Outdoor Marble Care: Cleaning Tips for Outdoor Marble in Restaurants

Eating outdoors is a natural mood booster, so providing places for your guests to eat in the fresh air is a great way to ensure they have a good time.

But if you have marble tabletops that are in disrepair, it may bring your guests mood down.

We put together this guide to help you keep your outdoor marble bars and tables in outstanding condition. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about marble care.

Keep It Clean

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” -Benjamin Franklin

This couldn’t be more accurate when it comes to maintaining outdoor marble surfaces. Marble is a stone and will wear down with repeated exposure to weather. It is also significantly more difficult to remove stains if they have time to set in.

Although you can use special cleaners for marble, it’s best to stick with a soft cloth and hot water as often as possible.

And remember, only use cleaners that are designed specifically for marble occasionally.

Remove Stains

Even with a meticulous cleaning routine, stains happen. To protect your marble, remove stains as soon as you notice them. This can prevent them from soaking in more than they already have.

To remove a stain yourself, you’ll want to use a paste made with baking soda and water. Smear it onto the stain and allow it to set for a while before wiping it off with a soft cloth.

If needed, you can cover this paste with plastic and allow it to set overnight. Tough stains may require more than one application.

Avoid Acids

Any type of acid is dangerous to marble. It can remove the seal and scratch the stone itself. When this happens, you’ll notice a loss of luster on the surface. What you don’t see is this damaged surface is the perfect place for bacteria to breed.

Even citrus fruits contain acid and should be kept away from your marble surfaces. If your restaurant uses lime or lemon wedges, always provide a bowl for customers to place them when they’re done so they don’t end up on the marble surfaces.

Get Professional Restoration

There will come a time in the life of your marble surfaces when they’ll need professional restoration. It could be because they’ve become stained beyond your own removal abilities or that they naturally wore down over time.

Whatever the reason, you’ll want to have your marble tabletops professionally restored and sealed when they start looking dull. Only a professional who understands the way marble works can choose the right course of action to restore a worn marble surface.

Need More Help with Marble Care?

You now have everything you need to know about the basics of marble care. If you take care of your marble countertops and tabletops, they will last for many years.

If you’re ready to call in a professional to get help with your marble, contact us. We’ll be more than happy to provide you with a free estimate and more information about how our services can help you.

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How to Clean Natural Stone and Marble: 4 Tips for Florida Residents

Natural stone and marble are elegant in any home. But it’s important to know how to clean them properly. Here are 4 tips for Florida residents.

Did you choose natural stone and marble to add elegance and sophistication to your home?

If so, it’s important you know how to clean your natural stone and marble.

Keeping this material beautiful requires a little extra TLC when it comes to cleaning it.

How to Clean Natural Stone So It Keeps Its Shine

Caring for your natural stone or marble floors and counters requires a soft touch, gentle products, and regular cleaning.

Here are 4 tips to keep these surfaces gleaming:

1. Preventative Maintenance

If you have mats or rugs on your marble floors, be sure to shake them out on a regular basis. This will lessen the likelihood of dirt getting tracked in from the outside and scratching the surface of the floors.

Even though your countertops are stone, avoid placing hot items directly on the surface.

Silver, ceramic, and china can also scratch those smooth surfaces.  Make sure to keep a placemat underneath them.

And remember to use coasters under all glasses. You especially need to protect your counters from beverages containing alcohol or citrus – as the acids in these can dull your marble surface.

If you do spill anything, it’s important to clean it up as soon as possible.

2. What to Avoid

Whether cleaning up spills or performing routine cleaning, be sure to steer clear of anything acidic like vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners that contain acidic ingredients. They are corrosive and will put your stone or marble in danger of scratches, etches or other marks.

Steer clear of bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners, or tub and tile cleaners too.

Also, avoid any abrasive cleaners. Dry powdery cleaners are among the biggest offenders, but even so-called “soft” cleaners are still too abrasive. Even using a sponge with a scouring surface can pull the sealant from the stone or marble.

3. Keep Your Cleaning Gentle

Beyond avoiding those abrasive cleaners, you’ll also need to clean with a soft touch.

Fill up a bucket with five cups of warm water, then add two to three drops of a mild, pH neutral dish soap. Be sure the soap has no acidic ingredients.

Mix until bubbles start to form on the top.

As you approach your counter with a soft cotton cloth, work in gentle circular motions to lift any dirt or other debris that is on your stone.

If you are using a mop, move left and right in large sweeping motions to remove dirt and gunk from the floor.

Remember, be gentle.

4. Rinse and Dry

To keep the shimmer and shine of those surfaces, be sure to rinse off the cleaning solution.

