If your marble floors or countertops are looking a bit lackluster, chances are they're begging for a cleaning.
Then again, those streaks or that surface film could instead signal that you've actually over cleaned the surface, using too much soap.
Yes, the results of over cleaning and under cleaning this stone surface are roughly the same.
Here's how to properly clean them.
Because this natural stone is porous, surface spills can quickly cause a stain. Always clean up spills immediately by blotting with a paper towel.
Don't rub - you can spread the spill. Rinse the surface with water and mild dishwashing liquid, then rinse several times to ensure all of the spill is removed. Dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.
Vinegar, often added as a cleaning agent, is acidic and will make your surface worse. Skip it. Keep it simple and use only warm water to clean it.
This stone spots quite easily, and requires regular maintenance to retain its luster. Give it its due.
For specific stain removal solutions for natural stone, visit the Marble Institute of America.
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