Marble Counter Maintenance And Care Tips

If you have marble countertops in your home, then you may use them in the same way as you would any other countertop material. However, this can leave you with an etched surface that has lost its luster and that contains many scratches and blemishes. A professional marble cleaner can repair this type of marble surface by polishing and physically removing the damaged layer of stone material on top of the counter. Once this occurs, you should do your best to try to avoid future damage. Keep reading to learn about some tips that can assist you with this.

Avoid Strong Cleaners

Most people think of marble as a strong and dense material that can resist damage. While marble is relatively hard, it is not nearly as hard as granite, quartz, or recycled glass. However, marble does have a distinctive and natural look with bold and brightly colored swirls. The beauty of marble is one reason why it is chosen as a countertop material. The patterning across the marble occurs as the stone is formed deep in the earth. The majority of the material is formed out of limestone, but other various minerals are forced into the limestone rock as it is subjected to heat and pressure. As the rock cools, it forms crystals that make up the patterning across the marble. Unfortunately, the rock retains the soft and porous qualities of the limestone, as well as some of the characteristics of the minerals embedded in the marble.

The soft nature of the marble means that it cannot withstand the chemical stress that is forced against it when certain cleaners are used. Specifically, any cleaning product with a strong base, like ammonia, or a strong acid, like muriatic acid, cannot be used on the marble or it will etch the marble fairly quickly. Etching and damage can occur over time even if a moderate cleaner with lemons or baking soda is utilized.

Mild Cleaning

To avoid etching issues, use water or water and soap when cleaning the surface of your marble countertops. Dish soap is one of the safest cleaners you can use, so add a few drops to the marble and use warm water to scrub at it. Use a sponge or a soft cotton cloth, because cleaning brushes made with nylon or steel bristles can scratch the marble.

If you see any stains along the surface of the marble, then create a cleaning solution that can remove the stains without damaging the marble. Add about two cups of water to a bowl and mix in three tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and two squirts of dish soap. Add several paper towels to the bowl to soak up the fluid. Rip off several small pieces of wet paper towel and place one piece on each stain that you see. Allow the paper towel to sit overnight. The soap and the peroxide will work to break up the stain and the paper towel will soak it up.

Add a Sealer

Another good way to make sure that your marble remains in great shape is to apply a sealer to the top surface. Ideally, you should do this immediately after the professional cleaning is performed. This will help to ensure the quality and condition of the marble so you do not seal in stains or etched areas of the stone. You also have the option of asking the professional to seal the marble for you.

If you decide to seal the countertops yourself though, then make sure to buy an oil-based product. This is best to make sure that the sealer and the marble are resistant to water penetration. Also, a product that indicates that it is impregnating is a good idea. These sealers work their way deep into the stone to protect a larger area of the marble. These sealers also often last around 10 to 15 years, so sealing will not need to occur on a regular basis. 

For more information, contact a local marble cleaning company like All American Stone & Tile Care Inc.