How to clean a marble statuary

Written by brenda priddy
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Marble statues are used in many different places. Some of the most common places to see marble statues is in gardens and graveyards. Garden marble statues can easily acquire dirt and other contaminants such as bird droppings. Many marble statues are old and have not been cleaned in many years. Cleaning marble statues is easy. All it takes is a little bit of soap and some professional marble cleaner. Within a few minutes the marble will start to look just as it did when it was first placed in the garden or graveyard. With regular cleaning, marble statues will look good for many years.

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Things you need

  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Old rags
  • Old towels
  • Stone Care Pro marble cleaner

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  1. 1

    Use the soft brush to wipe down the statue, clearing it of any splatters, spider webs and dirt. Be careful to use light pressure as heavy pressure can cause the marble to scratch.

  2. 2

    Make a solution of warm water in a bucket. Put a few drops of liquid soap in the bucket, and mix it around. Soak an old rag with the solution, and wipe down the entire surface of the statue. Try to get the entire stature wet. Let it sit for 1 to 5 minutes.

  3. 3

    Dip the soft brush into the soapy water. Lightly scrub any stains or stubborn dirt. When the water gets dirty, switch it out with clean water and new soap.

  4. 4

    Rinse the statue with clean, soap-free water. Dry the statue with old towels. Let it dry for 1 to 2 hours until the statue is no longer wet.

  5. 5

    Use a marble cleaner like Stone Care Pro to clean stubborn stains from marble. Spray the solution onto the stain, and let sit for 3 to 5 minutes. Use an old rag to rub the solution into the stain. Rinse with warm water. Repeat on any other stains.

Tips and warnings

  • A toothbrush makes an ideal brush to use in tiny crevices and hard to reach places.
  • A sunny, warm day is the ideal time to clean the marble statues.
  • If the marble statue no longer has its protective coating, the stains will become embedded into the marble. In this case it may be necessary to wash the marble with bleach to eliminate the toughest stains.
  • Do not use bleach on a marble statue that still has its protective coating. The bleach will eat the coating, and the statue will be ruined.

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