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Marble Cleaning and Restoration Procedures


When marble is first installed it will look shiny and polished and the various patterns in the marble stone will give it the beautiful and unique look that only a natural stone has. There is a price that must be paid for the unique look and beauty of this natural stone. Marble must be properly cleaned and maintained on a regular basis to keep it looking shiny and new. Also since marble is a soft stone the shiny polished look must be periodically restored by polishing it.

Cleaning, maintaining and protecting the polished look of marble is extremely important. Marble must be protected from all types of harsh cleaning products, soaps and acidic cooking products. Many people do not realize how easy it is to etch marble tiles with just normal shampoos, shaving creams or acidic food products. Normal everyday cooking products such as lemon juice, vinegar and wine can stain and severely etch the polished finish. When marble is etched or stained it is impossible to remove these etch and stain marks with normal cleaning products and procedures. Only gentle stone cleaners should be used on marble surfaces and all spills and contaminates must be immediately wiped away to prevent them from etching the polished finish.

Sealing marble is extremely important especially on floors, counter tops and showers. Marble is not as dense as granite so spills and stains can be absorbed by this stone. Sealing marble will protect it from absorbing stains and contaminates. Also by sealing it you will protect the finish from becoming etched with acidic products. Sealing is not a total solution for preventing etch marks and it definitely will not prevent the marble from scratches and the dulling effects of foot traffic on floors. Sealing still is a great way to protect the stones natural beauty from becoming etched and absorbing stains and contaminates.

Even with the most stringent care and maintenance plans marble will still loose its shiny and glossy appearance over time. Scratches and micro abrasions in the finish will cause it to lose the shiny, glossy and reflective appearance it had when it was first installed. Marble must be polished on a regular basis to restore the shiny and glossy appearance that it had when it was first installed.