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HOW TO CARE FOR MARBLE
Marble is limestone that has metamorphosed and combined with natural elements. It is veined with a variety of colors and patterns. Since marble is easily stained, etched, and dulled, it is important that you know how to take care of it.
There are a few basic rules for getting the most out of your marble furniture and ensuring its longevity:
- Be careful of wet rings forming on the surface after watering flowers or plants.
- Place coasters or trivets under glasses and dishes to prevent the formation of ring marks.
- Never expose the furniture to sharp objects which can scratch the marble.
- Never use vinegar on marble as its acid can cause the marble to corrode.
Dust marble surfaces once or twice per week with a soft cloth. Marble stains very quickly, especially if liquids sit untouched on its surface. Immediately clean orange juice, coffee, wine, and other drinks (or food) with strong pigments and rinse with a clean, damp cloth. Never leave water on marble surfaces as it can cause stains.
Clean as gently as possible, never using abrasive cleaners or dusting sprays. Wash marble periodically with a cloth dampened with lukewarm water, and if necessary, some mild dishwashing liquid. Gently run the cloth over the surface, making a circular motion in the spots that need a little extra pressure. Remove the soap with another damp cloth and wipe the marble dry.
Use a chamois after cleaning to dry and shine your marble simultaneously. This is the gentlest way to shine your marble. Commercial marble polishes also work well. If you choose a commercial marble polish, make sure it is specially designed for marble as certain chemicals can harm marble. Regularly apply marble polish to maintain the luster of the stone.