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How to Clean White Marble

Marble is a type of natural stone and is naturally porous. Because of these factors, marble must be cleaned carefully to ensure the surface isn't scratched or damaged, creating crevices where stains can settle. Cleaning your white marble surface on a daily basis will keep it in great shape, and periodic extra care helps to ensure you maintain the beautiful, natural stone surface of your white marble.

Dampen a clean chamois, making sure to remove any excess water. Wipe your white marble surface down with the chamois on a daily basis, then follow by drying with a clean, dry cloth. Doing this helps to prevent food, make-up or other stains from forming on your white marble surface.

Mix three drops of mild hand dishwashing detergent in a bowl with 2 cups of water. Use this diluted soapy solution to wash off your white marble surface on a weekly basis. Follow by rinsing your white marble surface with a clean cloth, dampened in cool water.

Dry your white marble surface with a clean, dry cloth.

Pour marble polish on a clean, white cloth to polish and shine your white marble surface once or twice a year. Using marble polish restores the natural shine of your white marble surface and takes years off its appearance.

Remove stains from white marble with a poultice.

Wet a folded paper towel with 20 per cent hydrogen peroxide. Lay the wet paper towel over the stain on your white marble.

Cover the poultice on your white marble surface with a piece of cling film. Tape the poultice in place with masking tape. Allow the poultice to sit on your white marble surface for up to 48 hours.

Lift the corner of the poultice on your white marble surface to check the stain-removal process. Begin checking after the poultice has been in place for three hours.

Remove the cling film and poultice from your white marble surface. Wipe the surface down with a clean cloth, dampened with cool water. Dry with a clean cloth.

Tip

Coasters, towels and mats placed on your white marble surface will prevent many stains from occurring.

Warning

Avoid using baking soda or abrasive cleaners on your white marble surface as they will scratch the natural stone.

Things You'll Need

  • Chamois
  • Water
  • Clean cloths
  • Mild hand dishwashing detergent
  • Measuring cup
  • Bowl
  • Marble polish
  • 20 per cent hydrogen peroxide
  • Paper towels
  • Cling film
  • Masking tape
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About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.