Marble countertops are one of the most beautiful upgrades you can make to a home. Resistant to scratching, cracking and breaking if you take care of your marble countertops they can look just as pristine as they day thy were installed for decades. While marble may be one of the most durable surfaces to put in your home, some special precautions should be taken to protect it from damage.
Seal your Marble
Seal the countertops regularly, as recommended by the manufacturer. You’ll need a sealant that is designed for the type of marble countertop that you have. The most common marble finishes are polished or honed. Polished produces more of a a high gloss finish while honed is more of a soft matte. Sealing will help prevent stains and damage and keep the marble countertops looking beautiful. You can watch for signs for when to reseal by noticing when water fails to bead up when it splashes on the surface. However, there are some marble surfaces that do not need sealing, so you must check to be sure you are not adding sealers that will just remain on the surface.
Non-Abrasive Cleaning Agents
Marble is easily cleaned by simply wiping it down with a mild soap and sponge or microfiber cloth. Watch for cleaning products with an acidic base such as vinegar, bleach, ammonia, or citrus juices. These cleaners can break down the sealant and can etch the stone surface over time. Choose a cleaner that is created specifically for marble or just simply use a mild dish soap and water.
Use Cornstarch for Stains
Even the most careful of use can result in stains from time to time. Kitchens are meant to be used and lived in. Coffee cups, red wine, or things such as tomato sauce spills can sometimes leave a stain on a marble countertop. If this happens simply reach into the pantry for the best solution - Cornstarch.
Spray the stain with water, then sprinkle a thick layer of cornstarch over the area. Leave on for several hours. Wipe up, then reapply if needed.
For grease splatters, simply cover it immediately with cornstarch and allow to sit for about 15 minutes. Then wash the surface as normal - the cornstarch should lift the grease up with ease.
Use Cutting Boards when Cooking
This advice may sound funny, but many people assume because marble is a stone that it can withstand anything. However, cutting things up directly on marble will damage both your knives and your countertops. It is also wise to place trivets or pot holders under any hot pots or pans. While yes you can place a hot pan directly on top of them without causing a mark, this can still cause scratches and pitting in your countertop.
By keeping these tips in mind your marble will stay beautiful for year come. As always we here at Imagine Surfaces are here to meet your countertop needs whatever sustainable surface you may choose. Contact us to discuss your needs!