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Marble Countertop Maintenance

Cleaning & Maintenance of Marble Countertops

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Marble countertops require periodic sealing and resealing. To keep your investment looking it’s best, this should be done by a qualified contractor. Marble is a porous stone that can be stained and scratched easily if it is has not been properly sealed. It is also very important that you have it resealed on a regular basis as the sealer can wear off. But despite this, marble is a one of the most beautiful stones used for countertops and it can make any kitchen look like it belongs on a magazine cover.

Regular cleaning

For the seal to last longer, make it a habit to wipe off all spills immediately. Avoid getting acidic liquids on the surface because the surface can be etched by these kinds of liquids. Make use of coasters or place mats when setting drinks on your marble countertop to avoid getting moisture rings. To clean your marble countertop, use a damp chamois or microfiber cloth. Wipe it down occasionally with lukewarm water, and wipe it dry with a clean cloth. Once a year, wash the marble countertop with dishwashing detergent dissolved in water, rinsing it well and wipe dry. You can also apply a coat of colorless wax can help seal your marble countertop and protect it from stains. However, do not use wax on white marble because it can cause it to yellow. For the best results, always buy professional marble sealers from your marble countertop manufacturer or distributor.

Special cleaning

Over time, a marble countertop can become dull and require polishing. Years ago, using a professional to polish your marble countertop was the only way to make it look like new. Now however, commercial marble cleaners and polishers are sold that allow you to polish your marble countertop yourself. Dull and otherwise marred surfaces can be polished by rubbing putty powder or tin oxide with a damp cloth on the marble countertop surface. Buff it with an electric polisher to get the best results.

Removing stains

Certain chemical mixtures are recommended for taking out different types of stains that you might get on your marble countertop. The most common ingredients used for removing stains are ammonia, 20% peroxide, acetone, dishwashing detergent, and commercial rust stain remover. Use a poultice placed on such things as a napkin or paper towel to apply these chemicals. The poultice can be left on the stain for an hour to 48 hours, depending on the depth and age of the stain. Place plastic wrap over the poultice and lock in the moisture. You will want to dampen the poultice regularly to maintain its moisture.  When using chemicals that contain acid, monitor the progress of the stain removal regularly and remove as soon as you get the desired result as the acid can etch the surface of the countertop.