Marble screams opulence! Whether your kitchen bench tops are covered in marble, you create a cheese platter at your next gathering using a marble board or you adorn your dinner table with marble salt and pepper shakers or pinch bowls. Marble always gives an elegant high end look however it is used.
There is sometimes the misconception that marble is very difficult to look after and although most people love the look it has, they sometimes shy away from owning it because they believe it is hard to look after.
Marble is easier to look after then you think. Here are some tips on caring for your beautiful pieces.
• Clean up any spills as quickly as possible, especially those acidic substances like lemon juice, alcohol, or tomato sauce.
• Never use vinegar, lemon juice, bleach, bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub and tile cleaners to clean a marble countertop.
• The best way to clean marble is with warm, sudsy water and a nonabrasive cloth or sponge.
• If you do end up with a stain, all hope is not lost. Oil-based stains from grease, cooking oil or cosmetics can clean with a gentle liquid cleanser or mineral spirits. Organic stains like coffee, fruit, or food call for a mixture of 12-percent hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia.
• To help treat stains and etching, try wetting the surface with water and sprinkling on a marble polishing powder. Rub it into the stone with a damp cloth or buffing pad (or a low-speed polisher.)
• For marble floors, use a dust mop often and use only a stone soap or soapless cleaner. Always rinse with clean water and dry. Avoid vacuum cleaners with worn wheels, as they could scratch the surface.
• For marble in the bathroom, be sure your marble is properly sealed. Keep soap scum to a minimum by using a squeegee after each use. Avoid bleach as it will break down the shine.
So if you love Marble too! don't be scared, it really will give you a lot of pleasure with less maintenance that you think.