It is not surprising that marble countertops are very popular in kitchens and bathrooms. Marble is a beautiful natural stone that comes in a variety of colors, and each countertop is unique. If you invest in marble countertops for your home, you are sure to want them to look great for many years to come. Use the following tips to maintain and care for your marble countertops:
Seal Your Countertop
While marble is a natural stone, it is also porous so it needs to be protected. One of the best things you can do to keep your marble countertops looking great is to have them sealed. A quality sealant will help repel water and stains from damaging your countertop. A sealant is typically applied during fabrication or after installation. When water stops beading on top of a marble countertop, it is time to have the countertop re-sealed by a professional.
Items such as vinegar, tomato, or citrus can etch the surface of a marble countertop and cause damage. These things should never be left sitting on top of a marble countertop. If preparing a recipe that uses tomatoes or citrus, always use a cutting board and clean the area thoroughly when done. If you're using vinegar in your kitchen or bathroom, pay extra attention to being very careful to prevent vinegar from splashing on your countertops.
Clean with Care
Acidic, abrasive, or vinegar-base cleaners should never be used when cleaning a marble countertop. The best thing to do is to sweep or vacuum up dust and debris, and then carefully wipe down the countertop with a damp sponge or clean towel. It is in your best interest to invest in a countertop cleaner that is designed for marble or natural stone. When you use a cleaner that is made to clean stone countertops, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that you are not inadvertently damaging the surface of the stone.
Make Repairs Promptly
As marble countertops age, they may begin to show some signs of regular wear and tear. Cracks or chips can form, but is is possible to have them fixed in order to restore the beauty of your marble. While there are DIY repair kits for marble cracks and chips, it is in your best interest to hire a professional to make the repairs. It is always a good idea to make repairs promptly before a crack or chip gets bigger in size.Share
16 August 2017
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