Marble Maintenance Made Easy

Marble Maintenance Made Easy

January 09, 2014

Love the look of marble but heard “horror stories” of living with it in your home? We can put your mind at ease. While marble does need some tender loving care, it’s actually very easy to maintain. The secret is simply learning how to care for it properly.

White Carrara Countertop

White Carrara countertop by Molly Frey Design; photo via Houzz

 The following measures will go a long way in keeping your countertops in good shape;

• Clean up spills right away, especially for acidic spills like tomatoes, citrus fruits, and even vinegar. (Never use vinegar to clean a marble countertop.) Use ceramic or stone bake ware to avoid rust spots.

• Seal the marble surface as recommended by your fabricator. Your marble is sealed properly when water beads form droplets on the surface. When water stops beading, it’s time to re-seal.

• Never use abrasive cleaners. All marble should ever need is a soft, damp cloth and pH neutral cleaner.

• Don’t let wet dishes, glasses, or water sit on the countertop for any length of time. In other words, use coasters on marble countertops and rugs on marble floors.

• Use trivets and pot holders to avoid scorching. Never place hot pots or pans on a marble top. When we use hot pots or pans on natural stone countertops we ignore the fact that we are heating just one small section, directly under the pan, excessively whereas the surrounding area of the countertop may be very cold. If we do it repeatedly we are unknowingly causing thermal stress inside the stone.


White Carrara VanityWhite marble vanity by The Remodeling Company; photo via Houzz

• If you have a marble vanity, place felt pads under cosmetic and toiletry containers to avoid scratching.

• Remember that marble is not granite. It’s softer, so it will stain and wear more easily.

• And perhaps most importantly, don’t sweat it. Enjoy the one-of-a-kind personality that your marble develops over time. Think of it as a sign that your home has been lived in and well loved.

Don’t miss out on a beautiful material that adds warmth and luxury to the home just because somebody else didn’t take the time to learn proper care and maintenance. (Though sadly, sometimes the fault is the “expert” who didn’t properly educate the consumer.)

Still nervous? Visit Marble and Granite, Inc., where we have a solid understanding of how marble reacts to various elements, conditions, and situations. We’ll thoroughly explain how to care for your marble countertops and ensure you confidently select a material you’ll love for years to come.


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