How to Clean a Marble Fireplace

The Beauty of a Marble Fireplace

The sheer beauty of some Marble can be breathtaking, especially when used for a marble fireplace to provide the focal point of a room. From Carrara Marble to Crema Marfil there are hundreds of different types of Marble to choose from.  The term marble is often used to refer to any hard, calcite rock that can be cut or polished. Luxury home interior marbles have been valued since antiquity for sculpture and for architectural uses.

How to clean a marble fireplace?

It’s true that marble is a very durable material but it is also very porous and susceptible to staining unfortunately. If the stain has been left on the surface for a long time the stain will probably have penetrated deep into the marble, in this case you will need a marble expert to come and have a look at the damage. However, if the stain is recent, we’d suggest you use a damp micro fibre cloth to remove any excess residue on the surface, always making sure you dry the surface once it’s been wiped. You can also use very fine wire wool to buff away any water spots or light etching.

How to remove burn marks from a marble fireplace?

If your marble fireplace has visible burn marks, it’s usually best for a marble specialist to come and have a look first. There are some home remedies that you can do, like mixing ammonia and warm water together and let the solution lie on the burn marks for 5 minutes, then scrub the ammonia mix into the burn mark until the burn mark is removed. You can also make a paste from baking soda and water and let it sit on the burn mark for a few hours (3 minimum) and then wipe away with a clean damp cloth.

Can heat crack a marble fireplace?

If your marble fireplace starts to crack, this will not be due to the heat of the fire, but more likely due to the installation of the marble fireplace, or the surface around the fireplace is moving. Marble can certainly be fragile under some circumstances but there is no way it should be cracking due to heat exposure. Marble is specifically used for fireplaces because it is heat resistant.

How to remove scratches from a marble fireplace?

If the scratches are deep, you will need to call a marble professional, as they will need to sand back the surface with diamond abrasives until the scratch has been fully removed. However, if it’s just a surface scratch you can usually remove them with some soap and warm water, and some polish. All you need to do is wet a rag in warm soapy water to clean the surface, then dry buff the area with a dry rag to ensure there is no water. If you have some fine wire wool you can also buff the area with this. You can then use some marble polish to buff the area. If any streaks are left behind just buff away with fine wire wool.

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Marble Kitchen Countertops

Marble Kitchen Countertops

The sheer beauty of some Marble can be breathtaking. From Carrara Marble to Crema Marfil there are hundreds of different types of Marble to choose from. While marble is certainly a beautiful natural stone, the question is.. should you use it as a kitchen countertop?

Can you use marble for kitchen countertops?

The simple answer is yes! but you must look after it! Marble is the top choice for kitchen worktops for many homeowners because of its beauty and durability, however, it isn’t perfect! Depending on what marble you go for, some are more dense than others, while others can be very porous. Marble is generally composed of calcium carbonate, which can react badly to acids, like lemon juice or vinegar, which can leave an etching mark on the surface or your marble kitchen countertop.

How to take care of a marble kitchen countertop?

Ensure your marble kitchen countertop is well sealed with a penetrating sealer like “lithofin stain-stop“, this will stop most stains from penetrating deep into the marble. Some, if not most, acids will still etch the surface, but these can be easily dealt with some fine wirewool and some polish, however, this will only be possible if the marble has a honed finished, rather than a polished finish. If the marble has a high gloss on it from either a polish or some kind of acrylic, you will need to get a marble specialist to help you, as the surface will probably need to be sanded back with diamond abrasives.

Are marble kitchen countertops a good idea?

As usual, the answer to a question like this is, it depends! Are you looking for zero maintenance with a surface that hardly ever stains? Marble probably isnt the right stone for you! I’d suggest you go for something a lot denser like granite. However, if what you want is a beautiful stone that will make your kitchen look beautiful, there are few stones as beautiful as marble. This is why Marble is so popular with kitchen countertops because they really do make the whole kitchen look fantastic.

How much do marble kitchen countertops cost?

We get asked how much marble kitchen counters cost quite a lot. We do not personally install marble kitchen countertops ourselves but have asked around to give you an idea of cost. Generally, you would be looking at around £320 per square meter for marble. Granite can be anywhere between £270-£450 for high end granite, and quartz tends to be even more expensive at about £475 per square meter on average.

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Viakal Stain Removal From Marble Shower

Viakal Marble Bathroom Stains

We’ve been working for many years in the marble industry and worked on all types of natural stone, however, the one job we most work on tends to be the removal of Viakal stains from marble showers. It’s caused when using Viakal to remove limescale around taps and showerheads. If you are not careful when cleaning these, the viakal can easily stain the marble in your bathroom or shower.

Why does Viakal stain marble?

As you can see from the Viakal safety data sheet below, Viakal has 3 types of acid in it, Formic acid, Deceth-8, and Citric acid, none of which are very good for marble.

These acids are designed to breakaway limescale, the problem is, it also burns, or etches into the marble, leaving pale white burn marks. These can look terrible and almost unsolvable! However, there is a way to remove these Viakal marble shower stains.

How to safely remove Viakal bathroom stains

To remove the burn marks caused by Viakal on the marble shower tiles we use a 5-inch diamond pad to grind away the surface. Depending on how badly stained the marble tiles are in the shower wall, we use a more abrasive pad until the stains are removed. We then move onto a finer diamond pad until the wall is completely honed and sealed. We tend to use between 4 or 5 pads to ensure all the Viakal stains have been removed from the shower walls. Once the wall has been ground back to its original colour we seal and polish, bringing the shower wall back to life!

How to protect your marble after the removal of Viakal marble shower stains

Once we have removed the Viakal shower stain, it’s important to look after your marble tiles as much as possible. For starters, keep Viakal away! If you want to keep limescale away, it’s important to ensure the bathroom remains as dry as possible. Use a squeegee after you use the shower to dry away any water droplets that may remain on the marble tiles. Only use a neutral detergent (Fairy washing up liquid is an example of a neutral detergent) to help clean the tiles to remove any soaps or liquids that may have splashed onto the walls during your shower.

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