Marbles have been one of those timeless pieces seen in the home interiors for ages. They have been around since Greek and Roman times and are used till now for their eternal elegance and style.
The kind of durability these stones offer makes them extremely versatile and a favorite for a surface for kitchen and bathroom countertops.
No doubt, installing marble in any area of your property instantly enhances the aesthetics of the space, but since this stone is composed of calcium carbonate, it is softer and porous and hence, highly susceptible to scratches, pitting, cracks, stains, and loss of shine.
It takes extra care and maintenance to keep the marble looking beautiful, and shiny, and last for a good number of years. Here are some easy tips for maintaining the marble countertops in your home:
While working in the kitchen, it is quite common to witness the spills and splashes of wine, coffee, milk, juice, etc., and not wiping them immediately damages the marble. That is why it is best to avoid letting the spilled food or drinks sit on the marble for too long and clean off anything that comes into the marble’s contact.
Putting down a sheet made of silicone or plastic is another great idea while cooking or working on the marble countertops. Even placing hot pans and pans isn’t recommended despite marble being quite tolerant of heat. Using trivets as a preventive action is suggested.
Also, instead of placing glasses or bottles directly on the marble counters, coasters, and trays can be used for additional protection.
You cannot even imagine how applying a marble sealer helps take care of the marble so easily and effectively. Marble sealing is a surface treatment that clogs the pores on the marble surface to prevent staining and to keep the shine of the marble intact.
It allows trouble-free and quick cleaning of the marble countertops, as well as floors. No dirt and dust sticks around or gets accumulated dirt. Thus, your work becomes more manageable.
However, some marble surfaces do not require sealing, so make sure you check them before adding sealers to them.
Appropriate Cleaning Products
Marble kitchen countertops need dusting at least once a week with a microfiber cloth. The cleaning solution that you would need for wet cleaning should be pH neutral and free of vinegar, bleach, ammonia, and similar strong agents. You can also use mild dish soap and water and spray it over the counter and gently scrub with a damp cloth.
Do not ever use acidic cleaners as they cause abrasions on the counters and dull their finishing. For stubborn stains, a thick paste of baking soda and acetone will do all the wonders.
Also, don’t forget to discuss these tips with the guests coming for a stay over at your place or visitors helping you prepare for an upcoming holiday feast.