Marble Coffee Tables
Choice Furniture Superstore
£428.00 - £1,064.00
Furniture in Fashion
Care Tips for Marble Tables
Marble tables are a lifetime investment, with impressive longevity of over a hundred years. They add that extra spice to your home, although they can be high maintenance. With steady care, marble tables are capable of witnessing many years of good times. So, here are some helpful tips to care for your marble tables.
Clean Your Marble Table Right
Marble tables ought to be cleaned regularly; and since you would need to do it every day, going green would be a good idea. An environment-friendly marble cleaner will be both soft on the stone and safe on our planet.
A soft cloth or a sponge and a mild detergent should suffice for cleaning. A professional marble cleaning detergent that is pH neutral and non-abrasive is your best choice.
Avoid using generic household cleaners for cleaning your marble tables. Don’t use cleansing agents like vinegar, ammonia, bleach, or even a lemon wedge. They do more harm than good, as acids and alkalis seep into the stone and damage it.
Cut Through the Stains
Two things can mar the beauty of your marble table – stains and etch marks. But often, they are confused with each other.
Stains occur when substances leak into the pores of the material below the surface. Fortunately, they are not permanent. Acidic food and drink can discolour the marble surface, dissolving the stone's sealants and mineral composition. This is also the case with harsh alkaline products found in household cleaners.
Etching takes only a few seconds to start, and the erosion gets severe over time. Also, etching affects polished marble furniture more than the honed marble, as it only affects the areas which have come into contact with abrasive materials/ acids, and such areas look duller than the adjacent polished surfaces, make it apparent.
Pin down the cause of the stain. Some of the most common organic stains are tea, coffee and wine spills. Oil-based stains like milk, butter, cooking oil, and even hand lotion can damage the marble. Vegetable and fruit juices are also culprits for staining marble surfaces, especially marble dining tables or counter tops- the common ones being lemons, citrus, tomatoes. Ink stains can result from pens and markers. A poultice made using mineral spirits and hydrogen peroxide can remove these stains.
To prevent etching, clean up any spills, especially those of an acidic nature, immediately before they can soak in. Placemats, coasters, or trivets can protect the surface from ring marks, stains, and etching.
Use a marble polishing powder to fix the etch spots. If it is due to acid and still fresh, sprinkling some baking powder evenly will remove the stain in a few minutes. But if the exposure is for too long, the damage may be permanent.
Common household cleaners like bleach, vinegar, ammonia and citrus cleaners are too harsh for use on marble and will cause damage to the finish. If the poultice doesn't make a difference to the stain even on reapplication, seek professional help.
Let Your Marble Top Coffee Tables Shine
You can keep your marble table as good as new with a few simple steps.
Seal your marble once every six months. This may seem a bit of a chore; but a suitable sealant will close out all the pores and not allow liquids to penetrate. Marble polish can be used regularly to maintain the lustre in the long run.
If your marble table comes with the instruction to not seal it, it is best not to, as the sealer may dry up and turn into stains on the surface. You will need chemicals to remove it.
Do not use soap to clean your table. Although soap does not harm the stone, it creates a thin layer over time, which can make your table look dull.
Prevent Scratch Marks
A downside of marble is that it tends to scratch easily. A ball of high-quality steel wool can be used to buff the minor scratches, after which it can be topped up with some marble polish to get back the lustre. But there is no true way to remove a deep scratch once it has happened. Small white dots called "stun marks" appear when something heavy falls on the marble. These are permanent. Preventing such accidents is the only way.
Dust the marble table to remove tiny dirt particles that can cause scratches.
Make use of placemats and runners under bowls, dishes, or any hard objects that can harm your table.
Use only a soft, damp cloth for cleaning marble tables.
Caring for Faux Marble Top Tables
Faux marble or cultured marble is not porous like natural marble. But it can stain and scratch if handled without care. Caring for faux marble is similar to natural marble.
Clean your faux marble regularly using a non-abrasive cleansing agent and a soft sponge. A coat of gel gloss can be applied to restore the shine whenever the surface appears dull. Application of wax or fibreglass polish once or twice a year can help retain the lustre.
It is true that marble tables need that extra care to look good for longer. But considering they are worth the investment; it is just a matter of settling into the care routine. This natural stone is one luxurious addition to your home. Go that extra mile to keep it beautiful.