Of all the countertop options on the market, there’s nothing quite like marble. Marble countertops are some of the most popular options due to their durability, affordability, and appearance.
But as we’ve learned before, natural stone is only worth what you put into it. It is porous, meaning that even though it’s durable, it isn’t indestructible. Here are a few quick tips on how you can clean your marble countertops and prevent damage.
1. CLEAN SPILLS QUICKLY.
The longer a spill sits on top of marble, the greater the chance it will leave a lasting mark. Sure, spills may not seem like a big deal in small doses, but ignoring them can result in some serious scarring that is harder to remove than the spill that caused it.
Be careful with your counters, use caution with what you set on them, and clean accidents quickly!
2. USE PH-NEUTRAL CLEANERS AND WARM WATER FOR GENERAL CLEANING.
Mild, non-abrasive, cleaners should do the trick for all your everyday cleaning needs. And remember, avoid acidic cleaners and non-marble cleaners.
3. TACKLE STAINS WITH HYDROGEN PEROXIDE AND AMMONIA.
Did a spill leave behind something that soap and water just won’t get up? A hydrogen peroxide-ammonia solution often works wonders for these situations. But always remember to only use minimal amounts of ammonia, as over-application of chemicals like these can damage your natural stone in irreversible ways.
If the stain still won’t come up, contact your Carpet Tech team and avoid using any other foreign chemicals that can dull your shiniest surfaces.
4. RUB, BUFF AND DRY WITH A SOFT, ABSORBENT TOWEL.
Once you have applied your cleaning solution, you’ve rinsed the area with warm water, and you have removed the stain, dry the affected areas with a soft towel. Letting your countertops air-dry will only create another mess for you to deal with.
5. SEAL IT UP.
We’re not saying that you’ll never have to clean your marble again (there’s always work to do!), but marble sealing is a good way to ensure longevity. Because of its porous nature, marble countertops are more susceptible to deep damage than other types of surfaces. A professional sealant, however, acts as a barrier between the marble and the things that aim to harm it.
Learn More: How to Care for Natural Stone in Your Home
If you’re curious about the best ways to keep your marble clean, then this is a great place to start. And if you really want to make ‘em shine, call your friends at Carpet Tech. Our team has what it takes to clean, seal and restore even the most damaged marble countertops. Get in touch below to talk to a natural stone specialist.