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How to Clean Marble Sculptures

Melynda Sorrels

Marble sculptures make a nice addition to the décor of your home. Marble is a type of stone that is often discolored by impurities within it giving it what has come to be known as the "marbled" look; a series of mottling or streaking giving the marble its trademark appearance. If you own a marble sculpture, you may be wondering how to keep it clean. As dust travels through the air mixes with oils left by our hands from holding it the sculpture may appear dirty over time. Fortunately cleaning it up is a simple task.

Cleaning marble is a simple task
  1. Wipe away as much loose dirt and dust as possible with a clean cloth. Use a small brush such as a toothbrush to get into hard to reach areas.

  2. Fill the sink with warm water and add enough of a mild dish soap to make the water sudsy.

  3. Submerge the sculpture in the water. If the statue is too large to pick up and fit into the sink dip a clean cloth into the water and dampen it this way.

  4. Wash the sculpture with a clean cloth or sponge dipped in the soapy water. Use the brush dipped in the soapy water to clean the harder to reach areas.

  5. Rinse the sculpture with warm water. If the statue is small, rinse it in the sink; for larger sculptures, simply pour warm water over them.

  6. Dry the sculpture with a soft clean dry towel to remove excess moisture.