Marble Dos & Don’ts: What to Use/Avoid to Keep it Looking Great

At Moreno Granite, we understand the allure of marble. Its timeless elegance and natural beauty elevate any space, from luxurious bathrooms to sophisticated kitchens. But marble, like any other natural stone, requires specific care to maintain its stunning look. To ensure your marble surfaces stay gorgeous for years to come, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide of marble dos and don’ts, including what to use and what to avoid when cleaning, protecting, and using your marble.

Marble Dos & Don'ts

Do: Protect Your Marble from Stains and Etching

Marble is a porous stone, meaning it can absorb liquids and become stained. Here’s how to safeguard your marble:

Use Coasters and Trivets Always: Always place coasters under glasses, especially those containing acidic liquids like wine, coffee, or citrus juice. Similarly, use heat-resistant trivets under hot pots, pans, and dishes.

Clean Up Spills Immediately: Don’t let spills linger. Blot up any spills promptly with a soft, absorbent cloth. The longer a spill sits, the higher the risk of staining.

Seal Your Marble Regularly: Sealant creates an invisible barrier that helps repel liquids and prevent stains. Consult with a professional from Moreno Granite about the best sealant for your specific marble type and how often it needs reapplication.

Don’t: Use Harsh Chemicals or Abrasive Cleaners

Harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaners can dull the marble’s shine and even etch its surface. Here’s what to avoid:

Vinegar, Bleach, Ammonia: These common household cleaners are highly acidic or alkaline and will damage your marble.

Abrasive Sponges or Scouring Powders: These can scratch the surface, leaving permanent marks.

All-Purpose Cleaners: Many general-purpose cleaners contain harsh chemicals that are unsuitable for marble.

Do: Clean Your Marble with Gentle Products

For routine cleaning, stick to gentle products specifically formulated for natural stone. Here’s what to use:

Neutral Stone Cleaners: Look for a pH-neutral stone cleaner designed for marble.

Warm Water and Soft Cloths: For light cleaning, simply dampen a microfiber cloth with warm water and wipe the surface.

Mild Dish Soap (for occasional use): For tougher grime, dilute a small amount of mild dish soap in warm water. Rinse thoroughly and dry completely with a soft cloth.

Don’t: Use Marble as a Chopping Board or Work Surface

While beautiful, marble isn’t ideal for harsh kitchen activities. Here’s why:

Scratching: Marble is softer than granite and can scratch easily from knives and other sharp objects.

Dulling: Constant chopping and cutting can dull the marble’s surface over time.

Do: Use Cutting Boards and Placemats

Protect your marble surfaces by using:

Cutting Boards: Always use a sturdy cutting board for food preparation.

Placemats: Placemats help prevent scratches and absorb spills. A small rug near entryways in kitchens and bathrooms can trap dirt and grit before it reaches the marble floor.

Do: Maintain a Consistent Cleaning Routine

Regular cleaning helps prevent dirt buildup and grime that can be harder to remove later. Here’s how to establish a routine:

Daily Dusting: Use a microfiber cloth to remove dust daily.

Weekly Cleaning: Wipe down your marble surfaces with a pH-neutral stone cleaner or warm water and mild dish soap solution (diluted) once a week.

Prompt Spill Removal: Clean up spills immediately to minimize the risk of staining.

Don’t: Neglect Deep Cleaning or Professional Help

For stubborn stains or concerns about your marble’s condition, consider seeking professional help. Here’s when to call in the experts:

Deep Stains: Some stains might require professional cleaning products or techniques.

Etching: Professional poultices or refinishing might be necessary to address etching.

Resealing: Consult with Moreno Granite to determine if your marble needs resealing and for professional application.

By following these marble dos and don’ts, you can ensure your marble surfaces stay beautiful and functional for years to come. If you have any questions about caring for your specific marble or selecting the right cleaning products,  Moreno Granite’s knowledgeable staff is happy to assist you. Visit our online gallery or contact us today!