Comment by The AQK Team on January 14, 2017
Marble Countertops | How to Care for Marble
Maybe you’re thinking about installing marble countertops and want to know what kind of upkeep they require. Maybe you already have them and want to see how to clean up spills. Whatever the reason, we have everything you need to know about cleaning marble to keep it looking as new as possible!
What You Can Expect From Your Marble Countertops
Marble is gorgeous. It’s undeniable. But it’s also soft. And porous. And prone to scratches, stains, and markings. Any type of acid will eat away at your marble countertops, making it look dull (which is known as etching). If you care more about having marble countertops than having perfect countertops then you should be ok. Even though it’s hard to prevent all damage to your marble countertops, there’s definitely some Dos and Don’ts you can keep in mind to care for your marble as best you can.
What To Do To Protect Your Marble
- DO use gentle cleaners: Marble is VERY porous. That means it soaks up everything that’s put on it, including cleaner (and germs!). The cleaner you use has to be gentle enough not to damage your countertop but strong enough to disinfect. We like this recipe here.
- DO wipe up acidic substances right away: When you’re cooking or eating and you spill or splash anything acidic, make sure to wipe it up right away. This means things like lemon juice, milk, tomato sauce, and alcohol.
- DO seal your marble countertop monthly: This is a preventative measure. Buy an at-home spray sealant and re-seal your countertops once a month or so. This will lay down an extra level of defense against stains and some etching for your marble.
- DO use coasters and cutting boards: Using coasters and cutting boards can prevent scratching and etching. Juices from fruits that you cut can etch your marble, and wine or soda on the bottom of glasses or cans can also harm your countertop.
What Not To Do To Protect Your Marble Countertops
- DON’T use acidic cleaners: Remember what we said earlier about any type of acid causing etching? This means you don’t want to use acidic cleaners like vinegar and lemon juice. Instead, use a gentle detergent like watered down dish-soap.
- DON’T use an abrasive sponge or cloth: You get it by now; marble is soft. So you have to be delicate when you clean it. That means no steel wool or tough sponges. Only use soft cloths and gentle sponges when you wipe up spills or deep clean.
- DON’T use your marble countertop as a catch-all: Marble dings and scratches easily, so don’t use your countertop as a place to throw down whatever you’re holding. Sharp or heavy objects can scratch your countertop, so be mindful of what you place down on it. You can always use a soft-bottomed tray to hold sharper things.
Try Your Best, But Accept Your Fate
You can do everything right, but the fact of the matter is that marble is delicate. So try as hard as you can, but know that your marble countertops are never going to stay perfect. But that doesn’t make them any less beautiful! And if you have any questions about the care and upkeep of your marble, or are ready to put marble in your kitchen, give us a call any time.