Maintenance and cleaning

What is the best way to polish and clean marble?

Marble is an extraordinary and durable material used by man for thousands of years in history, from Ancient Egypt to the Greek and Roman Empire; despite the passage of time, we can still see the beauty of their monumental marble works. Today, natural stone is used in luxury projects such as countertops, tables, floors, bathtubs and other applications. While this material is easy to clean and has a high level of strength, it requires constant maintenance and prevention from accidental damage.

The ideal method for cleaning marble is the use of soap and water, while descale and acid products that damage the polishing of the marble are not allowed. Therefore, mechanical cleaning is the recommended one, and can be obtained with a sponge (also rough or yucky side of the sponge to shine the marble); it is essential to choose a non-abrasive, delicate and pH neutral soap, clean the marble surfaces with a damp cloth, then rinse and dry quickly. Another very effective product for removing coffee and wine stains from marble surfaces is hydrogen peroxide, which has both a disinfectant and a whitening action.

Marbles, especially white marbles, can lose their shiny appearance and turn yellow over time, due to frequent contact with grease and oil. On the market there are also specific polishing kits to manually revive the marble; for more information, you can contact our technical office who will indicate the correct use of the products in the kit.

Some secrets

As for daily cleaning, we want to share some home secrets that will help keep your marble always shiny:

Potato starch and pumice stone are particularly practical and effective for degreasing white marble and restoring its shine. This cleaning is achieved by sprinkling a little starch on the yellowed surface and letting it absorb the grease for a few minutes, after which it is rubbed with the pumice stone. The surface must be washed adequately in lukewarm water with a modest quantity of neutral detergent. Since it is an abrasive process that removes material, we recommend doing a test on the inconspicuous part, depending on the type of stain and the material to be cleaned, it could possibly worsen the condition of the surface.

Another household product for cleaning marble is baking soda. By mixing 3 tablespoons of baking soda with water, you can create a thick compound that must be spread on the surface to be cleaned with a damp abrasive sponge. Apply the mixture on the marble surface in a thin layer, without rubbing, and leave it to act for half an hour and rinse with hot water.

As already mentioned, mechanical cleaning is generally recommended over chemical cleaning. If the design choice is a porous marble, on surfaces such as dining tables, bar counters, where the use of wines, oils, etc. we suggest you use oil-water repellent products only on very dry surface. Our company offers, on request, kits of ideal products to maintain the surfaces of all types of stone.

Tricks to make intact surfaces last longer

Many of the same precautions normally applied to tables and kitchen counters can be utilized for marble surfaces: always use coasters when serving acidic drinks such as wine, lemon juice, vinegar, and clean up spills as soon as possible. In case of stain, remove aggressive liquids spilled on the surface as soon as possible to avoid staining.

Marble is a limestone consequently the usage of anti-limescale would destroy its surface therefore never use acidic, vinegar and lemon-based cleaning or descaler product.
When it comes to marble surfaces in bathrooms is to limit contact with aggressive cleaning products. Whenever you use the shower, it would be good to use a squeegee to wipe soap and water off the walls. This will protect the marble finish from being damaged by harsh soaps. You can also use a steam cleaner to remove stubborn dirt, but you need to make sure you dry the area immediately afterwards.

However, even if your marble has been accidentally treated with an acid, scratched, chipped or even broken, an expert marble-restorer will be able to renew your marble to its original splendor, it is important to rely on a true expert.

Not found yet the answer to your questions?

If you have not found yet the answer to your questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to help you with the cleaning and maintenance of your marble.



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