While a classic choice,
marble has a softness to it that makes it
susceptible to damage, like etching and staining.
Marble develops a natural patina
over time that some see as beautiful and
others consider a con of the material.
Marble Kitchen Countertops
Marble is a beautiful kitchen countertop option that will increase the value of your home. There is a broad range of marble countertop colors out there but we find that homeowners usually go with white marble because of how gorgeous it looks in almost any home. It gives your home that clean, calm, and luxurious look we all seek. Marble is known as a metamorphic stone that is formed whenever sediment is crystallized under pressure/heat all to form a hard rock. It is not the hardest stone out of them all and it is also vulnerable to stains.
Marble Countertop Maintenance
Since marble is created out of calcium-carbonate which gives it a chemical makeup that easily reacts with acids, leading to etching on its surface, it is important to be very conscious of all the things that touch this gorgeous countertop if you are wanting to keep it in top shape. To keep your marble countertops pristine, you must tend to them regularly.
Do I need to seal my marble countertops? This is one of the most popular questions amongst our marble countertop owners. The answer is yes. What happens when you seal your marble? Sealing basically repels most staining agents yet it still does not make the countertop stain proof so you still have to be careful. This is not the case for all natural stone countertops so always make sure to ask the company you bought them from.
Watch out for citrus juices, tomato, vinegar, and other acidic liquids. Make sure you are not letting them sit on your marble countertop because it will cause damage. You should always use cutting boards and coasters on your marble to prevent discoloration. One way to think about it is, treat your marble countertops the same way you would treat your fine-wood finish.
Clean Marble Countertop
Every time you are about to clean your marble, remember that you should stay away from household cleaners that are both abrasive and acidic. All you have to do when you are cleaning your countertop is use a damp piece of cloth or towel (soap and water) and wipe off the surface. If you are needing to get rid of tough stains, you will need a poultice paste. Take the paste and spread it evenly on the stain. Then you will want to cover the stain and the paste with a piece of plastic wrap. Seal the plastic wrap with painter’s tape. Wait until it is dry to scrape off the paste. Now you will want to wipe off what is left with damp cloth or towel. Reapply and repeat for tough stains. For more information about our quartz, granite, onyx, limestone, slate, and other countertop materials, contact us today. (407) 774-0676