For centuries, marble has been used for luxurious furniture decoration. That is why having a marble top is something to be proud of. But this pride comes with a price. Maintaining a marble table is quite harder than maintaining other stone-made tables. A little hard work and little more effort are needed to properly clean it.
Don’t worry because with enough knowledge, you can always do the job right.
Do this cleaning everyday whether the marble has some stains or not. Regular cleaning helps maintain the beauty of the marble furniture so you can enjoy it for decades.
Everyday cleaning for marble tables is surprisingly easy. All you need is a bucket, half-filled of warm water. Dip a clean sponge or cotton cloth in the water and squeeze out excess water. Use this to wipe the marble table. This should already remove the everyday dusts and dirt that the table gets. Wipe the table again, but this time, with dry clean cloth. Make sure that the water will not stay on the table for long. That might cause staining or might weaken the marble.
Apply some marble polish on the table to make it shine. Your regular clear floor wax can also be used for this as long as your marble is not white or else, it might turn yellow.
Polishing the marble is not really needed but doing so will help protect the table from destructive moisture.
As much as possible, never let your marble table to get some stains. Immediately clean up any spills by blotting them off. Never wipe the stain or it might spread on the table. The longer the spill sits on the table, the more stubborn the stain will be. Never let acidic liquid sit on the marble, too. This could etch the stone, which will most likely stay forever on the table.
For other stains, follow the tips below:
- Tea or coffee stains. Make a hydrogen peroxide paste and apply it on the stain. Let it sit there overnight or until the powder dries. See if the stain is gone. If not, apply the paste again and wait overnight. Do this repeatedly until the stain is gone. Wipe off the paste with a clean cloth damped in warm water. Wipe dry the marble table after cleaning.
- Oil stain. Spread some cornstarch on the stain and let it sit for about 24 hours. The powder will soak up the stain. Keep on re-applying some cornstarch until the oil stain is gone. Wipe off the powder with a clean cloth soaked in soapy water. Wipe the table again to remove the soap and another round of wiping for drying the table.
Try using cleaning solutions specially made for marble-made furniture pieces. There are products made for regular cleaning and stain removal. These should work better and safer for your marble table since they were made especially for that purpose.
Your marble table is surely a great investment. Protect it well so the next generation can adore the beauty of that table. Start it by properly cleaning the table. You’ll see your effort rewarded with a long-lasting marble table.