Cleaning Marble Countertops With The Orlando Kitchen Remodeling Pros
Marble stone is common in many kitchens around the world because it’s been used throughout history, making it a classic and luxurious surface choice. How to clean marble countertops and make them last? It’s really very simple. Marble is one of the most pristine countertop materials on earth, but even with great beauty, they do require some care.
This very elegant and high-class countertop is made out of calcium-carbonate making this porous surface quite sensitive to abrasive cleaners. Acidic liquids have the ability to “eat away” at the countertop which inevitably will create etches. Etches are basically dull spots that take away from the natural beauty of this material. Some harmful acidic liquids to look out for are lime juice, orange juice, lemon juice, vinegar, wine, etc. So have a keen eye and make sure to keep such liquids away from your natural stone as much as possible. We know some of these are pretty commonly found in the kitchen, so if they do make contact with your marble countertop, try to wipe them up with soap and water as quickly as you can. Most homeowners are frightened to have marble countertops in their home, due to the amount of care they require, but with the help of your Orlando Countertops experts, we are here to teach you how to clean and care for your marble countertops the right way!
Supplies You Are Going To Need To Clean Marble Countertops
You cannot do the job without the help of some supplies! You will need to stay away from cleaners that are acidic and abrasive. If you are eager to learn how to clean marble countertops, you will have to start by purchasing and having on hand the supplies listed below. After you have everything you need, there are two easy steps to cleaning marble countertops.
- Marble Stone Solution
- Warm Water
- Mild Dish Soap
- Spray Bottle
- Dish Cloth or Sponge
- Soft Towel
1: Use A (Non-Abrasive) Marble Cleaner
Some people would rather not use an actual marble cleaner and instead use supplies they already have at home. This can still work. You will simply need to use a mild soap that is non-abrasive. Take a small amount of soap and mix it in with some lukewarm water. It is best to use a spray bottle for this part so it’s easier to apply to the surface. Now you can begin spraying the solution on to your marble countertops. Do so generously. Once you have done this, you will need to scrub the surface gently and continue to do so until all the residue is gone.
2: Buff Your Marble Stone
For this step, you will focus on buffing your marble countertops. Take a soft towel that will absorb well and in a circular motion, go across the entire surface to soak up any leftover dampness or residue. This is the best way to buff your counter after a good clean.
Removing Countertop Stains (Supplies)
We understand that things happen and countertops may stain from time to time. No need to worry. Although this may be one of those tricky tasks for many, getting rid of stains is not impossible. One very important thing to keep in mind is that you should quickly wipe away any spills as soon as they happen and not wait until later. When you let spills sit on your countertops for long periods of time, the chances of staining will increase. With that being said, you will want to start by acquiring some of the supplies below in case of a potential stain situation. This method is for stain removal. If you are just wanting to clean your countertops, see steps 1 and 2 above.
Below are the supplies you will need. Most of these can be bought at your local grocery store.
- Mineral Spirits
- Soft Liquid Cleanser
- 12 percent Hydrogen-Peroxide
- 20 percent Hydrogen-Peroxide
- Lacquer Thinner
- Premixed Commercial Poultice
- 0000 Steel-Wood Pads
- A Razor Blade
- A Soft Cloth or Sponge
- Protective Eye-Wear
The good news about stains from paper, tea, coffee, wine, fruit, tobacco, etc. is that they can be cleaned off with the 12 percent hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia. Following this you will need to wipe the stains down using a soft cloth. Next, use a damp cloth to rinse the area and then dry off the surface with a clean soft cloth.
Control stains caused by mildew by using 1 part water & 3 part household bleach with a tiny dash of mild soap mixed into a spray bottle. Spray the stain thoroughly until you no longer can see it. Use water to rinse the surface. Now, take a soft cloth to dry the area.
Stains caused by oil can be handled by using certain chemicals. Clean off the surface by taking a sponge and the liquid cleaner and wiping down the countertop. Use a sponge to try, bleach, acetone, ammonia, or mineral spirits for this one.
To get rid of water stains, buff the area with a 0000 rated steel wool pad. If you are encountering bigger problems then you may want to consider repolishing. Remember to always use coasters and trivets to prevent future stains.
Natural stone, especially marble, is a porous material that requires sealing. Your countertops are sealed with their install, but most homeowners assume that is all they need. But to keep your marble or natural stone countertops in tip-top shape, they need to be re-sealed at least once a year. We recommend sealing your countertops right before the winter holiday season when your kitchen is used the most.
For more information on how to care for your countertops, contact one of our Orlando Countertops professionals at NSMotif. Check out the rest of our blog for more related content. You can also read about how to clean quartz countertops. Call us now! (407)-774-0676