How to Clean and Maintain your marble furniture
Natural stone contains a variety of minerals that can react adversely to some chemicals. Commercial cleaners often contain chemicals that can disturb the delicate PH balance of the stone and the minerals and destroy the look and feel of the stone. Some cleaners that contain lemon or vinegar are acidic and can etch the surface. Stone soaps and cleaners are PH balanced and designed to gently penetrate porous surfaces and lift in-grained dirt. To avoid damage use only recommended products.
Cleaning Do’s and Don’ts
Do dust furniture frequently.
Do clean surfaces with mild detergent or stone soap.
Do thoroughly rinse and dry the surface with clean, clear water after washing.
Do blot up spills immediately.
Do protect surfaces with coasters, trivets, or placemats.
Don’t use vinegar, lemon juice, or other cleaners containing acids on marble, limestone, travertine, or onyx surfaces.
Don’t use cleaners that contain acid
Don’t use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
Don’t mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas.
Don’t ever mix chemicals together unless directions specifically instruct you to do so.
Daily Cleaning Procedures and Recommendations
Gentle, non-abrasive dish soap
Dish cloth or cleaning rag
Soft, absorbent towel
- Mix warm water and gentle dish soap:Fill a spray bottle with warm water and add about a tablespoon of gentle, non-abrasive dish soap. Don’t use anything with acid or lemon juice. Shake gently to mix the soap and water.
- Spray the counter with the dish soap solution:Spray the countertop lightly with the warm dish soap solution.
- Wipe with a hot, wet dish cloth:Wipe the soapy water off the counter with a wet dish cloth.
- Dry with an absorbent towel:Rub the countertop dry and buff with a soft, absorbent towel.
Use a clean soft cloth for best results. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar, or other acids on marble or limestone. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.