Marble is a soft stone with a colorful layered pattern that looks similar to your favorite ice cream. This metamorphic rock has been used in everything from Michelangelo’s David, to The Lincoln Memorial, and perhaps even for your kitchen counter. But despite being a strong building material marble has a weakness – its porous surface. Marble is highly susceptible to staining and will expose your most heinous coffee spills.
You may think common cleaners like Windex, bleach, or descaler would remove hard acidic stains without consequence but you would be wrong. These cleaners can cause irreparable damage to your shiny marble surface, also known as etching. (Warning: Acidic-based substances can stain and dissolve just about any stone and it can be especially hazardous to marble.) Etching can scuff and disintegrate your stone and that’s why cleaning and sealing marble is paramount to preserving its beauty and avoiding serious damage.
Due to its beauty and durability, marble remains a favorite element for artists, architects, and creators, so we see it often in some of the most opulent structures. However, it is significantly inexpensive to maintain. Here are a few basic guidelines for nursing your marble stone back to its original brilliance.