Marble countertops are durable, but no countertop material is indestructible. With this in mind, it’s important to note that marble takes a bit of extra care in order to keep it shining and gorgeous throughout its lifetime—but there are plenty of things that you can do to make sure that it ages gracefully.
Here are some ways that you can preserve and protect your marble countertop:
Pick the Right Cleaners
There are a few types of cleaners that you should stay away from when it comes to marble, and those are vinegar, Windex, and bleach. These are very acidic and will dull your countertops quickly. You should also steer clear from abrasive cleaners and rough pads like steel wool because they can scratch marble’s surface and leave etches behind. Our best advice for cleaning is mild soap, hot water, and a gentle cloth.
Dusting your marble countertops is never a bad idea. All you have to do is wipe down the marble with a microfiber cloth. This small action can preserve your marble’s natural shine and help it age beautifully.
Know How to Deal with a Spill
Spills happen—that much is unavoidable. The key is knowing how to handle them. If you spill something small on your marble countertop, rub it with a bit of hydrogen peroxide combined with a few drops of ammonia—a very small amount. If you happen to spill paint on your countertop, scrape it off with a plastic scraper.
If you can’t get the stain up yourself, contact a professional at CCT Natural Stone Designs. We’d be glad to help.
Know How to Remove Etching
Use marble polishing powder to remove etching. Just wet the counter and sprinkle the polishing powder on its surface, then rub it in with a soft, damp cloth. Buff the counter until the etch is gone and your countertop is back to its natural, shiny state.
Know How to Clean Oil-Based Stains
Oil-based stains from grease, cooking oil, milk, or makeup can darken your marble. When these happen, use a soft liquid soap along with few drops of bleach, ammonia, mineral spirits, or acetone. Clean these stains very carefully, and remember to use only the smallest amount of the acidic substances.
Marble is a porous stone, which means that it needs to be sealed upon fabrication and resealed periodically over the years. Sealant closes its pores and makes it less vulnerable to stains and liquid damage. You’ll still need to clean up spills quickly—the sealant just gives you a bit more time.
Marble countertops are beautiful and can make your kitchen shine. Use these tips to keep them looking gorgeous for as long as possible. For more advice on marble countertops, get in touch with us at CCT Natural Stone Designs.
Our talented designers are able to interpret your project requirements precisely and then translate them into a practical and workable solution, using an endless selection of the highest quality natural stone available. Our expert fabricators are then able to accurately create your vision using their years of experience and today’s latest technology.