With the same gentle motions and soft rags or mops, use distilled water to clear off any leftover soap. If you don’t have distilled water, you can boil tap water and then wait for it to cool.

Keep Your Stone and Marble Healthy!

Now that you know how to clean natural stone and marble – and that it doesn’t involve a lot of exhausting scrubbing – there’s nothing stopping you from keeping those surfaces shining.

And if you’re looking for marble and natural stone maintenance that goes beyond simple cleaning, turn to the professionals. Make the most of your investment.

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Remove Ugly Grime on Marble

Luxury yachts and hotels often have beautiful natural stone surfaces that require expert care from our Classic Marble Restoration business in Florida. Terrazzo cleaning is necessary occasionally to remove grime that builds up on floors or walls. A thick film of dirt from heavy foot traffic makes it difficult for guests to see the attractive colors of stone tiles set in cement or epoxy in a beautiful pattern. Because terrazzo is a composite surface, it has a lot of grouting that will degrade with harsh treatment.

Improve Stone’s Luster

Applying moisture to natural stone is the best way to prevent cleansers from seeping into the materials. However, we must apply water carefully to avoid damaging the resins that hold the tiny stone tiles on underlying surfaces. Our technicians use gentle cleansers made without dyes that can absorb into natural stone or cement. Terrazzo polishing can improve the luster of the gorgeous stone tiles, but removing too much of the marble, glass or quartz destroys the appearance of a design.

Fix Loose Tiles

Terrazzo restoration is frequently necessary to repair loose tiles or replace missing grout. We suggest having problems with damaged tiles or sealants fixed as quickly as possible to prevent additional problems. Our technicians also remove yellowed wax or peeling sealants before applying new chemicals to protect stone tiles from the effects of saltwater or particles of sand. Our Classic Marble Restoration technicians use professional terrazzo polishing equipment to eliminate chips and scratches from stone.

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Maintaining Stone’s Sheen

Classic Marble Restoration of Florida provides commercial and residential marble polishing services to help maintain this stone’s sheen. Our trained technicians have worked in a variety of buildings throughout this area for over 10 years. We understand how to care for different types of stone, including granite, quartz and marble to prevent damage from harsh cleansers and tools. Our company uses a specialized machine with diamond particle discs to smooth chips and cracks from stone before vacuuming the fine dust.

Use Soft Cloths

We are happy to provide marble cleaning tips to our clients to help them maintain stone surfaces between professional natural stone restoration appointments. When liquids are spilled on stone countertops or floors, it is a good idea to use a soft cloth to soak up the moisture as quickly as possible. This is because moisture will seep into the porous surface of stone items that do not have sealants. When a stain is left behind by a liquid, never use surfactants with dyes to remove the spots from grout or stone.

Apply Protective Sealants

Our natural stone restoration technicians can remove stains and scratches from tiles located on the interior and exterior of buildings. In addition to removing dirt from floors and countertops carefully, we can replace resins and cements that hold stone tiles firmly in place. To protect marble, quartz or granite from extensive damage caused by dirt, we suggest that clients have us apply fresh coats of wax or sealants.

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Countertop Repair and Restoration in South Florida

Marble is probably the most stunning natural stone used in homes, hotels, offices and yachts. Whether having your beautiful countertops honed or polished, repair and restorations are a must to keep the stone looking beautiful for years!  Honed marble is very scratch resistant because it lacks the glossy surface of polished marble. Therefore, when honed marble does get scratched, it is not obviously reflected when light hits it.  Polished marble has a shiny coat which acts as a type of protection, therefore allowing it to withstand stains better. However, the reflective characteristic of the finish makes it more prone to scratches.  Similar to you and I, marble stone goes through good times and bad times. You could say that it wears its feelings on its sleeve, and its scars never heal. This is when you have to give Classic Marble Restoration and call to heal and make your natural stone look new again.

Basic Natural Stone Maintenance

For small stains that appear on your countertop wiping it immediately is ideal. Especially with honed marble, this soaks up liquid spills faster than polished marble. Also cleaning with basic marble cleaner or soap and water does help with keeping the countertops nice and clean.

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To maintain that brand new, just installed look over the years, a professional cleaning is required and the only company that lives up to its reputation is Classic Marble Restoration. We handle all kinds of issues that come with repairing and restoring natural stoneware, from water stains to cracks in the marble and everything in between. At Classic Marble Restoration, we take pride in the quality we bring out in the marble and the wonderful customer service we provide.

For more information on our marble countertop restoration services or to get a free estimate, feel free to give us a call.

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