There are no materials that can create a feeling of luxury like marble can. Elegant, understated, and effortlessly stunning, marble is usually used in kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, and offices. Also, it can be even successfully used, for everyday accessories. When it comes to how this magnificent natural material can be used, the list is endless.
Although this material isn't particularly challenging to clean, it does need some care and damage prevention to stay in top condition. Marble cleaning products and methods differ from those used on other surfaces. Likewise, if you use the wrong cleanser or even the wrong cloth or sponge, it's prone to staining, scratching, and other damage. In general, you don't want to use too much elbow grease, which could result in scratching, also known as "etching" on marble.
In this article, we'll discuss how to clean marble, and how to protect your surfaces from harm.
The marble stone is relatively soft, sand and metal hard objects can scratch the marble surface easily. So keep in mind that hard objects on the surface of marble should be removed in time during cleaning and maintenance.
You won't need many supplies for general marble cleaning. A good tip is to avoid using any aggressive cleansers because they can harm a marble countertop or other surfaces. So you will need warm water, mild dish soap, a spray bottle, marble cleaner, eco friendly sponges or soft cloth, and an absorbent towel. You need to know that different surfaces of marble need different care.
You can either put a few drops of soap onto a damp cloth or combine a small amount of soap with warm water in a spray bottle. Use an eco friendly sponge or soft cloth to clean the marble surface, and then immediately rinse and dry the area with an absorbent towel. Avoid using too much soap as this may leave a film behind.
Although there are specialized marble cleaning products available, basic dish soap works just fine. Keep in mind, never to use acidic cleaners such as vinegar and bleach on marble. Within seconds, a lemon wedge can begin to eat into marble. Because many rust-removal solutions contain acid, keep them away from marble. Gritty cleaners with abrasive particles or rough sponges will also scratch the finish of the marble. It will also be harmed by alkali or basic substances.
Marble is easily stained, etched, and dulled, so knowing how to properly care for it is essential if you want it to last a long time. Stains are inevitable especially if you have marble on your everyday accessories like a marble clutch, marble phone case, or marble cigar case. So if you want to keep marble clean and stain-free, prevention is key.
Any liquid that spills should be immediately blotted up with a paper towel on a marble surface. Try not to wipe spills because doing so will distribute the liquid over a wider area. Be especially alert for alcohol or citrus beverage spills. As soon as possible, thoroughly rinse the area with warm, soapy water to remove any remaining staining solution. You may also want to invest in a marble sealant, which you should use once a month, depending on the sort of marble you have. You can also eliminate difficult stains with hydrogen peroxide. Always ensure safe cleaning by avoiding harsh chemicals and abrasives. But in any case, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions because some types of marble won't take sealant.
When it comes to marble scratches, prevention is definitely better than cure, but there are steps you can take to correct minor scratches. Minor scratches can often be rubbed away with warm water and a cloth. Use dry, superfine, 0000-rated steel wool for water stains and light surface etching. Anything deeper than surface-level scratches will require a professional's assistance to re-polish the surface for deeper nicks and scratches.
Since prevention is so vital in the upkeep of natural stones, it maybe worth your time to consider hiring a reputable cleaning service to take care of your countertops, floors, and shower.
If it happens that the marble surface is too damaged and that you need to replace it, don't be too upset. One more thing to know about marble, since it is a natural stone it can easily be recycled. Marble's ability to be recycled makes it even more environmentally friendly and efficient to use. Old marble pieces can be repurposed to make tiles and anything else that can be extracted from them.
Hopefully, this article has provided you with all of the information you require to clean and maintain all marble surfaces in your home. Enjoy the beauty of marble as a natural material.
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