Carrara marble is known for being beautiful. For this reason, many people choose to include this type of marble in their homes in a variety of ways. While some people use Carrara marble for floors, others may have use it for their countertops. It is very important that you understand how to properly care for Carrara marble to keep it looking its very best for decades.
Steps to follow to properly clean and maintain stone surfaces.
- Before applying the stone cleaner wipe off any large debris or particles from surface.
- Apply cleaner onto the surface area, then wipe with a clean cloth or paper towel. Let countertop dry before applying sealer. On heavily soiled surfaces you may need to let it sit for 1-2minutes.
- Apply sealer to clean surface and let sealer sit for 2-3minutes before wiping off with clean towel. Allow 30 minutes for the sealer to dry and harden before polishing the surface or using it for other activities.
- Apply polish to surface and wipe in a circular motion until entire surface is evenly coated.
- Let polish dry to a dull finish.
- Buff surface in a circular motion with a clean soft cloth to the desired sheen.
Keeping Carrara Marble Clean
One of the most important aspects of caring for Carrara marble is keeping it clean as much as possible. First, you should make sure any spills are wiped up and dried right away. The longer that a liquid sits on the surface of your Carrara marble, the more likely it will seep through into the pores of the stone. If you have a light-colored marble, like Carrara, it is even more crucial that spills are cleaned up in a timely manner, because the stone will be more likely to stain, especially if the spill was something dark like red wine. Acidic liquids are very likely to damage Carrara marble. Acids can lead to etching on the surface of the stone.
A lot can happen to marble countertops and floors. Most stains can be removed with hydrogen peroxide. Mold and mildew can grow on marble, and both can be killed and cleaned off with a diluted mixture of ammonia. In the unlikely event that you get ink on your Carrara marble, you should remove it with a diluted bleach mixture. If anything gets on your marble and causes stains, it is important to clean it, but you should never use any product that contains acid.
Carrara marble should be cleaned daily or after each use. When you clean Carrara marble, you should only use a specialized stone cleaner. There are numerous products on the market that claim to be safe for natural stone, but double check to make sure that they are acid-free and specifically made to be used on natural stone. Never use an all-purpose cleaner on Carrara marble. I recommend a product call Rock Doctor. They have a complete product line specifically design for maintaining and cleaning natural stone surfaces. They place an emphasis on “granite”, but their product works on all types of natural stone surfaces.
Sealing Carrara Marble
Sealing natural stone is very important in protecting it for the long-term. Using a sealer will keep the stone protected from external damage. Since marble is porous, liquids and acids have the potential for causing significant damage if the stone isn’t properly sealed. The sealer will provide your Carrara marble with a water-resistant coating that will prevent moisture from penetrating into the pores of the stone. Carrara marble should be sealed at least once a year. However, if you are using your countertops or you have marble floors in heavily trafficked areas, you might want to seal it more frequently to prevent damage to the stone. It is also important that you don’t use soap to clean up spills because it can cause darkening of the stone.
Polishing Carrara Marble
Shiny marble is the most popular finish for countertops and floors. However, without proper care, that shine won’t last. Polishing Carrara marble will help it look shiny and brand new. You will want to make sure that you find a polish that is made for natural stone surfaces. Once you apply the polish properly, it will create a water-resistant coating that will keep your Carrara from spills, etching, and glass rings.
Can You Fix Carrara Marble?
Should your Carrara marble become damaged, you never want to try to fix it yourself. Over time, you may notice small imperfections like chips and scratches and think about how you can fix it, but this is a delicate stone that needs the attention of a professional. A professional stone worker should be the only person you allow to fix your Carrara marble. Whether you are dealing with etching or cracks, a professional should be called to assess and fix the situation. Unfortunately, trying to fix these issues yourself could cause further damage to the stone.
Now that you know how to care for Carrara marble, you can keep it looking as good as new for years and years to come.