Do you have marble worktops in your kitchen? This guest post has lots of great tips for keeping them in top condition.
Not only are marble worktops a source of beauty in your home, they’re also viewed as a luxury item and can add to the value of your home. Lots of people are choosing to invest in natural stone surfaces for their home, due to their greater durability, aesthetic appeal, functionality, and the sheer luxury status over other available options.
It’s not very difficult to maintain marble worktops; you just need to follow these tips to keep yours looking stunning.
Wipe Them Down Regularly
To prevent ruining your worktops, you should clean them regularly to remove all spills, grease and other dirt that builds up from cooking or entertaining guests. The longer food and liquids sit on the surface, the more likely it is to cause permanent issues. If you wipe down your worktops on a regular basis, you can preserve and protect them from damage. Avoid using tough scouring pads or those that contain silicon carbide, as these may leave scratches behind. Use a soft cloth and a speciality cleaner for stone surfaces, and remember to dust on a consistent basis as well for a spotless appearance.
Use Safe Cleaning Products
It’s important to use the right cleaning products on marble counters so they don’t get damaged. Only purchase cleaning products that are specifically designed for natural stone worktops. Abrasive cleaners or creamy cleaning solutions can cause damage. Remember natural stone compounds can react unpredictably to unconventional cleaning methods, so it is critical to choose suitable cleaners every time. The company that you purchased your worktop from can offer you advice on effective cleaning products to avoid any damage.
When cleaning your worktops, you should allow the solution to really sink into the counter to get out any stains or debris on the marble. Remember to carefully follow the instructions printed on the cleaning label to ensure you’re using it properly.
Another key tip to remember is to avoid generic cleaners such as glass cleaners, mould removal sprays, or other common cleaning agents found in most homes. Although you may be tempted to combine your own natural cleaning products to clean a worktop, don’t do it. Using a mixture of homemade cleaning products is not recommended since many of them have acidic compounds or chemicals that will cause the marble to lose its colour. In addition, stay away from any type of cleaning solution that contains vinegar, bleach, or lemon juice. These products can severely damage marble worktops.
Quickly Clean Spills
A marble worktop must be properly maintained in order to keep its beautiful and eye-catching look. Any type of spills, such as coffee, juice, soda or any other liquid should always be immediately wiped up, so it doesn’t set into the natural stone. The longer the liquid stays on the natural stone, the more likely it is to cause damage. Even water has the capacity to stain a worktop if it is left on the surface too long. Also, acidic liquids, such as alcohol and vinegar, have a higher chance of ruining your marble worktop if they’re not cleaned up very promptly. If you avoid cleaning up a spill, the liquid can drastically change the colour of the natural stone and cause irreversible damage.
Likewise, spills can cause etching to occur on your marble worktops. Etching is corrosion of calcium and other minerals in the counter due to condensation from cups and glasses. To prevent this kind of damage, use coasters under cups when placing them on your marble worktop. Also, you should use trivets to protect the surface from hot cookware that can cause heat-based stains, and use place mats under china or any kitchen appliances that you store or set on your worktops.
Polish Your Counter
If you end up with scratches or etched rings on your worktop, don’t panic. You can purchase polish to treat the damaged area. It does a wonderful job at brightening up stone surfaces and making them sparkle. Simply apply a marble powder to the area where the scratch is, and then add stone polish to revitalise the area and smooth it over. This simple technique works very effectively at keeping your marble worktops in good condition.
Regularly Apply Sealant
Every worktop must be sealed in order for it to keep its desirable appearance. A honed marble worktop is more porous and susceptible to staining. The tiny holes in the surface can absorb spills and debris easily if it’s not sealed on a daily basis. If you have honed worktops, sealing it is strongly encouraged to reduce the chances of the marble developing stains or scratches during the course of daily activities. It’s smart to check areas that you regularly use and make sure they don’t have any stains or scratches. Experts recommend that you consider sealing your worktops at least once a year. However, polished marble may not need to be sealed as often.
It’s crucial that you use safe methods to maintain and protect your marble worktops. If you’re unsure how to care for them, you should ask a professional. Applying the wrong type of cleaning solution or not sealing your worktop can negatively affect the marble surface and it’s often very costly to repair. Some mistakes may even require you to buy a new section of worktop.
Investing in high-quality, specialised stone cleaning products and additional materials for upkeep is fundamental to preserve every surface. With the proper upkeep of your marble worktop, you can guarantee that it’ll stay gorgeous and functional for many years to come.
Do you have any tips for taking care of marble worktops in the kitchen?
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