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How to care for an outdoor marble table top

Recognised for their assorted colours, stability and exceptional longevity, marble table tops can add elegance and aesthetic appeal to patio areas and gardens. Although marble table tops are extremely durable, they require proper care to protect them from outdoor elements. Airborne dirt and dust particles can scratch marble surfaces, while acid in bird droppings will dull marble over time. Regularly cleaning and maintaining marble table tops preserves their natural colours and allows them to endure many years of use.

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  1. Mix three drops of neutral pH cleaner with 1 litre (1 quart) of warm water in a clean container.

  2. Fill another clean container with plain warm water.

  3. Moisten a microfibre cloth in the solution. Wipe the moistened rag over the marble table top to remove food particles, organic debris and grime. As you clean, rinse the rag in the container of warm water to avoid reapplying abrasive debris to the table top.

  4. Rinse the table top with fresh warm water using a clean microfibre cloth.

  5. Wipe the table top with a clean terry cloth towel to remove all moisture from the marble.

  6. Apply a coat of impregnating stone sealer to the surface every two years to prevent water-based and oil-based stains from permeating the porous marble surface. Follow the sealer manufacturer's directions for proper application techniques.

  7. Tip

    Immediately blot up liquid spills to prevent them from spreading and staining the marble surface.


    Acid-based cleaning products and solutions, such as lemon juice and vinegar, can etch marble tabletops.

    Scouring powders and abrasive sponges can scratch marble tabletops.

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Things You'll Need

  • Neutral pH cleaner
  • 2 Clean containers
  • 2 Microfibre cloths
  • Clean terry cloth towel
  • Impregnating stone sealer

About the Author

April Dowling

April Dowling first started writing in high school and has written many news articles for newspaper and yearbook publications. She is currently pursuing a career as an online writer and affiliate marketer. Dowling writes for several websites and keeps many blogs.

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