Remove Stains and Clean Marble
Marble is a type of metamorphic rock composed mainly of dolomite and calcite, with a white crystalline texture and polychrome veins used in various sculpture and construction materials.
The beauty of this material is unbeatable, but at the same time it is one of the most complicated surfaces to clean, because if we do not take extreme care with this type of pieces we run the risk of damaging them forever.
So, in this article we show you all the tricks you need to know to remove and clean marble stains, which will help you regardless of whether they are yellow, water, rust, vomit or even vinegar!
How to clean marble
For daily cleaning
- Lightly moisten a microfiber cloth with hot water and clean the surface.
- Using another cloth, dry the marble so that there are no water fences.
For thorough cleaning
- Add warm water in a bowl and add a few drops of mild dishwasher detergent and mix it all together. If the marble is dark in colour, the use of hydrogen peroxide (hydrogen peroxide) or acetone is also permitted.
- Wet a cloth in the solution and use it to clean the surface.
- Remove the excess foam produced by the soap using a cloth wet with water.
- Dry the surface as much as you can with a cloth.
Note: marble itself is a delicate and soft material, so it is not recommended the use of vinegar or products with a very low pH (acids) for cleaning, because the brightness and composition of it could be affected, ultimately acquiring a matte and dull appearance.
How to remove marble stains
As a general rule, stains should be removed as soon as possible, but in this case it is important to bear this in mind even more when treating surfaces made of marble.
As we have said, this is a particularly delicate material, which must be worked in a very methodical way so as not to cause any harm. In short, the use of vinegar, bleach or ammonia, as well as tomato, fruit juice, wine or coffee is prohibited.
- Using a cloth, remove any liquid left on the surface, taking care not to expand the stain even further, not to rub and acting from outside to inside.
- In a bowl mix water and baking soda to form a paste.
- Spread the dough over the stain, cover everything with kitchen film and tape the ends with adhesive tape.
- Let water and baking soda mix dry (may take time)
- Once it has dried, remove the remains of the paste and remove the film.
- Rinse the stained area with a little water and then proceed to dry it using a clean microfiber cloth.
Note: if you want to opt for another method, supermarkets now sell specific cleaning products for treating marble stains.
How to polish marble without damaging it
It is normal that as time goes by the marble loses its original shine, so here we will explain how to polish and polish the marble without grating it.
- If the marble is already clean and you only need to polish it, the best and safest option is to gently rub the previously moistened surface with a cloth or suede.
- Due in part to the fact that this stone is particularly sensitive, the use of a specific polishing product is recommended for this type of stone as long as you want to obtain a more intense polish.