Updating the countertops in your kitchen may seem like a challenging task. Not only will you need to choose from an enormous variety of materials, but you also need to choose colors, finishes, and edges. Granite is one of the most popular options because of its durability and natural look, but other materials are available for your kitchen. Even though marble requires a lot of maintenance to keep it clean and in good condition, it is a valuable option for your kitchen. If you have recently installed marble countertops, use this guide to protect the look and value of these appealing countertops.
Simple Cleaning Solution
Cleaning products that contain harsh ingredients, such as acids or scrubbing agents, can erode the surface of your marble countertops. As this erosion occurs, dull spots will develop on the surface. These spots are known as etches. Removing the etching is possible, which will be addressed below, but preventing them in the first place is best.
To ensure you clean your marble in a safe way that will remove food, spills, and bacteria without etching the surface, create a simple cleaning solution by adding the following into a spray bottle:
- 2 cups of warm water
- 1 tablespoon of gentle liquid dish soap
Shake the bottle to mix. Then, spray the solution onto the countertops. As the cleaner sits on the marble, soak a soft dish towel in hot water. Wring out the excess water and use the towel to wipe off the countertops and cleaning solution.
To dry, rub the countertop with a soft, absorbent towel. You can also use this towel to buff the marble, enhancing its shine and overall appeal.
Marble is beautiful, but it can stain because it is a porous material, especially if the countertop surface is not sealed. To protect your marble from staining, you should clean up any food and liquid spills immediately. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, so your countertops may stain or discolor in areas over time.
To remove the stains, add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to a bowl full of water. Dip a clean paper towel into the bowl and apply the solution directly to the stained area of your marble. It is helpful to test an inconspicuous area of your marble before cleaning a larger area.
As stated above, you may develop etches in your marble. For some people, the etching does not decrease the appeal of the countertops. For others, the etching is a problem that needs to be addressed.
Marble cleaning contractors will use buffers to buff out the etching on your marble. This is a messy process that should only be done by professionals or only be used if a large area of your countertops has etches. After buffing, the countertops should be sealed to prevent stains and damage in the future.
Marble counters are a great investment for your home's value and appeal, but maintenance is essential. This guide will help you through the cleaning and stain removal process.