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How to maintain your marble surfaces after polishing

06 January 2021

MARBLE IS such an attractive stone that it is worth polishing it regularly to keep it looking at its best. This is why many companies employ a professional marble polishing & cleaning service to restore a marble surface to its former glory – it should also help to prevent the build-up of germs in any nooks or crevices that might be present in it, too.

The challenge for many people who have marble in their building, however, is to keep it looking good between professionally conducted polishes. So, if you would like to maintain your marble countertops, floors or panelling to extend its good looks after a polish, then read on.

Dry cleaning
The most important thing you need to do with a marble floor or staircase is to clean it thoroughly with a dry cloth every now and again. Dry cleaning with a soft dust mop is something that you should do every day if the marble is walked over frequently but you don't have to do it this often in places where it does not come into contact with footwear so often. Microfibre cloths can be wrapped around a soft-bristled brush if you don't happen to own a soft dust mop because they will do a good job of removing dust and other airborne particles that have settled on your polished marble.

Wet cleaning
It is worth remembering that marble is a porous rock, so you should only clean it with soapy water when there is a visible build-up of grime on the polished surface. If it is some time since the last polish, then you might like to consider a professional polishing & cleaning service rather than wetting your marble and potentially discolouring it. If you do proceed with a wet clean, then use a mop with only a little detergent added to lots of water. If the water starts to get dirty when you wring your mop out, then you should change it for a fresh supply. After you have mopped your marble surfaces, use a dry towel to soak the water up so that residue marks are not left behind and so that the marble itself does not begin to act like a big sponge and soak it up.

Dealing with stains
Marble is liable to staining because of its porous nature. Therefore, if you notice something has marked it, such as a spillage of coffee or red wine, for example, then take immediate action before the stain gets worse. Use an ammonia-based cleaning product that has been heavily watered down to make it extremely dilute. Anything that is acid-based or abrasive will damage your marble. Take care with ammonia since it can be noxious. Keep the room ventilated as you clean the stain. The best approach is to blot stains with a sponge while wearing rubber gloves. If you rub the stain, then you can make it worse! If you don't have access to a professional cleaning product that contains ammonia, then a useful alternative is to opt for a baking soda solution instead. 

Contact Clean & Tidy today for more information on how to maintain your marble surfaces after polishing.