How to clean and take care of Carrara marble

The timeless beauty of Carrara marble is universally recognized, making it one of the most sought-after materials for surfaces. This precious material evolves over time, becoming a cherished part of our lives. However, being a natural and a living product, Carrara marble requires consistent maintenance to preserve its beauty over time.

So, what is the best way to care for this valuable material? In this guide, we will explore why Carrara marble demands careful attention, outline the essential tools for its upkeep, and provide a detailed, step-by-step cleaning procedure.

Why Carrara marble requires special care?

Carrara marble boasts durability and resilience among its features. Before we explore the nitty-gritty of maintenance, it’s crucial to understand why this marble demands extra care. This awareness forms the foundation for effective and proper upkeep.

The special care required for Carrara marble stems from its specific characteristics and sensitivity. Here’s a summarized explanation:

Porosity
Carrara marble is naturally porous, making it prone to absorbing liquids and substances, leading to potential stains if not properly treated and sealed.

Acid Sensitivity
It can negatively react to acids found in everyday substances like fruit juices, vinegar, or acidic cleaners. Acids may cause corrosion and dullness on the marble surface.

Scratch Sensitivity
Despite its hardness, Carrara marble is still susceptible to scratches, especially from harder materials. Therefore, abrasive scrubs or sharp utensils should be avoided to prevent surface damage.

Heat Reaction
While resistant to heat, prolonged exposure to high temperatures or direct contact with very hot objects may cause damage. Using coasters or trivets is recommended to protect the surface.

Presence of Minerals
Some Carrara marbles may contain traces of minerals that react with certain substances, resulting in stains or colour changes. Awareness of these minerals is crucial for proper maintenance.

Preservation of Natural Shine
It is renowned for its natural shine. Careful maintenance is necessary to preserve this feature, avoiding the use of substances that could dull or damage the surface.

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Risma wall covering in Carrara Ghiaccio marble

 

Tools needed for Carrara Marble care

Before diving into the cleaning process, ensure you have the right tools to preserve the brilliance of your Carrara marble:
Soft Microfiber Towels – Mild Dish Soap – Gentle Detergent – Baking Soda – Warm Water – Spray Bottle – 0000 Grade Steel Wool (for tough stains)

Step-by-Step guide to cleaning Carrara Marble

The maintenance of Carrara marble varies depending on its specific use, such as tables, coverings or floors and more. It is important to adopt different care and cleaning based on the context of use, ensuring optimal preservation of the beauty and durability of the marble over time.

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Gessato dining table: Carrara Ghiaccio top with Nero Marquinia inserts

 

Allegro floor and wall covering: Carrara Ghiaccio, Nero Marquinia, Verde Ming, Rosa Agata, Rosso Alicante, Giallo Valencia, Bardiglio Nuvolato

 

Marble specific cleaners

We recommend using detergents specially formulated for Carrara marble, carefully following the product instructions. These tips are provided for informational purposes. We are not responsible for the outcome. It is strongly recommended to test cleaners on a small, hidden area before full use, to evaluate their effectiveness and impact on the marble surface. 

Warm water + mild soap

– Fill a spray bottle with warm water and a small amount of mild soap.
– Spritz the solution on the marble surface, focusing on areas with dirt or stains.
– Wipe with a microfiber cloth to absorb the dirt.
– Rinse with warm water to eliminate any soap residue.
– Thoroughly dry to prevent water stains.

Water + hydrogen peroxide

– Mix warm water with 12% hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle.
– Spray the solution on the surface, targeting food stains.
– Wipe in small circles with a microfiber cloth.
– Repeat if necessary, then rinse with warm water.
– Dry completely to prevent water stains.

Water + baking soda

– Sprinkle baking soda on persistent stains.
– Gently rub with a damp microfiber cloth.
– Rinse with warm water and check for stain removal.
– Repeat steps 1-3 until the stain is gone.
– Finish by thoroughly drying the surface

How to remove stains from Carrara marble?

Effortlessly tackle stubborn stains on marble surfaces by creating a thick paste using baking soda and a pinch of water. Apply this mixture to the blemish, cover it with cling film, let it sit for 24 hours, and finally reveal a spotless surface by removing the plastic and gently wiping away the paste with a damp cloth. Different stains require different approaches:
Oil stains: Use a small amount of acetone to remove oil stains.
Water stains
: Use 0000-rated steel wool for hard mineral stains.
For tough stains
like rust, consider using specialized poultices available at hardware stores.

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Hamal backlit wall in Carrara Ghiaccio marble

 

What not to use to avoid damaging Carrara marble

To preserve your marble’s beauty, steer clear of:
• Acidic Solutions (lemon juice, vinegar)
• Regular Soaps with acidic components
• Abrasive Scrubs (rough sponges, steel wool)
• Harsh Chemicals (bleach, ammonia)

Tips for maintaining Carrara Marble

Sealing: Seal Carrara marble annually or as recommended by the manufacturer.
Daily cleaning: Clean Carrara marble daily to prevent stains and maintain its shine.
No chemical mixing: Never mix chemicals; it may damage the stone.
Coasters/trivets: Use coasters and trivets to protect the marble from potential harm.

Preserving the natural beauty of Carrara marble requires regular maintenance with mild, marble-specific cleaning products.

Connect with Lithos Design to bring the elegance of Carrara marble into your space. You will receive more information and embark on a journey of timeless sophistication.

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Retina divider in Carrara Ghiaccio marble

 

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