Marble Care Guide

Marble is a beautiful and durable stone surface for countertops; however, it requires extra care for cleaning and maintenance. It is composed of calcium carbonate, which makes it susceptible to etching by any acids. Marble is softer and more porous than granite and as a result, you may see more scratches, pitting, cracks, stains, and even dulling of the shine.

General Cleaning

Dust at least once a week with a soft microfiber cloth. For wet cleaning, use a damp cloth and a pH-neutral cleaner designed for stone. Check with us for our recommendations. It is common to use mild dish soap and water. Put it in a spray bottle and spray the counter. Wipe and scrub gently with a damp cloth. Rinse the towel and wipe until all of the suds are gone. You can then dry the countertop with a soft towel.

Do not use regular cleaning products that can etch the stone surface over time. Especially avoid cleaning products that include vinegar, bleach, ammonia, lemon juice, orange, or other citrus foods. Never use abrasive cleaners that will damage and dull the finish.

Spills and Stains

Splashes of acidic foods and drinks like tomatoes, citrus fruits, sodas, coffee, wine, fruit juice, and even vinegar will damage marble. When you use a marble countertop for food preparation, you will need to wipe up any spills immediately. It may be a good idea to put down a protective sheet, such as silicone or plastic while working on a marble countertop. Or, use a large cutting board for your prep work.

Marble is tolerant of hot pot and pans, but you should always protect it with a trivet. Use placemats and coasters under plates and glasses when serving on a marble countertop. Clean the marble countertop immediately after each meal.

Stain Removal

For mild etching, look for a marble polishing powder that is approved for that use and follow the directions. Stains will need to be dealt with according to what caused the stain. A baking soda poultice is a general solution for many stains. To make it, mix baking soda with a little water, spread it on the stain, and cover it. After 12 to 24 hours, gently remove the paste and wipe the area with a damp cloth.

Proper Sealing

Seal the countertops regularly, as recommended by the manufacturer. Be sure to reseal when water fails to bead up when it splashes on the surface. Sealing will help prevent stains and damage and keep marble countertops looking beautiful. However, there are some marble surfaces that do not need sealing, so you must check to be sure you are not adding sealers that will just remain on the surface.

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