Marble is a natural stone, which means each countertop is unique—a quality many of our homeowners like. But before selecting marble for your countertops, be aware of the care and maintenance required when using a natural stone. Because of its porous nature, marble is prone to etching and staining which should be taken into consideration when making your countertop selections.
Sealing Your Marble Countertops
Sealing repels staining agents but doesn’t make marble stain-proof. Talk with your countertop fabricator to determine what sealing repellent they recommend. Remember when water no longer beads on your countertop, it’s time to reseal.
Protecting Your Marble Countertops
Marble is also very porous and can be damaged by spilling acidic substances such as milk, wine, tomato juice or lemon juice on a marble counter—whether it is sealed or not. Sealing slows down the etching, but if acids are left on the surface they can still hurt your marble countertops. Prevention is critical with marble. One vendor I spoke with suggested you treat marble countertops as you would a fine wood furniture piece, “using coasters and cutting boards and wiping up spills immediately.”
Cleaning Your Marble Countertops
No special cleaners are needed for your marble countertops. Just use 1-3 drops of mild dish soap with 4 cups of hot water and a soft cloth (anything abrasive will scratch your surface). Never use vinegar, Windex or bleach as they will all etch your countertop.
Corinthian Projects You’ll Love
Despite the care of marble countertops, many of our homeowners choose marble to create the customized remodel they love. Check out some of our past projects with beautiful marble countertops: