People often ask, ‘Why is marble so expensive?’ Well, the reason is that it’s a beautiful material sourced painstakingly from the earth where it has been buried for thousands of years. When you bring it into your home, you expose it to elements that would never normally touch it. So, like any luxury product, it has to be taken very good care of. That’s why we’ve put together this little guide to help you keep your marble surfaces looking like new.

  • Clean marble regularly

If you’re the type that does the bathroom once a week, probably on a Sunday, you’re going to need to get yourself into a more active routine. Because marble requires frequent cleaning. Here’s a tip: every time you wash or brush your teeth, give the marble basin a little clean afterwards. That way, you’ll stop it from ever getting stained.

  • Just use a little bit of washing-up liquid

Use warm water and little bit of washing-up liquid. Never use vinegar, in spite of what you might read on the internet – marble doesn’t like acidic liquids and vinegar is very acidic. You might want to try a little hydrogen peroxide in your warm water, instead, if you’re cleaning light marble as it’s a very effective natural cleaning agent. And, yes, there are specialist marble cleaning products out there, but they’re really not necessary. A little bit of dish soap is all it takes, really.

  • Use a damp cloth to wash the basin

Don’t use any kind of cloth that is going to scratch the surface. It has to be soft. Don’t scrub – because you’re cleaning frequently, there should be no need. Just move the cloth in large circles over the marble and smaller circles with a little bit more pressure if there are any spots that need particular attention.

  • Dry with two separate cloths

Make sure the cloth you use to dry off the marble is just as soft as the washcloth – and very dry. Don’t leave any pools or spots to dry naturally as they might soak through and leave a stain (they will come out eventually once the marble dries out but it’s always best to just take care of it in the first place). Once you’ve done this, go over it with a second cloth so that it’s bone-dry.

  • Polish with a natural, soft material

Chamois is perfect for polishing marble and you actually shouldn’t need any polish as it will buff up with just a little ‘elbow grease’. Of course, you can use a yellow duster, but be aware that this is only for polishing and never for cleaning. Yellow dusters only move the dirt around, they don’t remove it, but they do help to buff up the marble nicely once it’s already clean. If you’re going to use a polish, whatever you do, make sure it’s a specialist marble polish. Other polishes may have the wrong chemical components and could damage the marble.