If you’ve watched HGTV or scanned your favorite home magazine lately, you’ve probably noticed that light marble countertops are the latest countertop fad. Although beautiful, this porous material requires regular maintenance and care. Learn how to properly maintain and clean marble countertops in MTOclean’s latest blog.
If you’ve taken the leap and purchased marble slabs for your home’s kitchen or bathrooms, utilize these four tips to help maintain and clean your marble countertops.
Compared to other commonly used countertop materials, marble is much more susceptible to stains. Because marble is porous, foods and beverages can seep deep into the marble causing permanent damage.
If you spill anything from red wine to coffee, clean it as soon as possible.
Additionally, marble is prone to etching, which occurs when acid eats away at the marble’s surface, and creates dull spots. Clean up acidic spills, such as lemon juice, as soon as possible to prevent etching.
In addition to being porous, marble is also softer than most other stones. This characteristic often results in scratching and etching of the marble. To protect your countertops from scratches and etching, ALWAYS use cutting boards, placemats, coasters and trivets. Not only will this prevent juices from etching the counter as mentioned above, but it will also protect the countertop from scratches due to knives, pots, and pans.
For everyday cleaning of marble countertops, mix warm water and non-abrasive, PH-balanced dish soap in a spray bottle. Lightly spray the countertop with the solution and wipe with a wet dishcloth. To dry the wet counters, use a soft absorbent cloth.
Whatever you do, do NOT use multi-surface cleaners containing vinegar, bleach, ammonia, lemon juice or other acidic cleaners.
One of the best ways to prevent damage to your marble countertops is sealing them. Marble sealant helps to protect your counters from everyday spills and ultimately stains and etches.
You can determine whether or not your counter needs to be sealed simply by sprinkling some water on a small portion of the marble. If the water beads up and doesn’t penetrate the marble, you do not need to seal your marble. If the marble quickly absorbs the water, it may be time to reseal the counters.
Most fabricators will recommend a sealant upon installation, but if not, do some research to determine which sealant is best for your specific type of marble. Some of the most popular marble sealants for kitchen counters include StoneTech BulletProof sealer, Miracle Sealants 511 Impregnator, and Dupont Stone Sealer.
For more information on how to clean marble countertops, please reach out to your local MTOclean office. Our professional cleaning staff has years of experience caring for residential and commercial countertops, and would be happy to offer a free quote on your cleaning services
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