How to Clean Marble Countertops
Marble is a beloved material for counters in kitchens and baths. Cleaning marble surfaces is really pretty easy once you have the right tools. What’s not loved is the difficulty in cleaning and caring for this elegant, veined stone Marble is more permeable than other common countertop materials like engineered stone or soapstone, so it can be prone to staining and etching. Certain cleaners can damage marble countertops. You have to safely remove dirt, stains, and etching from this elegant stone. You can keep your marble scar-free and lovely if you care for it properly. Here’s how to clean marble countertops and some tips:
- Mop up spills as soon as they happen so they don’t have time to etch the counter surface.
- Don’t use vinegar.
- Don’t use Windex or bleach on marble. A single-use of these acidic substances will damage a marble countertop surface and dull the stone.
- Don’t use abrasive cleaner or pads, either, because marble can be scratched, You don’t need specialty cleaners for marble.
- Mild soap and hot water will do just fine.
- Use Wipe sudsy water on the counter with a sponge or you can also use a soft cloth.
- You can give your marble a little quantity of spray sealant at least once a month.
Marble is absorbent and can be damaged by spilling an acidic material on it. By acidic material, we mean common household substances like milk, wine, tomato juice or lemon juice.
There are some types of Marble Stains:
Rust stains are probably the most difficult of marble stains to remove. They typically come in the shape of the metallic object that left the stain and is typically in the color of copper to brown.
Oil-Based Stains are typically light brown to yellow in color; examples include milk, peanut butter, or hand lotions.
Organic Stains are naturally noticed once the item that makes the stain is removed, and typically darken the stone to a light pinkish-brown to dark brown color. coffee, leaves, bird droppings, or flowers these are some examples.
Ink Stains are very common. They show up a lot of times in the color of the ink pen, highlighter, or wine that left them behind.
So what do you do when you spill something on your marble countertop and it stains? You can rub on hydrogen peroxide mixed with a few drops of ammonia or water. Do not put more than a few drops of ammonia because it’s a weak acid and can damage your counter.
To remove etching, use a marble polishing powder. Wet the counter surface, shake over the powder and rub with a soft, humid cloth, or use a buffer pad on a low-speed drill. Buff until the etch goes away and the shine returns.