Marble is classified as a calcareous stone. It’s written mainly of calcium carbonate (just like shells and pearls). However, as Calcium Carbonate is sensitive to acidic solutions, any dab of lemon juice or other acidic spill will leave a subtle mark.
That’s why we will need to warn you: do not, by any means, use vinegar .
So, how do you wash your marble countertops?
Take a bowl and mix warm water and gentle dish soap (be sure it doesn’t contain any kind of acid). Fill a spray bottle with it, and then spray the counter lightly.
Even the glasses and cups that have an acidic solution can permeate its content to your own marble and harm it. So, use coasters all the time.
If your marble isn’t on the kitchen countertops, but on your floors, you may want mop as frequently as possible. Don’t forget to use a clean rag. If you use a solution, go for one that’s mostly alkaline.
If you choose to vacuum, make sure that every component of your vacuum is in good condition in order to prevent scratching the surface of the floor.
You can also use rugs and mats to minimize the number of dirt and dust in your floors, because they may scratch the stone.
You may say: yes, well, my marble is sealed. This is a great thing to have! But using a sealed marble doesn’t mean that it’s incorruptible, it just makes it more resistant.
So, when an accident occurs and you have an ugly stain in your rock, identifying the sort of stain is the key to removing it.
Oil-based stains: Clean gently with a soft, liquid cleanser with one of the following: household detergent, mineral spirits, or acetone.
Organic: A coffee, tea, wine and similar type of stains might cause a pinkish-brown stain. If your marble is in outside, time, sun and rain will eliminate it, if the case is inside your home, clean with 12% hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia.
Ink/paint: Use hydrogen peroxide to get clear colored stones.
Water Spots and Rings: Hard water may accumulate and blot your marble. Buff with dry 0000 steel wool and your floor or counter will be like new!
I have no stains, but scratches!