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Marble Care And Maintenance Tips

Here at Jacksonville Tile Pro, we want to help. Marble is a stone that is generally polished and used in homes, buildings, furniture, and decorative pieces such as tables. the applications are limitless. It could be white or many different colors. It is porous, and easily stained. You need to Wipe off anything spilled on marble immediately, as you would on a wood surface. Try not to set a glass directly on marble, because it will leave rings.


Regular Cleaning

Occasionally wash marble surfaces with luke warm water and wipe dry with a clean cloth. Wiping the surface with a damp chamois wont leave streaks. Once or twice a year, wash with a mild detergent solution (dish-washing detergent and warm water), rinse and wipe dry.

A light coat of wax protects the surface of marble but is not considered essential. Use colorless wax. Please Don't wax white marble as it tends to yellow it. Marble sealers can be applied to clean marble. It protects from staining and it allows soil to be wiped off with a damp cloth.

Special Cleaning

Marble which has become dull to the look, can be brought back to life by using a marble cleaner and polish. You can purchase it at your local tile dealer. Companies generally carry imported polish and cleaners, which are used on softer imported marbles and are safe for the harder marble thats manufactured here in the U.S. They work faster and easier than old "marble care kits" which you used to be able to get at your local marble companies.

(Tin Oxide) which is referred to as Putty Powder, can be used to polish dull surfaces, rubbing on with a damp cloth, folding and refolding to clean the damp areas, and it's best if you used an electric polisher for buffing. Badly damaged surfaces, scratched or etched, can be polished by a professional.

Stain Removal

Make a poultice from white absorbent material such as a napkin, blotter, paper towel or facial tissue, dampened with the chemical recommended below to dissolve that stain; or mix whiting with that chemical to make a soft paste to cover the stain. The poultice should be left on the stain from 1 hour up to 48 hours, depending on the age and depth of the stain. Plastic wrap, held in place by masking tape, can be put over the poultice to keep it damp; otherwise it will have to be re-dampened with the chemical periodically. Mix only enough poultice for immediate use; mix a second batch later if another application is needed.

Organic Stains

Tea, coffee, colors bleached from paper, textiles or soft drinks. Make poultice soaked with 20% peroxide (hair bleaching strength) and a few drops of ammonia.

Oil Stains

Oil stains may include butter, hand cream or lotion. As soon as possible, spread surface with an absorbent fine powder such as whiting or even corn starch. After short time brush to remove and reapply more powder. Let stand 24 hours. To remove: Scrub with hot, sudsy (detergent) solution and stiff brush. Or wipe with ammonia-dampened cloth. In either case, then rinse and wipe dry. If these alkaline solutions don't remove all the oil, you can try a solvent. Make a poultice dampened with acetone or amyl acetate (available at drug stores), or with home dry cleaning fluid. Use good ventilation with windows open to remove fumes, do not use near spark or flame, and do not leave on too long.

Rust Stains

Usually the result of metal items such as a lamp, metal container in which plant is placed etc. Use a commercial rust stain remover. Follow directions exactly and do not leave on surface very long as acid in many rust removers can etch the surface.

Acids Fruit juice, carbonated beverages or other acids will etch (remove shiny surface) if allowed to remain on marble. Wipe up acid spill immediately, and wipe surface with wet cloth. If surfaced is etched, polishing may be required.

Basic Do's And Don'ts

• DO use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus juices.

• DO use trivets or mats under hot dishes or cookware.

• DO use place mats under china, ceramics, ilver or other objects that may scratch your stone’s surface.

• DO place a small rug or mat at entryways to trap dirt and sand from normal foot traffic.

• DO dust countertops, islands, vanities and floors frequently.

• DO blot up spills immediately to minimize permanent damage to the stone.

• DO clean surfaces regularly with neutral cleaners designed for stone.

• DON’T use vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general purpose cleaners.

• DON’T use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub and tile cleaners.

• DON’T use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.

• DON’T use alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for stone


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