Marble is a highly desired and luxurious stone that many homeowners will install in their home. Marble is used for countertops, flooring, and bathroom siding. Marble has that white stone with those black streaks can make any room look elegant. Yet, as beautiful as marble is, it is also one of the more demanding natural stones you can install inside your home. Marble is vulnerable to acidic substances and is prone to etching. To prevent your marble from decaying before your eyes, it is essential to properly maintain the stone. Heart of Texas Chem-Dry will share how to properly maintain and extend the life of your marble.
Daily Marble Care Needs
To begin, it is important to never leave spills or place food directly on the surface of the marble. Always use coasters and plates for food and wipe the counter top clean as soon as a spill occurs. Marble is truly a bad stone for meal prep areas as you never want citrus fruits, soda, coffee, vinegar or juice to ever make contact with the surface. Also you will want to avoid placing hot drinks or pans on top of the countertops as the heat can melt down the marble’s protective layer.
How to Clean Marble
For marble floors, make sure to keep them cleaned daily as well. Use a soft dry dust mop to clean off the dirt and grim that falls on the marble. In addition, clean the floor once a week with a marble floor approved cleaner. Never use any cleaner that is not approved to clean marble stone. Many cleaners contain harsh chemicals that will only damage the stone. Never use any vinegar, ammonia, or home made based cleaners as well. Marble is a very soft stone and cannot be exposed to high PH cleaners. Marble requires a neutral PH cleaner and a soft cleaning cloth. You can use water for quick clean ups, but make sure to use a marble protective cleaner once a week.
Marble requires maintenance, such as polishing and resealing. As the marble surface becomes etched, these etch marks can be sanded down and then polished smooth. The sealer will need to be reapplied to ensure the surface is protected. For those who work hard to avoid etching the surface of the marble, the stone will still require resealing every so often. Depending on the quality of sealer used on the marble, the time you need to reseal will vary. To know when it is time to reseal the stone you can perform a simple test. Pour about ¼ cup of water on the stone, leave the water on the stone for a few minutes. Wipe away the water and look at the spot. If there is a dark damp spot on the stone you need to reseal the stone.
Natural Stone Cleaning, Sealing & More in Waco, Dallas, Harker Heights, Cedar Park, Allen & the State of Texas
When it comes time to reseal and polish marble it is best to leave this task in the hands of a professional. Heart of Texas Chem-Dry provides natural stone maintenance service and so much more. Contact Heart of Texas Chem-Dry and schedule our services today.