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How to Care For and Maintain Marble Countertops

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Strong, yet Sensitive

Marble is bold and strong and beautiful. Just as it was a prized material in ancient times, a marble kitchen countertop makes an aesthetically pleasing and highly functional addition to any home. But while marble is strong and durable, it is also sensitive and susceptible to minor kitchen mishaps. Learning to care for and maintain marble is a craft.

From the Leaders in Stone Protection and Restoration, here are a few basic principles to care for and maintain marble to ensure it will look its best for years to come!

 

Stone care and maintenance 

Protecting and restoring the impeccable look of marble countertops takes effort, but thankfully not a lot. The following are a few basic principles to treat your marble right:

1. Seal

Marble is a soft and highly porous stone, so you will need to stay on top of keeping it sealed to keep any etches or stains at bay. Test the surface by dropping water droplets on the countertop. Return to the spot in five to ten minutes. If the drops are still there, the surface is still well sealed; if the drops have dissolved into the surface, it is time to reseal! 

When your marble needs resealing, you can do-it-yourself (DIY). We recommend using our Premium Silicone Sealer. This is one of the highest quality stain protection sealers available for natural stone surfaces. We also recommend professionally sealing marble countertops every 3-5 years depending on the wear and tear of your marble. If you start to notice lots of stains and etches, it’s time to call the experts!

2. Protect

Treat marble like you would a fine wood finish. Use coasters and cutting boards and avoid leaving wet dishes or glasses to dry directly on the marble surface. The only way to prevent marble etching and staining is to prevent contact with liquids and cleaners that cause these deficiencies.  

That said, accidents, spills, and mishaps are almost unavoidable and imminent in every kitchen. If you spill something wipe it up immediately! Don’t let it sit on the stone. If you notice any markings after cleaning the countertop, then chances are the marble is either stained or etched. See below for spot repair options. 

3. Clean

The first thing you’ll want to know about cleaning marble is to avoid using acidic or abrasive cleaners as they will cause surface damage. Instead, use pH-neutral cleaners – such as soft dish soap – or cleaners that are specifically designed for the upkeep of marble. 

For polished marble we recommend The Marble Clinic’s R311; this spray is buffed with a paper towel and maintains a clean, polished surface incredibly smooth to the touch. For honed surfaces try MC24 and a soft sponge – this pH-neutral soap will not produce a shine like a spray product. 

Both products are designed to maintain and prolong the life of impregnating sealers. If you would prefer not to use specialized products, we recommend some soft dish-soap (our favourite is Dawn) and warm water. 

 

4. Spot Repair

Before attempting any spot repairs, make sure you understand the difference between marble etching and staining. This is an important distinction to make as etches and stains get treated differently on marble surfaces.
 
If you notice marble ething, we recommend the Marble Refinishing KitThis DIY solution offers a simple 3-step process for removing rings, watermarks and small scratches from your marble surfaces to restore the natural stone to its original polished look. Learn more about how to use the kit here
 
To remove stains, we recommend using Poultice Stain RemoverPoultice is a super absorbent compound that removes saturated stains from marble and natural stone surfaces. Learn more about how to remove stains using poultice here 
 

Try to practice the proper preventative and daily measures to safely care for and maintain your marble for years to come! For professional sealing every 3-5 years or whenever in doubt on how to treat stains, etches or scratches, call the experts!  The Marble Clinic is happy to provide a free, no-obligation consultation. Please include photos of your marble with your message so we can best serve you. 

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The Marble Clinic

Natural Stone Professionals; specializing in the restoration, repair and maintenance of marble, granite, terrazzo & more.

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Dana Silecchio
Dana Silecchio
6 months ago

Hello, any details specific for Carrara marble? What is a detergent compared to soap?

Debbie Meador
Debbie Meador
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom Ebeyer

Hello-
We moved in a few months ago into our new home and because of the pandemic, we have nine people living with us. All is well except for my honed carrera Marble island. Between wiping down for germs etc and lots of “cooking traffic”, example, last night pineapple was left on the countertop; it wasn’t discovered for about 30 minutes…I can now see the patterns of nine pineapples all across the island.

Should I DIY re surface it? What other suggestions do you have? Thank you!

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