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How to clean/protect marble surfaces?

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KondoAttitude Mon 09-Nov-15 10:53:34

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biscuitkumquat Mon 09-Nov-15 11:00:04

Have you sealed it? If you haven't, I would suggest cleaning it thoroughly then sealing it, so that the dirt sits on top of the sealant, rather than on the actual marble.

We bought an HG marble cleaner which is fantastic (but you only need a tiny bit)

KondoAttitude Mon 09-Nov-15 11:25:51

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PigletJohn Mon 09-Nov-15 12:13:52

Marble is the same material as limescale, so most bathroom cleaners will erode it.

It is much softer than granite.

loveisagirlnameddaisy Mon 09-Nov-15 12:19:16

We have marble all over our ensuite - walls and floors - and to be honest, I wish we hadn't chosen it. It was eye wateringly expensive, and as we live in a hard water area, we now have a lot of marks from the deposits left by lime in the water as it evaporates and dries. I don't think we sealed ours either so my only option now, as I understand it, is to get a specialist company in to sand it down and polish it.

atticusclaw2 Mon 09-Nov-15 12:25:05

Its very easy to seal it. There is stuff that you can just paint on.

Is it honed or polished? If its polished it will etch. If its honed anyway it may well be worth etching the whole lot with lemon juice since at least then the etching will be consistent. I did this in my kitchen and we haven't had any problems.

Sgtmajormummy Mon 09-Nov-15 12:38:44

Marble is a nightmare!
I had it in my first grown-up kitchen. Never again, it's granite for me after that experience. Being a "hands on cook" means stains are inevitable.

Water must be wiped off IMMEDIATELY to avoid limescale sticking, anything oily soaks in and leaves a stain (so face cream, body oils etc need to be well away) and anything acidic (shampoo, face toner) will take the shine off it. I personally used microfibre cloths obsessively, to soak up any imagined spills.

I'd advise you to contact your installer and ask them if the marble has already been treated and if not what you should use. That way you won't do more harm than good.

Is it pure stone (recogniseable veins running through the stone) or conglomerate with resin? Conglomerate is often used for handbasin vanity units with doors and in that case it's not quite so delicate.

How do I know about marble? I lived in Carrara for 3 years, where they use marble chips for road works! My garden had marble crazy paving made of offcuts picked off the side of the road and marble was just as cheap as granite in that place.
Happy days.

putcustardonit Mon 09-Nov-15 12:45:48

I use Waitrose Granite & Marble cleaner and buff with an e-cloth. I was told the biggest no no was oils. They were right- I have a big circle where bath oil was left on the limestone floor.

Sunnyshores Mon 09-Nov-15 15:27:39

I dont know if its still made, but 10 years ago Lakeland did a lovely cleaner.

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