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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 (21)

Anonymous
March 5, 2019
I usually use some really diluted soapy water to clean my marble counter top. But at least once a quarter, I use a proper cleaner to clean more deeply. Our store sells this Weiman stone cleaner https://amzn.to/2HftU0C and we've found it to be very good.
Anonymous
July 11, 2018
Can I use my marble counter top to process pastry or bread dough? If so how do I care for the marble
Anonymous
February 19, 2018
i spilled floor wax on my marble counter and it has dryed, what is the best way to remove it without scratching the marble. Could i use soft scrub?
Anonymous
May 22, 2017
you suggest using a "poultice made especially for draw(ing)-out stains" to care for marble tops. What should the poultice be made of???
Anonymous
June 2, 2016
I have black marble floors in my closet. My cat has puked on them twice during the night. By morning when I see it and clean it up, the acid (i assume) in the cats gastric juices has etched the shiny finish off the marble. It leaves the very visible look on the marble of where the cat puked. Not good!!! I cant get it off. What can i do to resurface the dulled area?
Anonymous
December 3, 2013
For honed marble, you can try this: http://www.vermontquarries.com/images/CareMaintenance.pdf Works on all marble, not just Vermont Danby
Anonymous
January 3, 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
Anonymous
March 16, 2009
where can I find information on granite surface care?
Anonymous
March 12, 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.
Anonymous
March 10, 2009
Simply Green cleaner and Simply Green polish will do a fantastic job on your granite. I won't use anything else!
Anonymous
March 10, 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.
Anonymous
March 10, 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?
Anonymous
March 10, 2009
Someone could help me with the information of GRANITE SURFCE CARE? Thanks and have anice day!
Anonymous
March 10, 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.
Anonymous
March 10, 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.
Anonymous
March 10, 2009
http://www.marble-institute.com/consumerresources/stains.cfm Scroll down until you see the section on poultices......
Anonymous
March 10, 2009
http://www.marble-institute.com/consumerresources/stains.cfm Scroll down until you see the section on poultices......
Anonymous
March 10, 2009
http://www.marble-institute.com/consumerresources/stains.cfm Scroll down until you see the section on poultices......
Anonymous
March 10, 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.
Anonymous
March 10, 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.
Anonymous
March 9, 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?