Marble has its own unique characteristics and needs to be cared for in different ways. When choosing a stone countertop, it is important to take into consideration how much cleaning and maintenance will be needed to keep up the appearance of your countertop.
Tips for Preserving and Maintaining Marble Countertops
Caring for your marble kitchen and bathroom countertops will keep your home looking beautiful. Although marble countertops are heavy-duty and durable, they are still porous surfaces.
- Mix and use mild dish soap and warm water when cleaning any tougher spills or stains on your marble kitchen or bathroom countertops. Utilize a soft cloth and avoid using too much cleaning product for the best cleaning results.
- Every several months, test to see if your countertops need to be sealed. To seal marble countertops, apply a special marble stone sealer to the clean countertop surface. From there, clean the countertop in smaller sections and avoid over-spraying the countertop. Allow the sealer to sit on the countertop for about thirty minutes.
- The last step is to pour a few water droplets on the marble countertop surface after the half-hour is over and check to see if the water forms little beads. If the water does bead up, you are done!
- Daily cleaning and monthly polishing of the surface should mean that you only need to seal your marble countertop every three to six months.
- Never use acidic or otherwise harsh cleaners on your marble countertops. Acidic cleaning products such as lemon juice, vinegar, and Windex are too abrasive and should never be used on marble countertop surfaces.
- Marble surface vanity tops and countertops shouldn’t be cleaned with hard pads or other cleaning tools that can scrape the marble countertop. Instead, use a mild, non-acidic cleaner.