Marble Stain Remover and Marble Cleaning Tips

Close up of a marble bathroom sink

Marble is a natural stone and like travertine it is a calcium based stone similar to limestone and travertine and all of these will be etched by an acid-like substance. Unfortunately, sealing marble does not prevent the surface from etching. Therefore it is important to keep acids away from these surfaces—floors, counter tops, bathroom shower walls.

It is important to clean marble with a pH neutral cleaner and a soft, flat mop. Use the best marble cleaner mop. If the marble is heavily soiled (never let your beautiful marble get heavily soiled!), an alkaline marble cleaner can be used. Once it is cleaned, dry it with a cotton or microfiber cloth.

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Marble Sealing

Marble needs to be protected from staining by sealing the stone as soon as possible after installation. Sealing the marble is no 100 percent guarantee that the marble will not be stained in a major accident or a minor mishap that is left for too long on the marble surface. Once the marble is sealed after installation, it should be resealed at least once a year after a deep cleaning with the best marble cleaner.

Sealing marble is simple, but it requires a few steps first. Clean the surface thoroughly with the best marble cleaner, dry it with and then let it dry thoroughly for 24 to 72 hours. Let it go on the high side if it is particularly porous marble.

If the marble has a coating on it like polyurethane or some type of wax, it needs to be stripped first, then sealed.

Once the marble is thoroughly cleaned and dried, it can be sealed using the best marble sealer and a soft cloth or lamb’s wool applicator. Not all marble will absorb sealer at the same rate and very porous marble will require more sealer be applied because it will be absorbing more liquid. Similarly, a water-based marble sealer will take longer to dry than a solvent based marble sealer. Regardless of the sealer you use, give yourself plenty of ventilation so that you breathe in as little solvent as possible.

Marble has rich and varied textures.

When sealing marble floor tiles or other surfaces with individual tiles, apply the sealer to each individual tile. Then seal the grout was you compete each individual section by running a thin edge of sealer down each of the grout lines.

Because sealant does not dry immediately, you need to plan out each sealing task. You need to clean the marble, let it dry and then start at the far end of the room so that you are not boxed in at the end and need to walk on not perfectly dry marble tile.

Read over the manufacturers recommendations on when you can walk on the floors. Typically, solvent based sealant will dry rather quickly. Don’t do a sealing job the morning before a heavy-traffic party on that floor. Overall, marble sealant can use from 24 to 72 hours to dry thoroughly.

The solvent should remain on the stone, once applied for 15 to 30 minutes. Never let the sealer dry in spots and puddle in others. If will be a disastrous sealing job. Instead, after you apply the seal and let it sit on the marble for 15 to 30 minutes, begin to removed all sealer remaining on the surface. All sealer on the surface needs to be removed before it can dry on the marble and look awful. Use a clean cotton or microfiber cloth to get all excess sealer off of the surface.

Marble textures.

If the marble seems to be quite porous, or if you have it from a professional that it is porous, apply a second coat of sealer. Before applying that second coat of sealer, make sure that everything from the first sealing effort is cleaned up. You do not want sealer streaks on your beautiful marble.

Maintaining Marble

Maintaining marble is fairly easy. Sweep, vacuum, then mop the marble floor tile with a pH neutral floor cleaner. Neutral means that the cleaner has a reading of about a 7 on the pH scale. Vinegar is sometimes recommended as a cleaner for some types of surfaces, but vinegar is an acid and should never, never be used to clean marble because it could cause etching.

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