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Afraid of marble maintenance (but it is so pretty)

Updated: Apr 24

Have you, like many new to marble, been conflicted “I’m afraid of marble maintenance, but it is

so pretty,” you’ve thought! Like all finer things, the trade off really IS worth it; here’s how.


Choosing marble for your home is an investment that speaks volumes about elegance and

sophistication. Each marble slab tells a unique story through intricate patterns, making every

piece a masterpiece in its own right. The sheer variety of marble, ranging from classic whites to

exotic hues, offers endless possibilities for expressing individual style and taste!


Investing in marble is not just about enhancing the aesthetics of your property though. It's also

about adding significant value.


Homes adorned with marble command attention and admiration, attracting discerning buyers

who recognize the inherent quality and prestige associated with this material. Choosing marble

is a statement of appreciation for the finer things in life, enriching both the visual appeal and

intrinsic value of your property for years to come.


Are you worried about having marble installed in your home because of the maintenance

involved? Just about anything that is of high value or a good investment needs a level of upkeep

to protect it.


Maintaining the marble in your home involves not only keeping it aesthetically pleasing, but

also preserving its structural integrity and beauty over time.



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Here are some ways to maintain the value of your marble in your shower or kitchen:


  • Regular Cleaning: Clean the marble surfaces regularly with a mild, pH-neutral cleaner and warm water. Avoid harsh chemicals, acidic cleaners, or abrasive tools that can damage the marble.


  • Avoid Soap Scum Buildup: Soap scum can dull the appearance of marble over time. After each use, wipe down the marble surfaces with a soft cloth or squeegee to prevent soap scum buildup.


  • Prevent Hard Water Stains: Hard water can leave mineral deposits on marble surfaces, causing stains and discoloration. Consider installing a water softener to reduce mineral buildup, and wipe down the marble regularly to prevent stains.


Avoid Abrasive Cleaners and Tools: Avoid using abrasive cleaners, harsh scrub brushes, or harsh

scouring pads on marble surfaces, as they can scratch or etch the surface. Stick to soft clothes,

soft white polishing pad, very soft brush for grout joints specifically or sponges for cleaning.

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Here are some ways to maintain the value of your marble on your floors:


  • Prompt Spill Cleanup: Wipe up spills immediately to prevent staining and etching. Use a soft cloth or paper towel to blot the spill rather than wiping it, which can spread the liquid and potentially cause more damage.


  • Use Mats and Rugs: Place mats or area rugs in high-traffic areas and entryways to protect marble floors from scratches and wear. Make sure the mats have non-slip backings to prevent accidents.


  • Prevent Scratches: Place felt pads under furniture legs to prevent scratches on marble floors. Avoid dragging heavy or sharp objects across the surface, and use caution when moving furniture or other items to prevent damage.


  • Avoid High Heels and Sharp Objects: Discourage walking on marble floors with high heels or shoes with sharp or abrasive soles, as they can cause scratches or damage to the surface. Trim pet nails regularly to prevent scratching.


Keeping your looking its best can be a challenge but there’s no need to be afraid of marble

maintenance! By following these simple practices, you can ensure that your marble surfaces

retain their beauty, durability, and value for years to come.


At TERSO MR® we’ve learned that professional maintenance every 1-2 years is essential,

because no matter how careful we are, our buildings settle, and that can lead to tiny fissures in

grout if left unchecked.


If maintaining your marble seems a little intimidating, consider hiring a professional marble

maintenance service. In the northern NJ and NYC area, we’re ready with low-disruption, highly

effective maintenance expertise to help you with everything from regular maintenance

inspections, to repairs, grout and stone protection and sealing – especially helpful if the marble

is heavily used or exposed to hard water.

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