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If you are not using a marble cleaner for daily maintenance, then a glass cleaner diluted with water (50-50) can be helpful to clean the surface. Avoid having anything metal (cups, soap dishes or trays) sitting on the marble surface. Also avoid leaving wet objects or puddles on top of the marble. Liquids such as hairspray and bodily fluids could be harmful for the new marble shine.


Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt, and grit that will scratch the stone floor. Be sure that the underside of the mat or rug is a non-slip surface. Normally, it will take a person about eight steps on a floor surface to remove sand or dirt from the bottom of their shoes. Do not use vacuum cleaners that are worn. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the surface.


Bath, shower, and other wet areas: Soap scum can be minimized by using a squeegee after each use. To remove soap scum, use a non-acidic soap-scum remover or a solution of ammonia and water (about 1/2 cup ammonia to a gallon of water). Frequent or over-use of an ammonia solution may eventually dull the surface of the stone. Vanity-top surfaces: Vanity tops may need to have a penetrating sealer applied. A good-quality marble wax or non-yellowing automobile paste wax can be applied to minimize water spotting.


Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Change the rinse water frequently. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the stone.

Metal stains (iron, rust, copper, bronze) must be removed with a poultice (liquid cleaner or chemical mixed with a white absorbent material to form a paste like the consistency of peanut butter). Deep-seated, rusty stains are extremely difficult to remove, and the stone may be permanently stained.


Iron or rust stains are orange to brown in color and follow the shape of the staining object, such as nails, bolts, screws, cans, flower pots, and metal furniture. Copper and bronze stains appear as green or muddy-brown and result from the action of moisture on nearby or embedded bronze, copper, or brass items.

Clean mildew away by diluting a half-cup of either ammonia OR bleach OR hydrogen peroxide in a gallon of water. **Do not mix bleach and ammonia. This combination creates a toxic and lethal gas.**


Mildew is considered a biological stain, as is algae, lichens, moss, and fungi.

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