Marble was once a material that could only be found in the homes of affluent people. Nowadays, it can be found in a number of different homes thanks to the advancement in technology. More and more people are able to afford to have marble surfaces in their home. From flooring to countertops, you can quickly add value to your home by picking marble. Marble has been around for years making it a timeless material. Some people assume that because marble can be on the higher end of materials, that it is difficult to care for. With just a little knowledge about marble, this is not the case. Marble is one of the easiest materials to maintain and does not get permanently damaged very easily. When getting marble installed in your home, most manufacturers will provide guidelines that break down the cleaning process for you. Here are some of the things you shouldn't do to your marble.  

No Liquids with Acids

When you choose marble for your countertops, you have to be very careful about what products you place on them. Anything with acid can cause etching on the surface because the material is made from calcium carbonate. Etching will corrode the surface and leave a dull appearance on the marble. Common things that include acid that you want to be wary of are lemon juice, salad dressings, fruit juices, and even coffee. Should you happen to leave some of this on your marble counters, you will notice a ring where the cup was. Etching can usually be repaired with no problems as long as you have a good marble cleaning professional

In an effort to help prevent etching from happening, you can choose to have a matte finish for your marble surfaces. This is especially good for marble counters and marble floors that could come into contact with acidic products. Even with a matte finish, etching can still happen so you want to do everything possible to avoid using products with acid on them.

Don't Clean with Common Cleaners

Cleaning marble is not difficult, it just requires a different type of cleaners. Some cleaners contain ingredients like ammonia and vinegar that can harm your marble surfaces. Instead of running to the store and buying specialty cleaners for your marble, instead you want to look for stone cleaners and basic warm water to clean them. It is advisable to clean the marble with a sponge and warm water in order to keep them clean without damaging the surfaces. 

Avoid Too Much Weight

Unlike many other types of flooring and countertop surfaces, marble does not contain a backing that can hold up weight very well. Laminate surfaces will often have a plywood backing that can help make the surface more flexible. Since marble does not have this same backing, it can crack under too much pressure. You want to be careful about placing too much weight on the surface so no standing or sitting on your marble countertops and no heavy furniture on the flooring. 

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