Marble Care Tips From the Experts in Richmond
You always want to be careful when cleaning marble. There are cleaners on the market that claim to be safe for marble, but how they say this is really misleading. Even though it's OK to use these “made for stone cleaning” products on a polished marble surface, the seal gets worn down over time and needs to be redone.
The problem is that you're never really sure as a consumer when the polish is so far gone that cleaners can affect the marble itself. And although manufacturers and sellers of marble always advise to keep the marble polished, for differing reasons the marble can go years without being kept up. That means it's vulnerable to those cleaners that claim to be harmless for polished marble.
Instead, all you need to use is a damp mop or damp towel to clean it, but ONLY after you thoroughly vacuum the area (even countertops) because otherwise the sand and other debris will only just be moved around and the damp towel can grab it and scratch the marble.
While this may mean you could be cleaning a little more often, it's an easy cleanup versus one where you're trying to scrub some other material that's difficult to clean.
For kitchen countertops or tops for vanities, all you do is wipe them with a sponge or rag dipped in warm water and rung out. Be careful not to rub grainy substances or substances that can scratch over the surface while cleaning.
Marble is formed in the earth, but it's also varied, and the differences in type can mean a difference in how long the polish or seal lasts. If you're not sure whether your marble needs repolishing, just take a look at how dull it seems.
You should never have to purchase a polisher or any kind of product to polish it yourself. If the surface is dulling, that means it's wearing down and you need to call for a polishing service.
At Natural Stoneworks, LLC, we fabricate stone, and polishing is a part of this fabrication process which is done prior to installation. So you can be sure that when you purchase the marble, it will be polished and shined to the degree you desire. Thereafter, it will be up to you to have the material repolished so the seal protects the marble fully once again.
Marble is easy to scratch and is porous even though it's a very hard substance. This has to do with how the crystals are formed within the material when it's being heated and pressured by the earth over differing amounts of time.
No matter which quarry or area of the earth it's taken from, marble has to be polished and sealed in order to protect it for differing uses. Some marble surfaces may be wall cladding, which gets little surface damage, while other areas such as countertops or flooring can get a lot of traffic and things that pass around on the surface like sand, home furnishings, pets, or kids’ toys. So the marble could be fine in one area and need repolishing in another area years sooner.
The best way for you to tell whether marble needs repolishing is to take a look at the shine. If the shine is worn off or the material looks dull, it's time to call in a professional to polish it. While there are many who will attempt to use a product or DIY techniques, often you end up with a damaged material that has to be professionally restored.
Regular cleaning is all marble needs. A damp mop or towel with warm water is all that's required. Just find a method of drying it off after you mop and you won't see streaks if you rinse and use clean water. Try a fan – it will quickly dry the area before it can streak.
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