Care and Maintenance for your Marble
Protecting marble against etching and staining takes effort, but thankfully not a lot. Experts share tips on how to treat it right to ensure it will look its best for many years.
Sealing repels staining agents but doesn't make marble stainproof. "Talk to your fabricator to determine which sealant is right for you," says DeeDee Gundberg, senior manager at Ann Sacks Tile. When water no longer beads, it's time to reseal.
Vinegar, citrus, and tomato will etch marble; don't let them sit on the stone. Treat marble as you would a fine wood finish, says Charlotte Barnard, creative director at Nemo Tile Company. Use coasters and cutting boards. Wipe up spills immediately.
Avoid using acidic or abrasive cleaners. "Vacuum or sweep up loose dirt, and use a damp mop or sponge regularly," says Barbara Sallick, cofounder and senior vice president of Waterworks. "I like Miracle Sealants tile and stone cleaner." $9 for 32 oz., homedepot.com
To remove stubborn stains, use a poultice paste. Spread it onto the stain, then cover with plastic wrap sealed with painters' tape. Once it's dry (12 to 24 hours), scrape the paste off and wipe with a damp cloth. For deep-set stains, you may need to reapply paste.