How to Clean Carrara Marble Statues

Written by christopher godwin
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Carrara marble, named after the area in Tuscany, Italy where it is found and mined, is commonly used for flooring, countertops, tables, and sculptures because of its rich history and striking beauty. While marble is fairly strong and easy to maintain, proper cleaning is important if you want to keep Carrara marble statues looking their best, and improper cleaning could damage valuable statues.

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Things you need

  • Clean, lint-free cloth
  • Soft rag or sponge
  • Hot water
  • Stone cleaner

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    With a clean, lint-free cloth, blot up any spills that occur around the Carrara marble statue, on the floor or on any surface where a small statue may be resting. Acidic stains are especially damaging to Carrara marble, and liquids like coffee, fruit and vegetable juices, wine, soda, and toiletry products can dull the finish and lead to permanent stains.

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    After any spills, wipe the statue with a clean, soft rag and hot water to get rid of trace amounts of potentially damaging liquids.

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    Apply a thin layer of specially formulated stone cleaner designed specifically for Carrara marble. Polished surfaces often require a different cleaning and polishing solution than honed Carrara marble.

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    After applying the stone cleaner, buff the marble statue with a clean, lint-free cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • You can tell the difference between honed Carrara marble and polished Carrara marble, as it will be much less slick and seem more porous to the touch.
  • If you are unsure of how to clean your Carrara marble statue, consult a professional service for advice and an initial cleaning. Most companies will advise you on day-to-day maintenance and products they recommend for your particular marble.
  • Never use commercial household cleaning products that are not intended for cleaning Carrara marble. These household cleaners sometimes contain acid, alkali, and other chemicals that can etch or damage the surface or degrade the sealant, leaving the stone more vulnerable to staining.
  • Do not put excess weight on top of any marble statue when cleaning it or storing it. Too much weight on any one section of Carrara marble could cause structural damage because marble is not flexible.
  • Don't keep cosmetics, toiletries, or other chemicals near the statue, especially if you have it in the bathroom, as these may damage the finish if exposed.

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