Marble is a little more hands-on to maintain than your average wood, or leather furniture piece, and it happens to be a lot more fragile. The good news is it has that ancient-Greek vibe that any student of history, or interior design connoisseur can appreciate.

It has a high-capacity to absorb stains from various liquids lying about the house. The best way to remove them is to get a washcloth or sponge, and moisten with a small amount of warm water, and a hint of soap. Too much water can leave undesirable marks in the marble, so be careful. Petroleum products or harsh solvents should be left in the cabinet, and out of the reach of small children.

If the marble is aged or discolored, and requires more maintenance, mix a solution of 80% water and 20% hydrogen peroxide, which is a non-abrasive cleaning agent. After that, use a little sandpaper on the dampened marble to smooth the finish.

A coat of fast-drying sealer to protect the surface from future stains, is effective after you’re done cleaning the stone.

Source: Dan Kanter