Why is Marble Scary?

But rst, let’s talk about all the reasons that people are scared of marble. According to the scientists in the earth sciences department where my husband works, marble is a carbonate. (No, not carbonite; that’s what they froze Han Solo in. Di erent thing. More scary.) Choosing stone countertops is quite a proposition when you have a close connection with geology faculty; they say things like, “Why would you ever put a CARBONATE in your kitchen?” over drinks at the holiday party. But I digress.

What Causes Marble Etching?

Marble is indeed prone to marking because of its calcium carbonate makeup, which reacts with any acid. Acid literally eats away a tiny bit of the surface, creating dull spots, also known as etches. This means that any splash of lemon juice, any damp margarita glass, is going to leave a subtle mark.

Is Marble Hard to Clean?

The etching issue also gives marble the reputation of being nicky and hard to clean. Yes, you don’t want to use some common and acidic natural cleaners like vinegar and lemon juice. But other than that, marble is just like other natural stones: durable, easy-wearing, and really easy to clean.

But rst, let’s just talk basic cleaning. It’s super simple. And if you also have marble, I’d be curious to hear from you about whether you clean yours the same way, or if you use something else.

What You Need?

  • Equipment
  • Warm water
  • Gentle, non-abrasive dish soap
  • Spray bottle
  • Dish cloth or cleaning rag
  • Soft, absorbent towel


  1. Mix warm water and gentle dish soap: Fill a spray bottle with warm water and add about a tablespoon of gentle, non-abrasive dish soap. Don’t use anything with acid or lemon juice. Shake gently to mix the soap and water.
  2. Spray the counter with the dish soap solution: Spray the countertop lightly with the warm dish soap solution.
  3. Wipe with a hot, wet dish cloth: Wipe the soapy water o the counter with a wet dish cloth.
  4. Dry with an absorbent towel: Rub the countertop dry and bu with a soft, absorbent towel.

Originaal tekst: https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-clean-marble-countertops-cleaning-lessons-from-the-kitchn-202955