How do you care for marble and travertine furniture?
Marble is created through the metamorphosis of limestone in conjunction with natural elements and is characterized by different colors and patterns. Because marble can easily become stained, etched, and dull, it is important to know how to care for it.
Travertine is also a form of limestone, a sedimentary rock typically formed in springs, rivers and lakes. It often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and comes in white, beige, cream and even rusty varieties.
There are some basic rules to get the most out of your marble furniture and ensure its longevity:
- Be careful not to create wet rings on the surface, especially after watering flowers or plants.
- Place coasters or trivets under glasses and dishes to prevent rings from forming.
- Never expose marble or travertine furniture to sharp objects that can scratch the limestone.
- Never use vinegar, ammonia, bleach, lemon or orange juice to clean marble or travertine as acids can corrode these limestones.
Cleaning and maintenance:
Wipe marble and travertine surfaces with a soft cloth twice a week . Both materials tend to stain very quickly, especially if liquids are left on the surface. If you spill something, clean it up immediately. Don't wait too long as a simple stain can turn into a stubborn stain that is sometimes even impossible to remove. Immediately clean orange juice, coffee, wine and other drinks (or foods) with strong pigments and rinse with a clean, damp cloth. Never let water sit on marble or travertine surfaces as this can cause stains.
Clean as gently as possible, never use abrasive cleaners or dust sprays. Wash marble and travertine regularly with a cloth dampened with lukewarm water and, if necessary, a little mild dishwashing detergent. Only use soap solutions that are strong enough to remove the dirt but mild enough to leave the limestone intact. Gently run the cloth over the surface, making circular movements on the areas that need a little more pressure. Remove the soap with another damp cloth and dry the limestone.