When you had your marble countertops installed in your bathroom or kitchen, you may have vowed that you would keep them as pristine as they were on day one. This stone surface is remarkably resilient, but it can suffer damage over time if your care is incorrect. Learn what to do and what to avoid as you maintain your natural surface.
Daily Cleaning Care
Marble may look similar to granite, but it is not as strong and durable. The best solution for cleaning your natural stone surface is plain, warm water and a soft microfiber cloth. For the best results, opt for distilled water. Dry your surfaces thoroughly with a cloth after wiping them down with plain water. Careful drying will help prevent unsightly spotting. Never use vinegar on your countertops. Vinegar is harsh enough to etch the stone and mar it significantly.
Treat soiling promptly to avoid permanent discoloration. The solution you choose to lift stains is important because it’s possible to worsen the stains instead of improving them. Never choose a product with an acidic base. These products can lead to permanent damage. If soiling occurs from a beverage or tomato-based food, blot it up immediately with a soft cloth. Never wipe or rub to remove it. After removing as much of the stain as possible, mix baking soda and water to make a paste. Gently rub the paste into the surface to lift out the stain. You could also place plastic over the adhesive, tape it over the stain, and allow it to sit for about 24 hours before washing it away with plain water.
Choose a pH-neutral dishwashing soap for all-purpose washing. If you have a dark color counter, you might use acetone to cleanse deeply. If you have a lighter color, use hydrogen peroxide or diluted ammonia to wash. Always rinse the cleanser away and dry the surface with a soft cloth.
Protect your stone carefully with ongoing vigilance. In the bathroom, use trays and containers to avoid bottles and jars sitting on your surfaces. In the kitchen, always use trivets and coasters when placing hot or wet items on the stone.
If your manufacturer recommends sealing, apply this product according to the professional recommendations. Allowing sealant to lapse on marble countertops may lead to excessive staining and damage from the unprotected stone. A typical application of a sealant is once every two years.
The secret to maintenance is avoiding damage to the stone. Simple cleanliness will be the biggest protection of your investment and keep your marble countertops beautiful for a number of years.