It is bold and strong and beautiful. Just as it was a prized material in ancient times, marble counter-tops would make an aesthetically pleasing and highly functional addition to any kitchen. However, while marble is strong, it is also sensitive and susceptible to minor kitchen mishaps. Therefore, there are a number of simple tips and tricks that you can follow to not only preserve and maintain the impeccable condition of your marble countertops but also to clean and protect them over a long period of time.
Marble Countertop Care
First, when asking how to care for marble counter-tops, you will want to really think about how the marble will be utilized. For instance, are your marble countertops more for decoration and conversation starters at dinner parties, or will they be used to slice, dice, prepare, and sauté? If you plan on using your marble countertops daily—peeling vegetables, organizing fruit platters—then it would be a better decision to install honed marble. Honed marble countertops have a matte finish and are heavily sanded to give a natural, rough look and show fewer scratches and etches. While polished marble countertops have a sheen and glow that is sure to catch the eye of anyone who sets foot in your kitchen, they are also more vulnerable to scratches and stains that might come from marinade spills and juice droppings. Granite is a harder stone, so it may be a better option for those who plan to really utilize their countertops.
What you will need
Keep a few things on hand to clean marble surfaces daily to keep them in the best shape.
- ph-neutral cleaners
- soft cloth
- paper towel
- stone sealer/conditioner
When cleaning marble countertops, cleaning is never just as simple as “wax on, wax off.” A multilevel step approach must be used, and different cleaning methods should be used at different intervals to preserve your marble surface.
Here are a few tips from the pros:
1. PREP THE SURFACE.
How to clean marble countertops
When wet cleaning a marble counter-top you will want to avoid the following substances: citrus juice, acidic cleaners, vinegar, and tomato juice. Instead, you should 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 (my favourite is Dawn) and warm water. Liquids like vinegar or liquids that contain acidic compounds can be abrasive to the surface of marble counter-tops and will cause surface damage.
Accidents, spills, and mishaps are almost unavoidable and imminent in every kitchen. With marble, make sure you are quick to clean up the mess – so long as the surface is protected with a high-quality silicon-based sealer such as Gran Quartz 314P, you should have the time to wipe it up before the damage is done. Be careful with acidic juices and use preventative measures to avoid pet urination. Should your marble counter-top surface become damaged, take a look at this article – marble etching removal, with The Marble Refinishing Kit. Do not let soap or cleaning agents sit too long on your marble countertop because it can dry up and stain the surface. If anything, just try to practice the proper preventative and daily measures to keep your marble counter-tops in good shape. Avoid leaving wet dishes or glasses to dry directly on the marble surface and remember to wipe up spills immediately after they happen. All things considered, you must still remember to enjoy the exquisite material – regular use will never damage the stone past repair.