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Marble Surface Care

Martha Stewart Living, October 2000

Marble is a beautiful surface for counters and tabletops. But because it is quite soft and porous, marble can easily be stained, scratched, and chipped. To help prevent staining, marble surfaces are often coated with protective sealers. Depending on use, these coatings should be reapplied every year or two. Regular cleanings should be as gentle as possible. Dust the surface once or twice a week with a soft cloth. Wash the marble periodically with a cloth dampened with warm water, and, if necessary, a bit of mild dishwashing liquid. Remove the soap with another damp cloth. Never use dusting sprays or abrasive cleaners on your marble. Apply marble polish (available in hardware stores) on a regular basis to maintain the stone's luster.

To prevent ring marks, place coasters or trivets under glasses and dishes. Use mats or runners beneath hard objects that might scratch the surface. And always blot spills up immediately and rinse with a clean, damp cloth. If your marble does stain, you can try to remove it with a poultice made especially for drawing out stains.

Comments (16)

  • Todd Robertson 3 Dec, 2013

    For honed marble, you can try this:

    Works on all marble, not just Vermont Danby

  • Gemhoney 3 Jan, 2010

    I have a fireplace in my bedroom which has beautiful marble enclosure. Over the years it has become very soot covered. How do I clean the soot off the marble? None of my regular household cleaners seem to work Thank you for your assistance. Judy

  • SallyOwens 16 Mar, 2009

    where can I find information on granite surface care?

  • smumom 12 Mar, 2009

    There is a vast difference in the care of marble and granite. The article above is referring to MARBLE not granite. Be certain which stone you have--marble, granite, or manufactured (man-made)--to know what care it needs.

  • cjminniear 10 Mar, 2009

    Simply Green cleaner and Simply Green polish will do a fantastic job on your granite. I won't use anything else!

  • kpage117 10 Mar, 2009

    Granite is not the same as Marble. Granite is composed of silicate minerals (mostly silica and oxygen, and therefore pretty tough stuff), while marble in made of calcium carbonate (much softer than a knife. Totally different materials, so cleaning and maintainace are very different.

  • egrantva 10 Mar, 2009

    Your article states not to use dusting polish on granite. Are you referring to Pledge, which indicates use on wood, as well as granite and stainless steel? May I add that it does a remarkably beautiful job on all three for shine and short-term protection. Exactly how would that be harmful to granite, and perhaps you could also expand on how you can distinguish "proper" sealing vs. "improperly applied sealing." How can you tell someone did a bad job with the sealing process?

  • TULIPAN 10 Mar, 2009

    Someone could help me with the information of GRANITE SURFCE CARE?
    Thanks and have anice day!

  • DotK 10 Mar, 2009

    To quirkyart...if your round table top got chipped by a professional mover, his insurance should cover the repair or replacement of the top. The fact that he rolled the top doesn't sound too professional.

  • quirkyart 10 Mar, 2009

    Any thoughts on how to best repair chips in marble? The edge of my round marble table top got chipped from a mover rolling it (argh!). I am wondering if I need to get it fixed by a professional.

  • Webwoman 10 Mar, 2009

    Scroll down until you see the section on poultices......

  • Webwoman 10 Mar, 2009

    Scroll down until you see the section on poultices......

  • Webwoman 10 Mar, 2009

    Scroll down until you see the section on poultices......

  • slave2laundry 10 Mar, 2009

    In severe cases, a stain may require a granite cleansing poultice. A poultice for care of granite countertops can be made by combining a tablespoon or two of dish soap with a cup of white flour and enough water to make a paste. To use the paste, spread it over the stain, and lay plastic wrap over the paste. By letting this set overnight, the flour will have time to absorb the stain back out of the granite counter top surface.

  • crisbysea 10 Mar, 2009

    I use baking soda dampened with a little bit of water so it's paste-like. Then, I let it sit overnight and it usually works. I have honed marble.

  • LadyGodiva 9 Mar, 2009

    MARBLE SURFACE CARE: What the heck is " a poultice made expecially for drawing out stains" ???? Where do you buy it? Or how do you make it...and with what ingrediennts?