Marble has been used for centuries as a building material, and remains a great choice for many modern home applications. It is formed when limestone is subjected to intense heat, which over time, causes the crystals to rearrange and create the beautiful patterns that this material is known for. The ancient greeks used marble to construct columns, the famous Venus de Milo statue by Alexandros of Antioch is made of marble, and it was a favored medium of the great Michelangelo. Like granite, marble is heat-resistant, and can even be used for fireplaces.
It is essential for the longevity of your marble that it is sealed, and subsequently resealed on 6 month basis. This is especially important if the surface is used regularly. The best way to tell if your marble is due to be resealed is to put a drop of water on the surface and observe how quickly it absorbs. If the drop is absorbed quickly, your marble is due for resealing.
Marble is made of calcium carbonate, which will react with anything acidic, so the use of vinegar or other acidic cleaners should be avoided. Other harsh cleaning products like bleach and ammonia can also damage the marble and should be used sparingly. Simply wiping your surface down with dish soap and water with a microfiber cloth is ideal, as it will clean the surface and avoid scratching in the process. A designated stone cleaner is also an excellent choice for those tougher messes. For stubborn stains, blot the area to prevent it from spreading. Next, flush the are with mild soap and water until the stain lifts.