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How to Clean Marble

Marble is certainly an excellent choice of flooring. However, despite its aesthetic appeal, it is still vulnerable to damage. Due to its soft nature, marble can be easily damaged and stained. Learn how to protect your investment with these simple and easy cleaning instructions.

Tools

Before scrubbing off that stain on your marble floors, here are some things you need to have:

  • Warm water
  • Sponge
  • Shammy or chamois
  • Polish
  • Non-abrasive cleaner

It is important that you choose the right cleaner. There are several of them available, including acetone and clear ammonia. You can, in addition, choose to use marble cleaner.

Starting

The first step is to wet the sponge (or cloth, if you don’t have any) with warm water. Once that’s done, continue wiping the surface thoroughly. You can clean the sponge with hot water to get rid of any residue from the scrubbing of the soapstone surface. You may notice some dull finish on the surface; this is due to soap residue that might have stuck on the surface. You can easily clean this with your sponge wetted in hot water. Continue this process until no residue is left on the surface.

The next step is to wipe the floor dry with your chamois. It is important never to allow the surface to air dry.

To effectively take care of your marble, remember to clean the surface with non-abrasive cleaner. This helps in removing stains and dirt on the surface.

After using the cleaner, rinse the surface with plain water using the sponge. Once finished, use the chamois to wipe the surface dry.

To recover the sheen of that marble floor, apply the polish. Marble polish comes with instructions. If you are not sure about how to apply your product, always consult the manufacturer’s guide.

Stains

If you have stains stuck on the surface, here are some things you will need to easily rid your marble of them:

  • Water
  • Powdered whiting
  • Chemical to remove stains
  • Plastic wrap
  • Small bowl and tape
  • Sponge and microfiber cloth

If you have poultice, you can guarantee that the stain will be removed. Start by mixing the poultice or powdered whiting in a small bowl. Once again, don’t forget to consult the manufacturer’s instructions. Your goal is to create a thick paste with the same consistency of peanut butter.

Once that is done, apply the paste on the stain. Remember to overlap the stain about half an inch and apply about a fourth-inch thick on it. After that, use the plastic wrap to cover the applied area and then tape the edges.

This can take up to two days. It is crucial to allow the paste to set on the stain and to dry.

Once the stain has dried, use the cloth to wipe the paste away and rinse the surface with water. Keep in mind that after cleaning the surface, never allow it to air dry.

If the stain persists, you can repeat the process several times.