Cleaning White Marble decorative stone????

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Green Pastures, Jan 20, 2003.

  1. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
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    Anybody have any ideas? Is there a way to clean this white stone, without killing the bedded plants?

    I've got a customer with a huge white marble bed and it just gets nasty looking every couple years. Customer does not want to keep "top dressing" the stone.

    Help.....................
     
  2. dougaustreim

    dougaustreim LawnSite Senior Member
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    Best solution long term Switch to another kind of stone.

    Doug
    Austreim Landscaping
     
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    Have you thought about pressure washing it?
     
  4. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have thought about pressure washing, but I guess I wasn't clear in my post.

    I'm more concerned with what cleaner/chemical/solvent I could use to clean the stone that will not hurt the plants. The marble gets a black (mold)??? on it. Don't have any idea if it's really a mold or something else.
     
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    You could cover them, but that wouldn't protect their root structure. This is a tough one to figure out.
     
  6. dougaustreim

    dougaustreim LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't know the actual chemistry that takes place, but it seems to me that white marble reacts with the city or well water that is used for watering. I have found it very hard to keep white marble looking good. To my notion it looks so artificial that it is not really good landscaping to begin with. I will not use it myself, and I strongly urge any of our clients to use something else for beds that is easier to maintain and has a more natural look.

    Doug
    Austreim Landscaping
     
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    It almost seems like you need to bleach the stone with clorox or something else...but then, what about the plants though???
     
  8. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Maybe you could tumble the stone in a cement mixer with bleach and then rinse it somehow, maybe through a screen. Then again, that sounds very labor intensive. Spray paint it every year??:dizzy: :dizzy: This is a tough one.
     
  9. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Marble is a stone made from calcium and is affected by acid rather easily, I believe. A mild acid should whiten it pretty easily, I would think. It is just a matter of how to do it without hurting the plants.
     
  10. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
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