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Understanding Your Marble and How to Care for it

Updated: May 31

Marble, according to many people, is the most beautiful of all natural stones. Many homeowners prefer to incorporate this stone into their homes in the form of showers and vanity tops, countertops, backsplashes and even flooring. No matter where it is installed, marble will always be a show stopper.


Marble comes in various forms, from full slabs to cut tiles, with endless combinations of coloring and veining, to a honed matte finish or a polished finish.


Honed marble possesses a raw, natural look while polished looks sleek and shiny. Honed is less reflective with its matte finish and polished marble will put an emphasis on all of its attributes including color and veining.


As natural marble is more porous than other countertop materials it does create problems when maintaining. The three most common problems associated with marble are etching, staining and scratches.


Whether you have honed or polished marble, stains can become an issue.

Yes your marble was certainly sealed when it was installed and if it was properly applied, this has guarded against most stains. But after time and with repeated daily cleaning using soaps and harsh chemicals, the sealers ability to fend off stains becomes increasingly less effective.


Things that can stain your marble include coffee and teas, fruits and vegetables high in beta carotene such as carrots and blueberries, hard waters high in minerals, as well as ammonias and vinegars.


Because of its calcium carbonate make up, Marble is a softer natural stone than others. Scratching can occur quite easily and can be quite unsightly on your expensive surface. Scratches tend to be less visible on honed marble while a polished marble tends to show off every little thing.


Etching in Marble occurs when a spill of an acidic liquid or food is left uncleaned for some time. Lemon juice or tomato products are two of the biggest offenders but cleaners containing alcohol or ammonia that are left pooled can create etching as well.

Etching creates a dull area where the product was left standing. Again, polished marble will highlight etching more than a honed marble.


So how should you take care of your marble?


Whether it is polished or honed, you want your investment to look brand new for years to come. First and foremost you need to take caution around your marble. Be aware of any spills or pooling of liquids and clean them as fast as possible. Olson Marble and Stone Care recommend using this cleaner; StoneTech KlenzAll which does an amazing job leaning and preparing your stone for sealing in which we recommend the water based BulletProof from StoneTech and the Solvent based Stain-Proof from DryTreat.

(In no way is Olson receiving any kickback from either of these companies for our recommendation. In our opinion, they are far and away the most superior products for cleaning and sealing your natural surfaces)

Sealing will help prevent liquid and stains from working their way down into the pores of the stone.

But unfortunately we all get a bit tired with age and marble is no exception.

When Marble needs a small face lift to return it back to its original shine, you will need some professional service to attend to her.


At Olson Marble and Stone Care, Our trained and certified professional staff will evaluate your surface and determine the most effective process necessary for refinishing and restoring it back to its original condition.

Whether we use hot-water rotary extraction, high-speed chemical polishing and honing, or the diamond grind process, the end result is always customer satisfaction and we always stand behind our work.


And now that she’s young again it’s up to you to watch those spills and keep her properly cleaned all the while knowing that we’ll be right here the next time she needs freshening up.


Our customers from all over the valley including Los Altos Hills, Atherton, Hillsborough, Los Gatos, Silver Creek, Monte Sereno and Saratoga trust Olson Marble and Stone Care to be their first call to handle all their Natural Stone and Concrete needs at very competitive pricing. And we guarantee our pricing is the same for our customers all over San Jose and the Bay as it is with our customers in Pebble Beach.


Next month, We're going to begin discussing concrete! Stay tuned!


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