Marble sets perfect floorings and counter tops in a home. But the only drawback it has is that it is susceptible to stains and grime collection. It also becomes dull overtime, so it is important to take care of it properly. This requires learning the basic ways of maintaining the life of marble and removing stains from it – either from countertops or from floors.
To care for the classic beauty of your marble flooring and countertops, follow these tips:
- Never place sharp objects over marble You should add a small padding to undersides of chairs and tables, and use coasters and mats under glass and appliances.
- Marble gets etched with acidic substances. So clean a spill of lemon juice, alcohol, vinegar, orange juice, or tomato sauce immediately. It has to be wiped right away, otherwise the acid will react and nab at the calcium carbonate of the stone, leaving dark spots or rings on the marble surface. Even bleach will ruin marble. Wash off with sudsy water and nonabrasive sponges or a cloth.
- Use a spray sealant once a month to reduce etching and stains forming on marble floors and counter tops.
Here is how you can get rid of different stains:
- Oil-based stains, such as grease or cooking oil, should be cleaned with a soft liquid cleanser or household detergent. Cosmetics are oil-based too, and should be removed with the same remedy, or with mineral spirit.
- Organic stains, like foods, fruit, tea, or coffee, should be cleaned with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia.
- Rust stains cause by metals should be removed with a poultice. But they are permanent and impossible to remove from marble.
- Paint stains are removed with lacquer thinner, or they can be scrapped off very carefully with a razor blade.
- Water rings or spots have to be cleaned with dry steel wool.
- Ink or crayon stains can be removed with nail polish remover, or with hydrogen peroxide.