Welcome to the How to Clean Marble website — your complete online resource for cleaning marble.
You’ll find guidance for the best marble sealers and cleaners and what you need to know about identifying and removing stains from marble.
This website will cover everything from how to clean Carrara marble to cleaning cultured marble. Want to know how to clean a marble fireplace surround or a marble cemetery headstone or grave marker? That’s covered too!
Whether you’ve selected marble as your natural stone of choice when purchasing a new home or remodeling an existing home, oftentimes guidance on its cleaning is overlooked.
Rarely are you provided a “handbook” for marble care as you would a product manual for let’s say an appliance.
Sales reps, designers or installers may not properly educate the buyer about marble’s physical characteristics, its durability and what type of maintenance is required to preserve its beauty. You’ll find those answers here.
What is Marble and What Makes it so Special?
Before you can take the proper steps in how to clean anything made from marble you need to understand a little about this century’s old natural stone itself.
All natural stones are not created equal and some of their differences may surprise you.
But because this website is about marble and how to clean it, let’s start by answering just what is marble and how it differs from its biggest competing natural stone – granite.
The classic, unparalleled look of marble is warm, regal and steeped in a 2,000 year old history showcased as part of Italian culture.
But before being quarried (see the video below — skip to 1:57 in the video to see a 300 Ton piece drop) for later shaping into artifacts and architecture with its beautiful veining and patterns, it began as simple limestone.
See a 300 Ton Piece of Marble Quarried
This limestone, over time, achieved a metamorphosis of sorts from a combination of intense pressure and high temperatures deep within the earth’s crust.
It was this metamorphosis that altered the crystalline structure of the limestone while introducing foreign materials responsible for marble’s color variations and veining.
Unlike marble, granite has different origins. Granite is the result of molten volcanic magma which was formed and then cooled also deep beneath the earth’s surface. Even though some granites have veining similar to marble, its dense graining makes it the harder (and the stronger) of these two natural stones.
Marble vs Granite Comparison Chart