Cleaning Marble Countertops?

Hi, I live in Incirlik, Turkey on the base here (Me & Hubby got stationed here about 2 months ago from the US) and in the base housing we have Marble countertops. We were told to use 409 to clean it, but from what I've read online that isn't safe for it. Does anyone have any other suggestions? We are limited on cleaning supplies because we are at a Turkish base, so we only have what's available at the commissary.

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  • 9 years ago
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    You should practice comsec and not reveal you are related to the military on a public network like this. Now about the counter tops. Rubbing alcohol 40% solution if really great on marble. It will leave it very shiny.

    Again, seriously be careful not to reveal your hubbies job or your connection to the Military especially in that part of the world. Take care.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Generally, to keep it clean, just warm soapy water should do. If it is badly stained or discoloured, you can use a mild abrasive cleaner, such as Ajax or Vim powder, or Gumption paste.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I just use spray and wipe to clean it with the usual multiple-purpose cleaner

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  • Hi,

    I suggest you Pledge, Multiple Surfaces ( spray or wipes)

    It's a great product. Marvelous on Marble!

    Safely care for your sealed Marble & Granite.

    I really hope that they will have that product.

    In case they don't have the Pledge Multiple Surfaces, you also can use the regular ( yellow bottle)

    I'm going to attach the link for Pledge.

    * In case you want to cleaning with green products, just do a mix of a solution of borax and water. Then use a clean dry cloth and polish.

    I hope this help,

    Maid & House Cleaning Services in Orlando

    ** Now, I'm going to copy and paste this article and put it as a link on the source**

    Use a Ph neutral stone soap. Ph 7 is neutral. Many brands are available. Some brands are nearer to Ph neutral than others, and some are formulated specifically for marble. Stone soaps are synthetic detergents and are called soap for convenience.

    In a pinch:

    ! Pure Ivory soap (animal fat).

    ! Pure Castile soap (vegetable oil).

    Either may be used, but both tend to leave residue behind and must be thoroughly rinsed from the surface. The residue may form a scum or attract more dirt. The vegetable oil version is generally a better choice in the real soap line.

    * Avoid "hoaky" home remedies like vinegar, lemon, and TSP.

    Repeated application of acids or bases is one of the known ways to break down mineral substances, (marble and grout), by degrees of exposure. Marble and grout are a less sensitive to weak bases (Ph 7.5-8) than acids. TSP is a stronger base.

    * True, some formulated stone stain removers are either acidic or basic.

    But controlled applications verses hap hazard applications differ.

    Since not all stone soaps are Ph neutral it may be necessary to select one that is slightly basic. This may be O.K. for some marbles and detrimental to a few others. Do a test patch in the least conspicuous location prior to a full application. Ph neutral is best.

    Use more water than soap (use very little soap) and rinse the surface thoroughly. Excess soap causes streaking. Water quality makes a difference also. For hard waters it's not a bad idea to select a stone soap that combines a scum remover or to use a non-acidic scum remover in addition to the soap. Damp clean, rather than wet clean, and if necessary, use a very soft brush for scrubbing (but only on unpolished marble, polished marble may scratch).

    Use a clean rag mop on floors and a soft cloth on counters and walls. Optionally a squeegee may be used to remove or collect the greater amount of the solution or to remove plain water. Launder cleaning rags and the mop (with the Ph neutral stone soap) separately from other washed goods. Otherwise residual compounds from the washing detergents or soap can be rubbed into the stone on successive cleanings.

    *It's best to reserve all cleaning supplies for exclusive use on the stone.

    * Polishing with a clean chamois after cleaning helps to keep the stone looking like new.

    Every once in a while use a non-acidic soap scum remover and/or marble polish.

    In a pinch:

    !Ammonia plus water in a dilute solution may be used in limited amounts as a soap scum remover, but as noted in the previous post, it will etch the surface.


    Waxing or applying a commercial marble dressing helps to prevent surface abrasion and it extends the time before regrinding is necessary. The down side of a topical dressing is hazing from moisture trapped behind it. Thin repeated applications are better than globing on a single heavy coating.

    In a pinch:

    ! White natural carnauba paste wax may be used in place of commercial products.

    Stain removal:

    Wipe up spills and treat stains ASAP. Washing with soap and water is effective on many stains on a sealed and dressed marble. Rubbing Alcohol and cotton swabs are useful for oily stains.

    For persistent stains ready made poultices from a stone supply are the better choice for stain removal, because many of them are matched to the type of stone and type of stain.

    In a pinch:

    ! A poultice of Hydrogen Peroxide (basically water with an extra Oxygen molecule) and Whiting (Calcium Carbonate, available at paint stores) is useful for removing dye stains like coffee and tea or water based stains.

    ! A poultice of Rubbing Alcohol plus Whiting is useful for oily stains.

    Selecting products:

    This is as easy as walking into a stone supply (or a large home center), asking a few questions and reading a few labels or using the Web to review products. If the Web route is chosen, select a search engine like "" that makes embedded searches easy. Sample: "natural stone" > "marble" > "soap" or "sealer"

    BTW, products that are suitable for Marble are suitable for its kissing cousin Terrazzo, and generally, vice versa.


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