Marble has been around for hundreds of years; because of its versatility and beauty, it has been used in everything from buildings such as the Taj Mahal, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial, to sculptures and tombstones. Because it is durable, easy to care for, and comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, it has also become a popular addition for many home owners. But if you have made an investment to include cultured marble in your home, there are certain things that you will want to make sure that you never use on these surfaces. By avoiding these products, your marble may last longer than your home will.
While you have likely heard that you can clean almost anything in your home with vinegar, you do not want to use it on your natural marble counters, floors, or shower walls. Due to the acid in your vinegar, it will dull or etch the surface of what it is used on.
Other acidic foods and products that you will want to make sure that you avoid getting on your countertops include the following:
- Lemon juice
- Fruit juices
- Tomato sauce
- Soda and more
If you spill any of these on your marble countertops, make sure that they are cleaned up immediately before they have a chance to stain. If you do happen to dull the surface of your marble with vinegar, or any other acidic solution, use a high quality marble polishing compound to remove the etching and renew your surface.
Kitchen Cleaning Products
Although you may be tempted to spray your cultured marble countertops down with the same solution you are using to clean your sinks and the fronts of your appliances, you do not want to do this. Many of these cleaners contain bleach or ammonia, which will cause your marble to dull over time.
Always use a plain water-based cleaner, or a pH-neutral cleaner that has been specially designed for use on your natural stone. Once this is sprayed on, always use a soft microfiber type of cloth and ensure that your counters are left dry.
Bathroom Cleaning Products
Along with the bleach and ammonia that can be found in your kitchen cleaning products, many bathroom cleaning products also contain other harsh chemicals and abrasives that are not suitable for your marble surfaces. The abrasives in these chemicals that are designed to make cleaning your bathroom surfaces easier will quickly damage your marble stone.
For the same reason that you do not want to use cleaners with any type of adhesives in them, you also do not want to use any type of scrubbing pads. You do not want to use those made of copper, nylon, or any other type of synthetic fibers. All of these will scratch and remove the sheen off of your cultured marble.
If you have scuff marks, or spots that will not easily wipe off, use a soft felt pad and a neutral pH cleaner. Although you may be tempted to attempt to clean these off using a circular motion, resist the urge. Wipe back and forth in a straight line that goes along the grain of your marble.
If your marble is no longer shiny and bright, or if it is scratched, or stained, you may need the services of a professional marble cleaning company, such as All American Stone & Tile Care Inc., to get your marble back to the beautiful surface that you know it can be. They will possess the tools, knowledge, and experience to not only clean your marble, but to restore it to a point that it will last you for years to come.