-colored marble can be cleaned off with hydrogen peroxide. However, be careful not to use this method of cleaning for darker-colored marble.
Dark marble: Since darker marble is generally denser and thicker than lighter marble, it’s usually more stain-resistant as well. If you find stains on a black marble surface, clean it with a cotton ball that has been dipped in acetone. Make sure to wipe the area using a clean, damp cloth right after.
· Sealing your marbles
Even with attentive care, it’s best to seal your tiles and marble countertops regularly. Sealing is not time-consuming nor is it difficult. The counters located in a kitchen, on average take around half an hour or so to seal whereas a bathroom vanity takes less time. Sealing should be done at least once or twice in a year to keep your marble glowing and healthy.