Because of its elegant and classic appeal, marble is used in making certain furniture items. But like any furniture material, marble is prone to stain, scratches, and dullness. Fortunately, marble furniture items can be easily repaired and restored. Here are ways to do this.
- Use poultice in removing stains. Poultice is especially effective in removing organic stains such as coffee and tea. The poultice should be made of absorbent materials, examples of which include facial tissue and paper towel, and should be moistened with peroxide and ammonia. It should then be clumped onto the stain and covered with plastic. Leave the poultice for up to two days. The older the stain, the longer the poultice has to stay on the stained area.
- Apply cornstarch to oil stains. Hand cream, lotion, and similar items can leave oil stains on the marble surface. To remove such stains, you simply need to put even cornstarch on the stained area. Let it sit there for a few minutes. Then brush the stained area to remove as much stain as you can. You should then need to reapply cornstarch. Leave it for a day. Remove the cornstarch with hot soapy water after. Rinse and dry it thoroughly.
- Remove scratches. You can use several products to get rid of marble scratches. You can, for instance, use fine steel wool. Gently and lightly run it along the scratched area until the scratches disappear. Aside from steel wool, you can also use fine sandpaper. Just the same, lightly stroke the marble surface. Then buff the area with a marble polish. Putty powder is also effective. To use, simply put a small amount of putty powder on the scratched area. Then wipe it down using a cloth. Putty powder is available at marble stores.
- Seal the cracks. Cracks are also common on marble furniture, but you can seal them using epoxy. Start by mixing epoxy with tint. Tint works by matching the sealant’s color with the color of the marble. Make sure to gradually add tint to achieve the right color. After mixing, apply the epoxy sealant to the cracks using a paintbrush, making sure to fill the cracks completely. Remove the excess epoxy with a razor blade after. Then wait for a few days for the epoxy to harden. When the marble is ready, smooth the sealed area with 120-grade sandpaper. Sand repeatedly to achieve the right texture. For final sanding, you can use 320-grade and 1000-grade sandpaper. Buff the sealed area with a marble polish after.
- Polish dull marble. If your marble has become dull over time, you can use a marble polish to make it look like new again. Simply apply marble polish using a buffing pad. In a circular motion, gently stroke the marble surface until it has the desired shine. Do this as often as necessary.
Consider hiring a professional to repair your marble furniture if the
damage is severe and can’t be corrected at home. But remember: to
prevent spending for repairs, it is necessary to do proper maintenance
works on your marble furniture.