MARBLE CARE GUIDE 

To preserve the beauty of your natural stone, you will want to follow a few simple tips.

Coasters: Use coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices. Many foods and drinks contain acids which can etch your marble which is an alkaline material.

Trivets: While many stones can withstand heat, the use of trivets or mats is recommended.

Placemats or felt protectors: To prevent scratching, use placemats or felt pads under china, ceramics, and silver to protect the surface of the marble from rough or course bottoms.

Dusting: Dust frequently using a clean, non-treated dry dust cloth.  Dirt and grit are abrasive and can damage natural stone.

Spills: Blot the spill with a paper towel immediately. Using a mild soap and plenty of water, wash and rinse the area thoroughly. Dry with a soft cloth. Repeat as necessary.

Cleaning

  • Clean stone surfaces with a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. A neutral (ph balanced) stone soap, specifically formulated for natural stone, can also be used.
  • Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft, non-abrasive cloth.
  • Change the rinse water frequently.
  • Similar to any item cleaned in your home, an excessive concentration of cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Follow manufacturer recommendations.

Cleaning Products to Avoid

  • Products containing lemon, vinegar or other acids may dull or etch calcareous stones such as marble.
  • Scouring powders or creams often contain abrasives that may scratch marble.
  • Many commercially available rust removers (laundry rust stain removers, toilet bowl cleaners) contain trace levels of hydrofluoric acid (HF). This acid attacks silicates in addition to other minerals. All stones will be attacked if exposed to HF.
  • Do not mix ammonia and bleach. This combination creates a toxic and lethal gas.
  • Do not use stone cleaners containing petroleum, oils or animal fat. These can permanently darken your stone over time or can build up a residue on the surface similar to a “waxy build-up” on fine wood.

Sealing

Your marble has been sealed with a fifteen-year “sealer.”  Throughout the stone industry, these treatments are referred to as “sealers”; technically, they are “impregnators” which do not actually seal the stone, but act as a repellent. Sealing does not make the stone stain proof; it does, however, make the stone more stain resistant. The sealer used on your marble is non-toxic and safe for use in food preparation areas.

With these good housekeeping practices, you will enjoy the beauty of this gift of nature for many years!

Stain Removal

Most stains will require the use of poultice. This holds the cleaning agent on the stain until the cleaner has been able to do its work.

Poultices can be used on organic stains like tea, coffee and flowers; oil stains like buttermilk, cream (including hand and face lotion) olive and other cooking oils, salad oils,  and mustard; and rust stains from steel wool, metal flower pots, some soils, nails, bolts, screws, cans, etc.   A baking soda poultice will often be sufficient in removing stains.  Make a paste using water.  Apply it to the stain and cover it with a glass turned upside down or tape plastic over the stain.  Allow this to soak 24 hours (keeping the paste moist).  Repeat as necessary.  If a stain remains after the baking soda method is tried, a pre-mixed poultice product can be purchased through BGW.

Try out any cleaner or stain remover on an inconspicuous place to make sure it isn’t going to discolor the stone.