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Marble Table Care Guide
A natural material that has created some of our worlds most beautiful sculptures and architecture, marble remains timelessly desirable and durable, blending equally as well into modern contemporary homes as it does within formal surroundings. The word, 'marble' is derived from the Greek meaning 'shining stone
It is flawed in its natural beauty. Inconsistencies in the veining and colour are normal and part of the charm. Older tables have chips and dents that often tell the story of a good dinner party.
Marble is a porous rock from the limestone family and it will quickly absorb water and liquids. It will also fracture from heavy blows, crack with extreme changes in temperature, and stain from acids in natural dyes and food colourings, therefore, it needs to be cared for and maintained adequately, so that it can age gracefully.
Prevention is better than cure, so most importantly ensure that the table top is sealed. A sealant fills in the pores in the stone and repels liquids. Your local hardware shop or local stonemason should be able to advise on the different sealant options available with the different finishes, from polished to matt. (See links at end of this article for details of some sealant options).
A marble sealant should create a waterproof barrier and prevent stains from setting in and allowing you time to mop up any spills. Sealants normally will last up to three years, however, it is prudent to re-seal once a year, if the table top is in regular use. You can check how well the sealant is holding up by splashing a little water onto the marble top. If it stops forming beads of water, then it is time to apply a fresh coat.
Avoid using wax polishes on marble tops as over time it may yellow the stone. There are a number of specific marble polish products available at most large supermarkets or hardware shops, that will maintain the stone's lustre and shine better.
Marble has more pores and dents more easily than granite, so scratches and pitting can show up. Inspect the table top regularly as any dent or pitting can allow water or acids to get into the stone.
Dents and scratches can be touched up using Cif, Ajax, or other very mild abrasive. For deeper scratches, use an acrylic-laquer touch-up product similar to one you would use for car scratches.
For daily cleaning, don't use an abrasive or ammonia based cleaner . Warm water and a little washing up liquid is the best option and dry off the table top with a kitchen towel or microfibre cloth immediately after.
Everyday use – the do's and don'ts
Water, wine, coffee, juices, dressings and condiments can contain acid, which, if splashed, can leave a flat or cloudy patch etched out, so use placemats and coasters always so get into the habit of using these from the moment your table arrives.
Don't leave a potted plant on the table for long periods of time, as it is potentially corrosive. Similarly, flower arrangements in vases, should have a mat beneath. The calcium and minerals in the water will etch into the surface and can leave permanent stain rings which are very difficult to remove without sanding off a top layer of the marble.
Never put a hot saucepan, bowl or pan directly onto the marble. Use suitable mats that can conduct extremes of heat or cold away, plus stainless steel pans could scratch the surface.
Mop up any spills straight away – this is probably the golden rule for marble tables. Mop up, wash off and dry off.

Stubborn Stain – First Aid for your table using a home-made poultice

A poultice is a cleaning paste that is applied to a stain for a period of time to draw it out of the material it has stained. A similar process as putting salt on to soak up wine stains. The type of cleaning agent depends on the composition of the stain.

Making a poultice

Use flour for the poultice base, and then add:-
hydrogen peroxide for food stains
dishwashing liquid with oil-based stains,
household bleach for mold or mildew
sodium hydrosulfate for rust stains.
Mix the flour with the appropriate additive above until it forms a smooth paste.

To apply ; Spread a 1/4-inch thick layer of the poultice over the stain using a plastic knife. Extend the coverage a 1/2-inch around the outside edges of the stain.
Cover the area with a sheet of clingfilm attached to the surface of the table with masking tape. Put several small holes in the clingfilm to allow air to flow. (The clingfilm prevents the the poultice from drying out before acting on the stain, while the air holes allow it to draw out the stain slowly as it dries).

Allow 24 hours for the poultice to be absorbed fully into the stone.

Remove the clingfilm, and then scrape away the poultice with the plastic knife.
Wipe the surface clean with a dry towel. Once dry, examine the marble for any further signs of the stain. If staining remains, repeat the process as needed until it disappears.

Seal the marble area where the poultice was applied.

Marble sealant products in the UK:

Here are just a few suggestions on where to gain further information on the types of marble sealant products on the market;-

http://www.stoneandtilesealershop.co.uk/info2.cfm?info_id=202486

http://www.sealer-seal-sealant.co.uk/info2.cfm?info_id=222148

http://www.homecareessentials.co.uk/acatalog/Rustins_Stone_Seal_Impregnating_Sealer_250ml.html?gclid=CNjbwufZ3ccCFcUcGwodKfYPFQ

http://www.pureadhesion.co.uk/lithofin-mn-stain-stop-natural-stone-impregnator-sealer-250ml.html?gclid=CKvon4_Z3ccCFSQFwwod1igFVw

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    Martina Murphy
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