How to Clean Marble

5 cleaning tips to bring back the luster of this stone surface without damaging its natural beauty.

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.

1. Keep marble Surfaces Clean with mild liquid dish detergent.

  • Clean with mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. You can also use a neutral cleaner or marble soap. Use a rag mop for floors; a soft cloth for other surfaces. 
  • Always thoroughly rinse the surface to remove the cleaning solution. Dry all surfaces with a soft cloth.
  • Avoid cleaners that contain lemon, vinegar, or other acids; as well as scouring powders or creams. These often contain abrasives that can dull or etch calcareous stones.

2. act quickly on surface spills.

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.

3. Use only Warm Water on floors and counters.

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.

4. Polish Dry with a Clean Cloth.

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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