Marble is like a relationship. If you take good care of it, it will last a lifetime. However, always handle your marble piece with care and only clean it with water and a mild detergent. Do not let any liquid penetrate and be aware that acidic and pigmented products can leave traces.
Marble is a product of nature. Mother Nature gives what she has so that each piece is completely unique. There is perfection in imperfection. Small cracks and holes may be present. The beauty of the imperfection and uniqueness of each piece.
◈ Cleaning products
To take care of your marble furniture on a daily basis, use lukewarm water and black soap or Marseille soap. You can use soap flakes diluted in water. Prefer a microfiber fabric to a classic sponge to protect it from scratches. After each cleaning, rinse and dry to avoid unsightly marks.
If your marble piece is very dirty, it can be cleaned with a mixture of water and soda crystals. Use 25cl of soda crystals per liter of water, apply the preparation on the marble and rub gently with a microfiber cloth. Rinse with clear water and dry immediately with a dry cloth to prevent humidity from altering the appearance of the marble.
Blanc de Meudon or Blanc d'Espagne is a natural and non-aggressive product that can be used for cleaning marble on a daily basis. Mix the powder with hot water in a basin until you obtain a paste that is not too thick.
If you want to clean your marble with commercial cleaning products, opt for biodegradable products.
◈ Products to make marble shine
Use a chamois for gentle cleaning and shine your marble surfaces. Vaseline can also be commonly used to restore the sparkle.
Colorless beeswax is ideal for restoring marble's luster and shine. Apply several coats of special marble wax to the stone, use a soft, lint-free cloth and make regular circular movements to make the product penetrate.
You can use a small amount of flaxseed oil. Take a soft cloth and polish the entire surface of the stone. Linseed oil can be replaced with olive oil. This method is suitable for all varieties of marble, whether it is black, white or another color. To erase the traces left by this preparation, rinse with a sponge soaked in clean water and wipe with a dry cloth.
Baking soda is also effective to have a clean and shiny marble. Make a paste with water and baking soda mixed in a container, rub the marble with the preparation until a satisfactory result is obtained. Baking soda can also be used with a few drops of flaxseed oil.
Carbonated water with added clay stone is also a very good method to make your marble pieces shine.
◈ Maintenance and protection of marble
To protect the marble and preserve its splendor, you can use a waterproofing or water-repellent product. This preventive treatment will have the effect of filling the pores of the stone and making it less sensitive to external aggressions like stains, scratches and shocks.
◈ Cleaning marble stains
We leave you with several solutions available for you to clean marble stains. Depending on the nature of the stain, several processes can be used to get rid of a stain on a marble surface, such as soapy water with black soap.
◈ Greasy stain on the marble
To remove recent greasy stains, make a poultice of dishwashing liquid and flour. Leave for a few moments before rinsing and wiping. You can sprinkle cornstarch on the stained area to suck up the grease. If it is an old stain that is already encrusted, Terre de Sommières is effective.
◈ Acid stain
Stains from vinegar, lemon and other acidic substances can be removed with a mixture of water and baking soda.
◈ Rust stain
Pour a few drops of hydrogen peroxide only on the stained part and rub in circular motions until the stain fades. Do not forget to rinse, this product is aggressive.
Use a cloth soaked in ammonia diluted in a little water to rub the dirty area.
◈ Soot or smoke stain
In a basin, mix bleach and Meudon white. Rub the stain with the resulting paste and rinse. If it is a cigarette burn stain, gently rub the surface with fine-grit steel wool.
If the stains persist after applying all these solutions, seek advice from a professional
◈ Marble maintenance: gestures and products to avoid
All acidic products such as vinegar, lemon and anti-limestone are to be avoided, they could damage the marble and tarnish it in the long term. The same is true for bleach-based products and other strippers. Prefer products with neutral PH.
Never wash your marble furniture with plenty of water. Marble is a porous material that does not like excess humidity.
Avoid using an abrasive sponge or scraper for marble degrading even if there is a stubborn stain. Choose softer tools such as a microfiber cloth so as not to scratch the surface of the stone.
In the event of a recent stain or splash, do not let it become embedded, act quickly.
If you have any questions regarding the maintenance of your marble, do not hesitate to contact us.
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