How to clean marble table tops

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How to clean marble table tops
Marble tabletops are popular for their beauty and unique appearance. (marble texture image by ril from

Marble is a natural, durable stone popular with homeowners as a material for flooring and tabletops. Marble is a type of limestone that is filled with impurities such as silt, salt and iron, creating a unique veining pattern throughout the stone. Marble is more porous than other types of stone and requires routine cleaning to prevent pitting and to keep the surface shiny and new.

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Things you need

  • Soft rags
  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Soft cloth
  • Marble polish
  • Chamois cloth

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    Blot up spills as soon as possible. Marble is a softer stone than other types of tabletops and can be damaged by liquids such as soda and citrus juice. Lay a rag over the spill and press down firmly to draw as much liquid out of the marble as possible.

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    Combine one part baking soda, one part dish soap and eight parts water in a bowl and stir to combine. Dip a clean rag in the mixture and scrub the table, working in a circular motion. The baking soda is a gentle abrasive that will remove surface stains, and the dish soap removes grease and oils from the marble.

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    Wet another rag with clean water and wipe the baking soda mixture from the marble, rinsing the rag between passes. If stubborn stains remain on the table, pour a small amount of the baking soda on the stain and allow it to sit for three hours, then wipe clean to remove the stain.

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    Dry the tabletop with a soft cloth. If you leave the surface to air-dry, the tabletop will appear dull. Work in small circles to remove any baking soda residue from the table.

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    Spray the tabletop with a light coating of marble polish and buff with a chamois cloth. Marble polish coats the porous surface of the table with a layer of wax that adds shine and protects the table from future damage.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure to use coasters to prevent rings from forming on the table. Coasters will help prevent rings and surface stains.
  • Don’t touch the table immediately after using lotions or hand creams. Oils from these products will soak into the marble and stain the stone.

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