With appropriate protection and maintenance, you can keep that natural stone looking its finest.
Mother Nature’s gift to our homes is natural stone, with its rich colorations and exquisite texture. However, this lovely, popular kitchen and bathroom countertop alternative is expensive, and despite its sturdiness, it has a delicate side. That is why it is critical to safeguard your investment by properly caring for marble. This article will show you how to clean marble countertops, remove stains, and protect the surfaces on a regular basis, but first you must accept a stone cold fact: marble, which is mostly comprised of calcium carbonate, is sensitive to acidic solutions.
This means that any acid, whether it’s a drop of lemon juice, a moist margarita glass, or an acidic cleaning like vinegar, may eat away at the surface, resulting in dull areas called etches. Some people consider etches to be a part of the character of a countertop, while others prefer to grind down the top layer and re-polish the surface when there are too many etches. So, aim to maintain your countertops acid-free, and now read on to become a marble preservation and care expert.
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How To Clean Marble Countertops
Another reason for marble’s appeal is its ease of maintenance. Simply avoid items containing acid, such as lemon juice and vinegar. Despite the fact that you may buy non-abrasive stone cleaner designed particularly for marble, read labels carefully to prevent harming your surface. Alternatively, you may save money by cleaning marble surfaces using a mild, non-abrasive, pH neutral (non-acidic) soap combined with water.
STEP 1 If you aren’t using marble cleaner, combine a spritz of soft, non-abrasive dish soap with warm water in a spray bottle and liberally wash the counter. Scrub carefully, then wipe away the soapy solution with a clean damp towel. Repeat the process until all soapy residue has been removed.
STEP 2 Dry and buff the countertop with a soft absorbent cloth.
Removing Stains from Marble Countertops
Stains on marble might be more difficult to remove than regular cleaning. The trick is to accurately determine the source of the stain before administering the right chemical or poultice (a paste-like cleaning agent). Consider the items mentioned below to be your stain-fighting arsenal. It’s also worth noting that the sooner you handle a stain, the greater your chances of removing it.
Caution: Never combine cleaning products or chemicals since the results might be hazardous, even deadly. Always test the cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area before using it to ensure its appropriateness and that it does not harm the surface. Wear protective equipment, such as gloves and goggles, and work in a well-ventillated area.
Oil Based Stain
A grease, cooking oil, milk, or cosmetics stain will discolour the stone and must be removed chemically. Gently clean using a gentle, liquid cleaner containing bleach, ammonia, mineral spirits, or acetone.
Use a 12 percent hydrogen peroxide solution and a few drops of ammonia to remove coffee, tea, wine, fruit, tobacco, paper, and most other food stains (which have a pinkish-brown look). Wipe the stain away using a clean cloth. Dry with a chamois after rinsing with a damp towel.
In a spray bottle, combine three parts household bleach, one part water, and a dash of dishwashing detergent to combat mildew stains. Mist the area completely and repeat until the stain is gone. Rinse and dry with clean, clear water.
Dip a cotton swab in acetone and apply directly to the surface to erase ink stains from dark coloured stone. Use a 20% hydrogen peroxide solution for lighter-colored stone. Keep a moistened soft cloth or sponge on ready to quickly wipe away the cleaning agent once the stain has been gone. A poultice is required to treat huge amounts of ink stains or those that have set in.
- In a small dish, combine 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup flour. Use acetone for dark stone or 20 percent hydrogen peroxide for light stone, adding one teaspoon at a time to the flour to make a paste.
- Using a plastic spatula or spoon, apply the flour poultice to the affected region. Wrap with plastic wrap and firmly press. Use a toothpick or fork to poke holes in the plastic wrap. Allow up to 24 hours for the poultice to dry.
- Remove and remove the plastic wrap, and leave the poultice to dry. Remove and discard once totally dry. If any ink remains, repeat the procedure.
- When you’re certain that the stain has been removed, use a little quantity of neutral pH soap, such as Dove, to a clean, soft sponge wet with water. With a clean moistened sponge, clean the area where the stain was and remove any soap residue.
Removing Paint from Marble Countertops
Remove a tiny leak with a clean towel moistened with lacquer thinner or delicately scrape it off with a razor blade. A bigger paint stain will necessitate the use of a commercial paint remover, which may cause etching and may necessitate re-polishing following removal. To use these items, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and thoroughly rinse the area with clean water. Make sure the location is well ventilated and that you are wearing rubber gloves and eye protection.
Removing Water Spots and Rings from Marble Countertops
Using a dry, 0000-rated steel wool pad, buff off water stains. Smaller scratches and nicks may be removed using the same pad. Larger issues may necessitate re-polishing. Use coasters and trivets on counters in the future.
Removing Metal Stains from Marble Countertops
- Pre-made commercial poultices (available at stone maintenance supply stores) should be combined with water to the consistency of thick peanut butter.
- Slather it on the stain at a thickness of 14 to 12 inch. Spread the paste evenly with a wooden or plastic spatula.
- Wrap with plastic wrap and seal the sides using painter’s tape. Allow it to sit for at least 24 hours.
- Allow the poultice to cure and “extract” the stain from the stone before removing the plastic.
- When the poultice is dry to the touch, scrape it off with a wood or plastic scraper. After rinsing the area with distilled water, rub it with a soft cloth.
Sealing Marble Countertops
Because marble is porous, a sealer is advised as a barrier to prevent a spill from creating a stain. Experts recommend re-sealing every three to six months, but excellent sealing materials are easy to use and can be found at any home improvement shop.
STEP 1 Remove everything off the counters to make the entire surface accessible. Use a little dish soap to clean the surface. Using a clean cloth, pat dry.
STEP 2 Using a plastic scraper or (carefully!) a single-edged razor blade, remove any built-up residue from cleansers, cooking oil, or other things that may remain. To use a blade, hold it at an angle and run it over the marble softly.
STEP 3 If required, use acetone to remove old sealants and residues from items such as window cleaners. Apply with a clean cloth, rinse with a damp cloth, and dry with a chamois—do not allow the counter to dry naturally.
STEP All directions on the sealant’s box should be read and followed. In most situations, the sealer is applied by pouring it straight onto the surface and spreading it evenly with a clean white cloth. Allow it to soak for the period given in the product’s instructions, which is generally three to four minutes.
STEP 5 Apply more sealer to the areas that have been treated. This will make it easier to collect and collect extra sealer during cleanup. Remove any sealant that hasn’t soaked in using a clean, dry cloth.
STEP 6 Apply a second layer of sealer only if your product’s instructions specify that it is essential. Otherwise, one coat will enough.