How Do You Clean and Polish Marble?


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To clean marble, wipe off the dirt with a soft cloth, and use a wet sponge to wipe it again. Apply some stone cleaner on a soft rag, and wipe the surface again. You can also use dish soap as a cleaner, but remember to rinse the surface with water or diluted hydrogen peroxide afterwards. Allow the marble to dry, and polish it using some polish compound or carnauba wax if the surface is made of cultured marble.

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To polish natural marble, mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 quart of water, and coat the marble surface with this mixture with a clean cloth. Makes sure that you create a thin but consistent coat. Leave the mixture to dry for about five hours, and remove it using a cloth and some warm water. Obtain a soft microfiber or chamois cloth, and use it to slowly wipe down the surface in circles. Make the circles smaller once the surface becomes dryer.

You can also treat the marble surface with a sealant to protect it from some stains and everyday dirt. To seal the marble, place tape on all the surfaces surrounding the marble, such as trim made of other materials, and apply the sealant. With most sealants you have to leave the chemical on for 15 to 30 minutes, and then remove the excess sealant with a cloth. However, be sure to read the manufacturer's instructions for the sealant you are using, and follow them accurately.

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