Marble slabs are known for their beautiful white background and grey, gold vein pattern. If you love marble as much as I do and are wanting to get marble countertops in your kitchen, you have to be ready for a little more maintenance as compared to quartzites.
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1. Wipe up spills immediately:
Marble is porous, ok so what does that mean ?
In simple words, marble particles that are held together are not really tight and when there is a liquid dropped on it, the liquid seeps in and stays there. That’s your stain.
Wipe up spills as soon as they happen with a damp cloth.
2. Use a pH-neutral cleaner:
Marble is sensitive to acidic and alkaline substances. Use a cleaner that is pH-neutral (a pH of 7) or specifically formulated for marble to avoid damaging the surface.
3. Avoid using abrasive materials:
Do not use abrasive materials like steel wool or scouring powder to clean marble. These materials can scratch the surface.
4. Seal the marble:
All natural stone should be sealed after installation. For marble, to prevent staining, sealing should be done as needed. Depending on how you use your kitchen, once a year is the recommended normally. If you have very high traffic areas, like the sink area. it’s not a bad idea to seal it every 6 months.
5. Use coasters, placemats, and trivets:
It’s a very good idea to have these things available. It’s advisable not to put hot pots or pans directly on the marble. Also, steam from your cooking pan lids can cause stains.
6. Be careful with acidic substances:
Avoid exposing marble to acidic substances like lemon juice, vinegar, and wine. These can etch the surface. Etching is very similar to stain, its just a lighter version. Always have a large cutting board on the counter top.
7. Do not use harsh chemicals:
Avoid using harsh chemicals like bleach or drain cleaner on marble. Just use warm water to clean your countertops.
I would like to state the reality. If you are looking to get marble, and maintaining it, it’s still going to get etched some day. You have to understand that you cook, live and breathe in your kitchen. Some day, the sealer will wear off at some point. If the water is left on the marble counter, it will seep in.
You should be open to live with it, All the Italian bars mostly have marble counters and the have been there for years.
In most design creators opinion, you grow with the marble. it becomes a part of your life. Do not stress, just enjoy the beauty of natural marbles.
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