The do’s and don’ts of marble countertops

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Marble is among the most popular choices for countertops in 2022. While marble’s shiny, luxurious appearance is unmatched, it is one of the more sensitive natural stone surfaces as it is very porous and prone to etching and cracking. That being said, there is a lot to consider when it comes to caring for marble countertops to avoid wear and tear. Here are the do’s and don’ts for maintaining your marble surface according to our stone wholesalers.

DO be gentle.

Deep cleaning your marble doesn’t have to be aggressive. Because marble can be easily scratched, a soft cloth is ideal for cleaning. Microfiber is a great option to regularly clean your marble without etching it. Keep in mind that repairing marble can be difficult, so prevention is critical. 

DON’T use abrasive cleaners. 

To reiterate, do not use tough cleaning tools such as scouring pads or steel scrubbers as these can do permanent damage to your surface. If you encounter a tough spot that needs special attention, soak it with a mild soap and hot water. Then let it sit for a few minutes and go in with a microfiber rag to finish the job. 

DO use coasters. 

Acidic foods and beverages such as coffee, wine, fruit juices or soda can be damaging to your marble. To avoid etching, dulling or staining your surface, use coasters or table mats whenever you eat or drink at your marble countertops. It is an easy but effective way to prevent exposing your marble to damaging substances. 

DON’T let spills sit.

While you can do everything to prevent spilling, mistakes happen. Don’t beat yourself up about it! Do, however, clean the spill up immediately. The cost of letting it sit could be permanent staining or damage to your marble countertops. If you locate a stain, try using a 12 percent hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia before seeking professional services. 

DO use marble-specific cleaners.

Your food and drinks aren’t the only thing that can damage your marble - some cleaning products are guilty, as well. Don’t choose just any solution to clean your marble. Avoid potentially damaging ingredients such as vinegar, ammonia or citrus. Make it easy by purchasing a formula that is specifically designed for cleaning marble. Our natural stone wholesalers can recommend the best cleaner for your marble countertops.

DON’T apply too much weight.

While it may go without saying, do not sit or stand on your marble countertops. Unlike laminate surfaces, marble is not a very flexible material. Applying too much weight to one spot can dent or crack your countertops which can be difficult and expensive to repair. 

Don’t blindly invest in marble countertops. Consider these do’s and don’ts as you shop for a natural stone surface. Our stone wholesalers know all there is to know about natural stone, and we can help you choose the right material for your kitchen countertops. Contact us for a quote today!

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