Marble is a limestone and it does not tolerate any kind of acid. To protect the marble surface against grease and dirt, we recommend to saturate the surface before putting it to use. Polished surfaces are best treated with acid-free wax.
For ongoing caretaking, acid free wax or white Vaseline oil is recommended.
1) Prevention – before you start using your table
Before you start using your table, we recommend to treat the surface with a protective sealer. The sealer fills in the pores and repels spills on the surface, allowing you time to completely wipe it away.
Sealing helps to prevent stains from coloured liquids but it is no guarantee.
Red wine, coffee or tomato sauce (as obvious examples) will easily stain a white marble plate.
Furthermore, sealing does not prevent etching (see below).
We recommend to use Vaseline oil for the sealing process. However, many different products exist for this purpose.
2) When in use
All liquids – in particular acid liquids – should be removed from the surface as quickly as possible. The best method is to use a sponge so as to avoid spreading the liquid on the surface.
All acid liquids will etch the surface. Etching will be most visible on polished marble (shiny surface) since the etching eats away the polish.
Even water can leave marks on a marble table top. Water contains minerals that will be left in the marble in case water is left on the top (e.g. water rings if humid cups and glasses are left directly on the marble.
Hot items should not be left directly on the marble surface, in particular if the marble surface has been sealed.
3) Cleaning a marble table top
It is recommended to clean the table top with a dissolution of PH-neutral soap. After the cleaning, the table should be wiped dry with dry cloth.
4) If you damage the marble top (stains or etching)
If the table top has been damaged, we recommend to ask an expert for advice.
The best action depends on the colour of the marble and the nature of the damage (stain or etching) and the substance that has damaged the table.
DO’s and DON’Ts for Marble
• DO clean up spills immediately to minimise damage to your stone.
• DO use trivets or mats under hot dishes and cookware.
• DO use place mats under china, ceramics, silver and other objects that can scratch the stone’s surface.
• DO use coasters under glasses, especially if they contain alcohol or citrus juices.
• DON’T wait to clean up spills on stone.
• DON’T use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners or tub cleaners.
• DON’T use vinegar, bleach, ammonia or other general-purpose cleaners.
• DON’T use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
• DON’T use alkaline cleaners not specifically formulated for stone.
• DON’T use scouring powders and abrasives because they will scratch the surface.
• DON’T Place toiletry products directly on the countertop surface.