Marble is defined as a hard crystalline metamorphic form of limestone, typically white with streaks of color that is capable of taking a polish. If you have marble countertops in your home, you’re well aware of their beauty.
Marble countertops are a sign of luxury in a home. These countertops are gorgeous, waterproof, heatproof, and available in a wide range of colors. What’s the catch? Caring for marble requires regular maintenance.
Like most homeowners, you probably like or liked the thought of having marble countertops in your home, we get it, their fine texture and color selection is gorgeous. However, not many buyers understand or heed the warnings about the regular care that marble countertops require.
Marble care is essential to keeping marble in like new condition. Marble is made up of calcium carbonate, which makes it prone to etching. Why is this a problem? The answer is simple, calcium carbonate reacts with acids. Any time an acid like lemon or tomato touches the marble, the acid will eat away pieces of the marble surface, in turn creating etches.
To help prevent etching and staining it is recommended that marble be sealed regularly. If you’re not sure whether or not it’s time for your marble to be re-sealed look to see what happens when water touches the marble surface. If water fails to bead up when it touches the surface then it usually means it’s time for a re-seal.
Caring for marble requires that you and your family:
- Wipe up spills on the countertop quickly.
- Use coasters.
- Use cutting boards.
- Polish the marble as needed.
- Don’t use vinegar, bleach, ammonia, or other general-purpose cleaners.
- Don’t sit or stand on your countertops.
- Essentially, treat your countertop like a piece of fine wood finish.
If you and your family follow those tips and keep your marble countertops sealed, then your countertops should stay in tiptop shape.
No matter what countertop material you choose to use, be sure to do your research so that you know the maintenance that needs to take place in order to protect your investment and keep your countertop looking like new.