There is no denying as a building material or when used in furniture design or even art, stone is very popular, and with good reason. It looks great.
However, it is incredibly porous, and can be etched by acids and stains easily.
The best way to avoid soil being absorbed in marble surfaces and to prevent stains, is to give it a protective seal and keep in mind the following maintenance and care tips:
- Keep alkaline substances away. Alkaline-based solutions can be absorbed by marble and deteriorate its surface giving it a rough texture
- Prevent acids coming into contact with marble as these can etch the surface
- Wipe and clean any spills when they happen, in the same way you would with wooden surfaces
- Try to avoid putting hot and cold beverages onto marble without a coaster as they can leave rings
If sealed properly, they should be easy to clean with a damp mop. However, if any soil or dirt does not wash off, try using a mild detergent with some water.
You should always remove any stains you find immediately. JustWedi who supply waterproof tile backing boards, have these tips for you to follow in order to increase the lifespan of your tiles.
To remove stains, get some kind of absorbent cloth, like a facial tissue, paper towel or even a napkin and dampen it with a suitable chemical designed to work on the stain.
Mix the chemical with some whiting to create a soft paste and then coat the stain with this solution.
This should be kept in place for at least 1 to 48 hours. The amount of time you leave it depends on the depth and age of the stain.
If necessary, use plastic wrapping, like cling film, with some masking tape to keep the area damp.
Only make enough solution to use immediately.
Rust is usually caused by metallic items like metal plant pots and lamps. This can be removed using high quality rust stain remover.
Just follow the instructions on the container and avoid leaving it on the surface for longer than necessary as rust removers can etch marble.
Removing Organic Stains
Organic stains come in many forms such as those caused by colour bleaching from soft drinks, textiles and paper, as well as coffee and tea.
Get a cloth or some other fabric and soak it in 20% hydrogen peroxide, mixing in a couple of drops of ammonia.
Removing Oil Stains
Oil stains may be caused by hand lotion, cream or butter. The best approach is to quickly cover the surface of the stain with an absorbent powdery product like corn starch.
Leave it for a few minutes and then brush it off to remove it. If necessary, apply more corn starch and leave it to stand for 24 hours at least.
Then use a stiff brush and a hot detergent mixture or cloth soaked in ammonia. Rinse the surface off and wipe it dry.
If you still find traces of the stains, try using a solvent-based solution. The easiest way to do this is by soaking a cloth with some amyl acetate or acetone.
Open windows to allow for proper ventilation and try to avoid leaving the solution on the stain for longer than necessary.
Dealing with Acids
Different acids like carbonated beverages, fruit juices and many others can damper or etch the shiny surface of the marble if left too long.
Therefore, wipe any acid spills you notice as soon as you can, using a wet cloth. If there is any etching on the marble surface, you may need to use a polish to correct it.
While marble is a fantastic and luxurious construction material, keeping these tips in mind will mean that they last longer in your building or home.