Marble is beautiful, but it won't stay that way if you don't take care of it! Marble can be scratched, stained, discolored or permanently scarred. Avoid a costly marble countertop replacement or repair by using proper cleaning methods and regularly maintaining your countertop.
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It’s important to clean up spills as soon as they occur because marble is a porous stone, meaning spills that are left on your countertops will seep into the pores. Over time, this could lead to cracks or, worse, the spread of bacteria.
Prevent water damage. Never allow wet dishes, glasses or water to stay on a marble countertop. Water can seep into the stone and leave a permanent watermark. Once you have a watermark, the only way to remove it is with professional polishing.
Use only marble-safe cleaning products. Most household cleaners contain acid and should not be used to clean marble because they erode the stone. This includes cleaners with natural citric acids and vinegar. Phosphate-free solutions are okay, but it’s important to rinse the soap off of your counters immediately with warm water to avoid drying out the marble.
Use a soft, clean sponge and warm water to clean your countertops. Always dry the marble quickly with a soft cloth to avoid watermarks.
If your marble is stained and gentle cleaning with a sponge isn’t sufficient, try dry borax. Borax is a water conditioner used for odor control and stain removal with heavy laundry. Sprinkle a small amount of borax on the stained surface and then repeat the sponge method in step #4.
Repair scratches. Marble is more vulnerable to scratches and cuts than other common countertop materials. Luckily, surface scratches are fairly simple to remove. Wet the surface of some fine-grained sandpaper and gently sand away the surface scratches. Keep the sandpaper wet at all times to avoid damaging the marble.
If you want to buff your marble to a lustrous shine, check your local home improvement store for basic over-the-counter marble polishing products.