Keeping Your Marble Countertops Like New
Marbled architecture was favored among the imperial families of ancient Rome, with good reason! The material is durable, non-homogeneous (each marble slab is unique due to the distribution of its grains) and looks extremely grand. It is no wonder why marble has remained popular in modern times.
Installing a marble top counter in your kitchen can really turn heads! It is important to keep your precious counters polished and in optimal condition, which can be achieved through some simple practices.
Apply a Sealant
Applying a sealant in the manufacturing process of marble countertops makes them more stain resistant. This is equivalent to adding a coat of varnish over wooden panels or Scotch-guard along your favorite shirt.
Avoid Corrosive Materials
Although marbles are generally impervious to damage, they can be etched by acidic liquids and substances. These agents will “eat away” at the surface of your marble, causing unsightly cave-ins. Some common food products to look out for include orange juice and vinegar.
Use coasters or tablecloths when placing drinks on your countertop and always remember to wipe away spills the moment you spot them! It is best to use coasters even when glasses of water as this may leave rings of water stains, which can be difficult to remove.
Steer Clear from Commercial Cleaning Agents
This is closely related to the point above. Many commercially sold cleaners contain potent chemicals that can compromise the quality of your marble countertops, so it is important to read the label of each product before purchasing them.
Alternatively, you may opt for homemade cleaning liquids that are free of chemicals and easily prepared with common kitchen ingredients. One popular recipe involves mixing four tablespoons of baking soda into a spray bottle of warm water. Spray along the surfaces of your marble countertop and clean up with a dry towel or cloth.
The countertops are stylish and can really spruce up the overall design of your kitchen. The countertops will be a great complement to your marble dining set. Your guests and family are bound to be impressed by the timeless beauty of marble.