Marble has endured as a building material and stylistic choice for centuries. Even today, modern and classical trends can often include marble highlights, floors and countertops. While the subtle, complex beauty of marble is always nice to have around, some may be wary to inflict their everyday lives on what seems like a delicate surface. Marble does have some properties that require caution, but if you follow Stoneworks’ tips below– your marble will age like a fine wine!
If you are considering marble for your next project, think carefully about where it will be installed. Common uses are: floors, wall-claddings, tabletops, wainscoting and vanity tops– but kitchen counters, backsplashes and many other areas are also popular. If you are installing marble in a high-traffic area, it is important to take precautions when doing daily, weekly and seasonal cleaning tasks. Marble’s main vulnerability is acid, so avoid any acid-based, harsh or abrasive cleaners. Blot up spills as soon as possible and always use a soft cloth or towel for all cleaning.
Stoneworks best practice: Soak microfiber cloth in warm, filtered water; wipe down surface; immediately dry with soft towel.
WEEKLY & SEASONAL
As life goes on, our daily chores become second nature– but we can often forget or cut corners when it comes to a more thorough clean. If this sounds familiar, then marble may be just the material for you! Rigorous cleaning can actually be harmful to a natural marble, limestone or carbonate surface. While it is delicate, it means you can skip the scouring pads, hazardous cleaners and heavy-duty accessories. Keep it simple: regular, gentle treatment will ensure your marble develops a natural patina over time that adds resiliency and beauty.
Stoneworks best practice: Dilute ph-neutral dish soap in warm water; use spray bottle to gently mist mixture evenly over surface; wipe down with hot, damp washcloth (rinse it as you go); buff dry with soft, absorbent towel.
Stains: Treat stains immediately with a paste of baking soda and warm water. Allow it to dry and it should lift out after a wipe-down.
Prevention: Invest in coasters, trivets, rugs and other items designed to limit impacts and high temperatures. Metal can leave behind rust stains on marble, so consider wood, ceramic, stone and rubber- or felt-lined containers and utensils.
Polish: Using a soft chamois (‘shammy’) to buff a clean marble surface is the most cost-effective, but there are many commercial polishes and professional services available.
Sealant or wax: Though they often require reapplication and can affect your marble’s finish, a sealant or wax can increase the durability and longevity of your surfaces. Ensure your choice is non-toxic and food-safe, if necessary.
Interested in marble for your next project? Contact or visit Stoneworks today!