There are many great reasons to install marble surfaces in your home, whether that is a marble countertop, tabletop, marble floors or other surfaces. This natural stone is one of the most beautiful materials you can have in your home. However, one of the downsides to marble is that the stone can scratch easily. There is no true way to totally prevent any scratches from happening. With that said, exercising caution around the surface will be the best way to try to avoid scratches. Also, while this will not necessarily keep scratches away, cleaning marble and applying a sealer when necessary are very important aspects of caring for the stone.
If this happens to your marble, there is no need to panic, as there are simple ways to remove scratches. By following the steps outlined below, you can restore your marble’s beauty.
While deep scratches will require professional help, removing minor scratches is a DIY job. Surface scratches are often caused by dirt and are easy to remove.
Fill a bowl with a mixture of water and mild dish washing detergent. Keep the water warm, but not hot.
Wet one of your soft cloths. Wring it well, then gently rub the scratched marble surface. Many small scratches in marble are caused by dirt or grit. A gentle cleaning -and the key word here is gentle- can work wonders.
Dip a second soft cloth in water, wring, then thoroughly rinse the marble surface. Rinse the cloth often to ensure that all traces of soap are removed.
Buff the now-clean marble with a dry soft cloth. Sometimes this simple cleaning is sufficient to remove small scratches from the surface.
If the cleaning and buffing don’t remove the scratches from the marble, try gently rubbing the scratch with a piece of fine-grained sandpaper. Use a light hand.
Finish up by using a commercial marble polish, available in hardware and home stores. One well-known brand name is Gel-Gloss.
Seek professional help if the scratch is deep or doesn’t respond to your efforts. Experts have both the expertise as well as the special tools to treat badly damaged marble surfaces.