How to Clean a Marble Statue

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Marble statues, over time, can develop a layer of grime and grit on them. Although the dirt may not be immediately visible to the eye, it's still there. You can take care of the task of cleaning your statues in no time.

Things You'll Need

  • Natural marble cleaner
  • Clear ammonia, acetone or hydrogen peroxide
  • Marble polish
  • Sponge
  • Chamois cloth
  • Wet the sponge with the natural marble cleaner, following the manufacturer's directions. Thoroughly wipe the statue to remove any obvious debris, paying close attention to creases and cracks.

  • Wet the sponge with warm water. Wipe the statue down to remove any soapy residue.

  • Rinse your sponge using hot tap water. Wipe away any sudsy residue that remains on the statue with the sponge.

  • If the statue has a dull finish, rinse the sponge again with hot water, and wipe over the statue again. A dull finish or dull streaks indicate there is still residue on the statue.

  • Dry the statue completely with the chamois cloth. Do not allow the statue to air dry.

  • Using acetone, hydrogen peroxide or clear ammonia on a sponge, wipe the statue down, paying careful attention to the cracks and crevices.

  • Rinse the cleansing agent from your sponge thoroughly with warm water.

  • Rinse the statue using the sponge doused in hot water, repeating the process until no dull streaks or spots remain.

  • Using the chamois cloth, dry the statue completely. Do not allow it to air dry.

  • Following the manufacturer's instructions, apply a layer of marble polish to the statue to restore the brilliance and shine of the marble. Be sure to pay close attention to the indentations and crevices.

  • Wipe away any excess marble polish with the chamois cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can purchase marble cleaner and marble polish at art supply stores.

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