How to care for Marble Furniture

Marble items from The Conran Shop are distinguished by their elegance and timeless beauty. Proper care and maintenance are crucial to preserve the luster and longevity of marble surfaces. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you care for and maintain your marble items.

General Cleaning Tips

1. Daily Cleaning

  • Soft Cloth: Use a soft, dry cloth to dust marble surfaces regularly. This prevents dust and dirt from scratching the surface.
  • Mild Soap Solution: For routine cleaning, use a mixture of warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap. Dampen a soft cloth or sponge in the solution and wring it out well before wiping the marble.
  • Avoid Abrasives: Never use abrasive cleaners or scouring pads, as they can scratch and dull the marble's surface.

2. Rinsing and Drying

  • Clean Water Rinse: After cleaning with soap, rinse the surface with a cloth dampened in clean water to remove any soap residue.
  • Drying: Immediately dry the surface with a soft, dry cloth to prevent water spots and streaks.

Stain Prevention and Treatment

1. Sealing

  • Regular Sealing: Marble is porous and can stain easily. Apply a high-quality marble sealer every 6 to 12 months to create a protective barrier against stains.
  • Application: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for applying the sealer. Typically, you’ll apply it with a clean cloth, let it sit for the recommended time, and then buff it off with another clean cloth.

2. Spill Management

  • Immediate Action: Blot spills immediately with a soft cloth. Avoid wiping, as this can spread the liquid and increase the risk of staining.
  • Common Stains: For organic stains (like coffee or wine), mix a poultice of baking soda and water, apply it to the stain, cover with plastic wrap, and let it sit for 24 hours. Then, rinse and dry.

3. Avoiding Common Stains

  • Use Coasters and Trivets: Place coasters under glasses and trivets under hot items to protect the marble from spills and heat damage.
  • Avoid Acidic Substances: Keep acidic substances like lemon juice, vinegar, and wine away from marble surfaces, as they can etch and dull the finish.
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Scratch and Chip Prevention

1. Handling

  • Gentle Placement: Place objects gently on marble surfaces to avoid scratches and chips. Lift items instead of dragging them.
  • Protective Pads: Use felt or rubber pads under decorative items and furniture to prevent scratching.

2. Regular Inspection

  • Routine Checks: Periodically check for scratches, chips, or cracks. Early detection allows for timely repairs.
  • Professional Repair: For significant damage, seek professional repair services to restore the marble's surface.

Environmental Considerations

1. Temperature Control

  • Avoid Extremes: Avoid placing marble items in areas with extreme temperature changes, as marble can expand and contract, leading to cracks.
  • Consistent Environment: Maintain a stable indoor environment to prevent thermal shock and damage.

2. Sunlight Exposure

  • Limited Sun Exposure: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause marble to fade or discolor. Position marble items away from direct sunlight or use window treatments to filter UV rays.
  • Rotating Items: Rotate decorative items periodically to ensure even exposure and prevent uneven fading.
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Long-Term Maintenance

1. Polishing

  • Professional Polishing: For a deep shine and to restore the surface, consider professional polishing every few years. Professionals use specialized tools and compounds to polish marble to a high sheen.
  • DIY Polishing: Use a marble polish specifically designed for home use. Follow the instructions carefully to avoid over-polishing.

2. Protective Measures

  • Marble-Safe Cleaners: Use cleaners labeled safe for marble. Avoid products containing vinegar, lemon, or other acids.
  • Regular Dusting: Regular dusting with a soft cloth prevents the buildup of particles that can scratch the surface over time.


Caring for marble items from The Conran Shop involves a combination of gentle cleaning, proactive stain prevention, and regular maintenance. By following these guidelines, you can preserve the natural beauty and elegance of your marble surfaces, ensuring they remain a stunning feature in your home for years to come. Regular care and attention to detail will keep your marble items looking their best, maintaining their charm and functionality.

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