Granite & Marble are extremely heat resistant and easily sealed for quick maintenance.

Caring for your Marble & Granite

The natural stone you have purchased for your home or office is an investment that will give you many years of beautiful services. Stone is a natural product and simple care and maintenance will keep it looking beautiful. Here are some recommendations for routine care and cleaning.

Precautions:

  • Granite or Marble are generally durable but hard objects such as cast iron skillets can chip the edge if it is hit.  This is fixable.
  • Marble is recommended to hone the finish.  Acidic food, drinks or products can take the polished sheen off the surface leaving a dull or matte etching.  When the marble is honed, any acid etch is harder to see because it is a matte etch on similar finish.  Honing the surface creates rich matte finish that many homeowners prefer even without the acid concerns.
  • Marble can patina. Red wines or foods among others can discolor and naturally patina the surface of marble.  Due to marble being a living stone, this discoloration can fade over time with proper cleaning.  This creates an old world look and feel to the marble.

Cleaning Procedures & Recommendations

Stone Surfaces

  • Clean stone surfaces warm water and a mild soap such as Dawn Liquid Soap. 
  • Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble or limestone.
  • 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 surface.
  • Do clean surfaces with mild detergent or stone soap
  • Do thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing
  • Do blot up spills immediately

Do's & Don'ts

  • Don't use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids on marble, limestone, travertine or onyx surfaces
  • Don't use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub & tile cleaners
  • Don't use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers
  • Don't mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas
  • Call your professional stone supplier, installer or restoration specialist for problems that appear too difficult to treat.

The Marble Institute of America offers a brochure that includes information on treating spills and stains on natural stone surfaces. For a copy, please send $1.00 US along with a self addressed, stamped business size envelope  to the Marble Institute of America, 28901 Clemens Road, Suite 100, Cleveland, Ohio 44145 USA.