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How to Gently Clean Natural Marble Versus Cultured Marble

Mastering the Art of Cleaning Natural Marble Versus Cultured Marble

Determining the type of marble you’re dealing with is crucial for effective cleaning and maintenance. This article provides valuable insights into distinguishing between natural and cultured marble and offers step-by-step guidance on cleaning each type. Remember, it’s essential to exercise caution and follow manufacturer guidelines, especially when dealing with cleaning products.

Identifying Natural Marble Versus Cultured Marble

Temperature Method

  • Natural Marble: Cooler to the touch than the surrounding air.
  • Cultured Marble: Similar temperature to the surrounding air.

Acid Method

  • Natural Marble: Bubbles or fizz when vinegar is applied.
  • Cultured Marble: No reaction to vinegar.

Scratch Method

  • Natural Marble: Easily scratched.
  • Cultured Marble: Resistant to scratches.

If uncertain, treat the surface as natural to avoid potential damage.

Cleaning Natural Marble

Dust and Dirt Removal

Gently wipe with a clean, dry cloth.

Grime Removal

  • Use a soft cloth and warm water.
  • Use mild dish soap if needed.
  • Rinse well and dry with a clean, damp cloth.


  • Create a baking soda and water polish.
  • Apply in a thin layer and allow to dry.
  • Rinse with warm water and buff with a clean cloth.

Applying Sealant

  • Tape off surrounding areas.
  • Apply sealant, wipe dry after 15-30 minutes.
  • Repeat for a second coat.
  • Allow 6-8 hours to cure.
  • Reapply sealant every 1-2 years.

Cleaning Cultured Marble

General Cleaning

  • Cultured marble is less prone to scratches.
  • Use a gel polishing product or carnauba wax for added shine.


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