cleaning carrara marble

Ultimate Guide to How To Clean Carrara Marble

Carrara Marble is the most classic of all marble, it has even been used since ancient rome. Carrara Marble adds a look to a home like no other home accent, however, if the marble is not keep clean then a lot of this beauty is lost. This article is designed to provide everything you need to know about Carrara marble, and be your guide to how to clean Carrara marble!


​What you will need

Warm Water

White Towel

White Chamois or Microfiber towel

What to do with a spill on your Carrara Marble


Quickly Wipe up the Spill

With the white dish towel quickly wipe up the spill. If the spill is an acidic liquid, like wine, then be sure to quickly remove the stain in its entirety, because the acidic substance will quickly etch the surface in a matter of seconds.


Clean the Towel

Rinse the white towel in the sink, be sure to remove all of the spill from the towel. If the spill does not come out of the towel, then use a fresh towel for step 3.


Using the Marble Cleaner, re-clean surface

Spray the marble cleaner over the entire spill, and using the clean white towel, completely wipe down the surface. 

You can use a homemade marble cleaner made of a mild detergent and water if you would like. However, over time using soapy water can dull the shine of your marble so we do not recommend using a homemade marble cleaner for an extended period of time. 

However, the homemade marble cleaner is easy because it can typically be made with supplies that are around the house. The Marble Institute also recommends just using warm water and a mild detergent in certain cases. 

We recommend using MarbleLife's Marble and Travertine Cleaner, we did a detailed study on the best preforming marble cleaning. See the details in marble cleaner review


Dry Surface Completely

Once you have finished cleaning the marble surface, wipe the surface down with the dry chamois. Be sure the marble surface is dry. Water left on the marble surface can cause stains.

After you are finished cleaning the marble surface be sure to check and see if a stain was left behind by the spill. If a stain was left behind we recommend you read our article titled: 6 Easy Steps to Marble Stain Removal . This how to guide will help you identify what type of stain you have and how to tackle it!

If the spill left behind a light dull mark then is its possible that you may have etched your marble. If so, the liquid you spilled may have been acidic and actually etched the surface. 

​An etch mark occurs when an acidic substance chemically reacts with marble and dissolves part of the top surface of the marble. If you rub your hands over the marble surface you can actually feel the etch mark. To remove the etch mark you have to actually re-polish the surface and buff the etch mark out of the marble. See our 4 steps to Marble Etch Removal. 

Pro Tip:

If you do not clean up the marble spill quickly, the spill can result in a permanent stain.  This occurs when the spilled liquids or materials penetrate the pours in the marble surface making it almost impossible to remove with a conventional marble cleaner. For a more robust stain removal method see our marble stain removal article.

For Regular Maintenance, Try These Steps 

If you just used your marble surface and you need to clean up, then these easy steps will have all you need to keep your Carrara marble clean and help protect your investment for the future. 


Wipe Down the Carrara Marble

With a white towel, gently wipe down the surface. Be sure to remove any dust or grit because when you scrub your marble these materials can scratch the surface.


Spray Marble Cleaner over entire surface

Spray entire surface with the marble cleaner. Be sure the cleaner completely covered the surface. This will make cleaning much easier and more efficient. 


Wipe Down Surface 

Rinse the towel in the sink under cold water, and be sure to remove all loose materials from the towel. Then with the towel, wipe down the surface again. You can apply a little more pressure to the marble countertop if needed.


Dry the Surface

Once you have finished cleaning the marble surface, wipe the surface down with the dry chamois or microfiber towel. Be sure the marble countertop is dry. Water left on the countertop can cause stains.

When you are finished cleaning and there are still stains left on the marble countertop then you may have permanent stains that cannot be removed with ordinary marble cleaner.

If foreign substances are not removed from your marble surfaces quickly then many times these substances, especially liquids, will enter the pours of the marble surface and create a permanent stain. See our 6 steps to Marble Stain Removal. 

Sealing Carrara Marble

Sealing Carrara Marble really helps prevent stains. The marble sealer impregnates the marble's pours and helps block foreign substances from penetrating the stone as thus becoming a stain. 

We recommend you apply a marble sealer to all of your Carrara Marble surfaces. So your Carrara Marble Countertops, floors, Tile floors, and even Carrara Marble Showers should be sealed. 

Sealing Marble Showers is typically not recommended, however, for Carrara marble it is a best practice. This is important for Carrara marble because it contains iron and metallic deposits inside the stone. When water is cyclically applied to Carrara marble, the water will penetrate the marble surface time and time again. Over time the water will begin to rust the metallic deposits inside the stone and create a yellowish stain inside the stone.

If the Carrara Marble is sealed then the marble is protected from the water and will no longer be allowed to penetrate the stone thus preventing the rust stain. We therefore highly recommend sealing your Carrara Marble in your shower.

For more info on marble sealers, check out our guide to marble sealers. 

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