BADA is the leading trade association for the fine art, design and antiques community. Read our guide to caring for antique stone and antique marble.
Antique stone and marble
Stone and marble are both natural materials and are porous. This means that they can be penetrated by air and liquid.
As a result, objects made from antique stone and marble can be susceptible to damage from water and dirt.
During restoration, it is common practice to wax an antique marble chimneypiece.
This helps to build a protective seal on the surface of the marble.
This wax barrier will wear away over time, leaving the marble prone to damage.
Many common household elements can be harmful to antique marble. These include smoke and soot, rust stains, spilt wine, tea cups and atmospheric dirt.
It is a good idea to wax your marble surfaces regularly. Use a high quality product,as some cheaper wax options can yellow over time.
Never attempt to clean marble surfaces with baking soda. Baking soda is abrasive and can damage the marble's finish.
Similarly, limescale removers and white vinegar are acidic and will cause surface damage.
Antique stone objects are usually kept outside, as garden ornaments or landscape features.
This means they are exposed to the elements. Consequently, they are more likely to absorb stains and discolouration.
Cleaning and repair
Occasional wiping with a clean cloth to either antique marble or antique stone will do no harm.
Professional help is essential for combatting any serious stains. For example, a build-up of discolouration or for repairing breaks and cracks.
For guidance on finding an experienced restorer, contact your local BADA dealer.