How to Care for Crema Marfil Marble

Michelle Skidgel

Crema marfil marble, which comes from Spain, is the result of limestone that was put under high heat and pressure thousands of years ago. Calcite crystals interlocked to create a deep, stunning luster, which is desirable in applications such as sinks, floors, walls and countertops.

As with all types of marble, you must take care to use only materials approved for use on marble, as acidic cleaning products will etch or scar the surface of crema marfil. Regular care of crema marfil will reduce the need for more in-depth procedures to remove stains and blemishes.

  1. Dust mop floors or wipe countertops regularly with a soft, clean cloth to remove grit that may scratch the marble surface.

  2. Clean crema marfil surfaces with stone soap recommended for use on marble. Follow the manufacturer's directions for application, then rinse away the soap and dry the surface.

  3. Dry spills on the crema marfil marble as soon as they occur. Liquids like lemon juice and vinegar are particularly harmful to marble and may etch it, so you must clean them immediately. Blot, rather than wipe, as wiping will spread the spill.

  4. Place no-skid rugs or mats on floors, and lay placemats or coasters on countertops to protect them from spills and stains.

  5. Squeegee bath or shower walls to remove soapy water that may build up a soap scum residue. If soap scum does form on the walls, mix one-half cup ammonia in one gallon of water and use it to clean the residue away. Rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth.

  6. Buff light scratches with a piece of 0000 steel wool. Contact a professional to repair deeper scratches.


Never mix bleach and ammonia, as this creates a toxic gas. Avoid cleaning marble with vinegar or lemon juice, as they etch marble. Do not use abrasive cleaners on marble.