If your home has marble countertops, they are probably your favorite part of the home — or else you regret the decision entirely. Marble is as beautiful as it is prone to stains and scratches. The beauty can last with relatively little maintenance, as long as you know the right and wrong ways protect it.
Caring for marble counters is actually very straightforward. Here’s what to do, and what to remember the next time a spill occurs.
Acids Are Marble’s Natural Enemy
Obviously, you don’t want stains from wine, cranberry juice, or mimosas. Besides the potential to stain, acids can also cause etching on marble countertops — a chemical change that scratches the surface and requires honing or buffing to be removed.
Keep it Dry
That hazy stain you see when the afternoon sun glances on the marble countertop? Water stains are real. Keep dish towels handy and dry up any liquids that spill, even if it’s just tap water.
Which Cleaners to Use for Marble Countertops?
As a rule of thumb, any famous brand of household cleaning spray should not be used on marble countertops. Here’s a rundown of the options:
- Specialty “granite and marble cleaners.” Do some research or ask a marble repair expert for advice, because some of these products are inferior or even dangerous for marble when used too often.
- Diluted dish soap. A small drop of dish soap in a bucket or bottle will provide all the cleaning power you need without being harsh.
- Baking soda. Don’t slather it on and scrub aggressively, but a baking soda poultice works wonders for many types of stains.
- Ammonia? Not to be used daily or frequently. If you need to remove a tough stain from marble, try heavily diluted ammonia. Scrub gently, rinse with water, and dry the area quickly.
Don’t Worry, But Be Prepared
Rather than stressing over your marble countertops, be prepared with clean towels, microfiber cloths, and a spray bottle of your trusted cleaning solution.
A proper seal gives you the most peace of mind. Sealed marble counters have an invisible barrier that buys you extra time to clean and prevent stains. With an ounce of prevention, you can enjoy your marble and calmly go about regular cleaning without the stress.
How Often to Seal Marble Countertops?
Every slab of marble has unique characteristics, so the best sealant and frequency of re-application can vary. Generally speaking, lighter colored marble needs to be sealed more often than darker varieties, which are denser stone.
Reseal marble countertops every year to be safest, or at least every few years. Marble restoration professionals can inspect your stone and provide specific guidance on how to clean and how often to reseal.
Marble Countertop Cleaning & Restoration in Charlotte, NC
Even with proper care, marble countertops need an occasional deep cleaning, polishing, and resealing. Sandifer’s Stone & Tile Care has been providing marble countertop restoration services in the Charlotte area for decades.
Contact us to schedule a free estimate for repair or cleaning services.