Published on February 9th, 2017 | by admin0
Maintaining Marble: How To Properly Care for Countertops
There are many reasons why marble is often the natural stone of choice for homeowners looking to add an air of sophisticated elegance to a room with high quality countertops or tiles, and with just a few simple tips, it’s possible to maintain the stone’s appearance for many years.
Marble has a classic look that’s almost impossible to imitate, just saying the word conjures up images of temples, manor houses and more that use the solid white and black slabs of marble with specks of yellow, gray, green, and other colors to create a truly unique appearance. Thankfully it works just as well on the small scale, making for beautiful marble countertops.
In addition to its physical beauty, marble can also withstand a fair amount of heat which makes it popular for use in kitchens where it won’t get damaged from hot pots and pans.
However, the stone is a little more vulnerable than sturdier material such as granite. It’s important to note that marble is a porous material, which means that it will absorb liquids faster than other substances. As a result, it can risk being damaged from spills and stains in the kitchen or bathroom where liquids often flood over onto the countertops.
Marble can also suffer from some scratching — another reason why extra care is needed to protect the countertops — particularly against harm from utensils in the kitchen.
One good tip for preventing against staining from liquids is to always use a protective layer to keep the marble countertops dry. For example, place a coaster under drinks in the kitchen to avoid condensation running down onto the countertop. Similarly, in the bathroom, use trays to hold things like soap that would other risk staining the marble if placed directly onto it.
Marble tile can also work well for flooring in heavily used rooms because it can withstand a lot of foot traffic, but some extra care can be taken by using mats, rugs, and other coverings to collect dust and dirt from underfoot and prevent it from staining the tiles. Thankfully cleaning marble tile floors is a breeze — just use a dry mop with soft bristles to remove any lingering dirt.
The risk of absorption mentioned above can be addressed with another good tip: It’s worth using a sealer as an extra step of protection to further prevent staining from liquids. Marble countertops used in kitchens will typically need to be resealed about once a year, though that might vary depending on the type of marble used, the size of the countertop, how frequently it’s used, and other factors.
This might sound like a lot of work, but overall care for marble countertops is fairly straightforward. Just use common sense and avoid things that might cause harm to the material — for example, avoid using acidic liquids that could leave stains. Also, don’t put too much weight on the marble, because placing too much weight in one area could run the risk of cracking it.
For homeowners that are debating whether to invest in marble countertops, these tips show that it’s a dream easily fulfilled so long as a few basic steps are taken to care for them.