Thanks to its timeless style and elegance, combined with durability and practicality, marble remains a popular choice for everything from bathroom vanities to kitchen worktops and floor tiles. This gorgeous stone is also water-resistant, resists changes in temperature and is, broadly speaking, pretty easy to look after.
But marble cleaning is always something people ask us about. So here we try and answer some of the queries about marble care that we receive most often.
Can you use hydrogen peroxide safely on marble?
When it comes to shifting stubborn stain from marble, it can seem hard to know where to start. But one solution that does seem to work is mix of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. However, it can remove any sealant you may have used – so is it safe?
The answer is generally yes, although you may need to reseal your marble. And hydrogen peroxide is remarkably effective.
Make a solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of washing-up liquid plus a tablespoon of baking soda. Add the solution to the stain, leave it there for 10-15 minutes and then use a damp cloth to wipe it away.
Are there any alternatives to hydrogen peroxide?
If a stain already seems bedded in, you could try an acetone- based product. One example of this is regular nail polish. Gently dab it on the stain with cotton wool until the mark lifts, but don’t rub the stain.
And if the stain is oil-based?
In this case, you could try a poultice. Mix a modest amount of a non-acidic cleaner with sufficient flour or talcum powder to create a paste and then apply to the stone. Then cover with plastic or waxed paper and leave for 24 hours before you wipe away the paste and rinse with water.
And what things should I avoid using on marble?
It’s always worth reminding yourself about what NOT to use on marble. Essentially, anything acidic is a no-no, so if you’re sticking to home-made solutions, avoid things like vinegar or lemon. These etch the marble so that it will lose its sheen.
Coarse scrapers and brushes can also leave marks in their wake. Steel wool and/or a microfibre cloth make much better alternatives.
Is it possible to reseal this stone?
The reality is that when you remove the more stubborn stains from marble, you may well lift the sealant at the same time. But the good news is that you can easily reseal your stone, either yourself or with the help of a professional marble care specialist.
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