That doesn’t, however, warrant failing to clean and care for your marble pieces, because doing so can also cause permanent damage – in the forms of set-in stains, deepened scratches, corrosion and more.
How to Clean Marble Countertops (+ Other Surfaces)
- Read the label of your cleaning product. Do not use anything with acid. Many natural products contain lemon juice and vinegar; avoid these at all costs!
- If you cannot find a product without acid, then create a diluted soap solution by mixing a few drops of mild dish soap with two or more cups of warm water.
- Use a sponge to disperse the solution onto the marble. Rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth.
Marble is porous, and stains are quick-setting; together, these two things can create a recipe for permanent damage. Get to spills and other accidents as soon as they happen – your countertops and furniture will thank you for it.
- For oil stains: Oil won’t exactly work with water-based agents. Try instead a chemical bleach cleaner or ammonia. Make sure to dilute either with a mild soap.
- For mildew: Bleach and water will get the job done!
- For food stains: For common food stains (coffee, wine, fruit), your best bet is a stain remover that combines hydrogen peroxide and ammonia.