Caring for you Marble Countertop during this Holiday Season

Posted on November 25, 2010 by Val Rocha

Caring for your marble countertop during the Holiday Season, should not become a nightmare and prevent you from enjoying your family and friends during  this time of celebration.

If you are one of the many homeowners who have a marble counter tops surface in your kitchen; you are not alone. Here are a few reminders on how to make sure your counter tops go through this season without any damage. Specially, if you have a honed (natural look, not shine) surface.

Although its beauty, elegance and versatility appearance requires maintenance; caring for your marble surface is not a rocket science task; and should not by no means restrain you for choosing one of the most elegant stones in the world, if  it appeals to you taste and lifestyle. Get acquainted with its care and maintenance and get ready for a endless list of compliments  every time you have family and friends over.

For once we all know that Marble is a soft stone and therefore it stains easier than granite. Marble is a Calcareous stone, therefore  is  very sensitive to vinegar and acids like citrus juices their chemical reaction will cause ring marks and a dull look on the marble surface (a.k.a. etching).

Diligent maintenance for your marble surface will preserve  its  beauty for years to come, and save you from the hassle and expenses of having it restored by a stone professional.

Here are 7 Easy Tips to maintain the beauty of your Marble Countertop:

  1. Make sure you clean spills right away;
  2. Use coasters under glasses and bottles;
  3. Rinse off milk or blood spills using clean and cold water; as hot water will make it worse.
  4. For honed surfaces there’s not too much to worry about as far as the cleaning and maintenance care goes. Due to its honed surface, scratches are less visible and easier to repair. Use a pH Neutral marble cleaner on a daily basis and make sure you rinse the surface well and dry using a soft cloth.
  5. For the polished (shine) finish avoid all household chemicals, instead look for marble cleaners that are pH Neutral. Household chemicals, will not only wear off the sealer but also damage (scratch) the polished surface.
  6. Do not attempt to remove stains unless you absolutely know how to do it yourself;
  7. And last but not least if you have had a regular  sealer applied to your marble counter top,  you will have to have it  re-sealed after a couple of years, depending on how well you have observed the above tips.

Always make sure that you are selecting a stone that is recommended for your specific application and fits your lifestyle.

Marble has been part of the world’s history for its beauty, elegance and durability, so make sure you treat it with the care and with the  respect it deserves.

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