Marble tops offer a sophisticated, durable alternative to formica, laminate and wood. Many antique pieces, such as old wash basins, have marble tops, as do coffee tables, mantels and other furnishings. Whether you’ve chosen marble tops, rented an apartment that has one or you have inherited a marble top, cleaning it properly will help it last a lifetime — or longer. To make a marble top shiny, polish it after cleaning. If it’s especially dirty or stained, you might need to apply a poultice or sand it. Sealing a marble top after cleaning or sanding helps give it a shine.
Things You Will Need
- Soft rags
- Stone cleaner or mild detergent
- Chamois cloth
- Marble-polishing paste or stone polish (optional)
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Baking soda
- Plastic wrap
- Painter’s tape or masking tape
- Razor blade
- Spray bottle
- Palm sander or sanding block
- 120-grit sandpaper
- 300-grit sandpaper
- 600-grit sandpaper
- Oil-repellent marble sealer
If you have etching on your countertops from using the wrong cleansers, buffing with a chamois might not get them shiny enough. Marble-polishing paste helps fill in etch marks and scratches.
If using a palm sander, choose small sandpaper sheets made for your sander.
Any cleanser other than specially formulated stone cleaner can build up over time and dull the surface of marble.
Do not use abrasive or acidic cleansers to clean marble.
If using a palm sander, put on goggles.