How to Care for Your Marble

MARBLE CARE

One question I am asked often is, "How do I protect and care for my Marble Surfaces?."  Here are a few designer tips to help you decide if this gorgeous, yet porous, material is right for your home.  

Thinking About Marble?

If you are considering Marble for your kitchen or bathroom project, make sure to consider a few things: Marble is a soft material and of all of the stones probably the most susceptible to stains and etching.  Don’t worry though, with a few easy care and maintenance tips you’ll protect your gorgeous stone for years to come.  

Protect/Clean: 

You can protect your marble countertops by blotting up spills immediately. Acidic liquids like wine, coffee, milk, and citrus juices can all damage your marble surfaces if left.  

Wipe down your countertops with a (damp) soft towel or soft sponge. Steer clear of any harsh chemicals like bleach, ammonia, and vinegar and name brand cleaners that can dull the surface over time. I’ve tried Miracle Sealants Tile and Stone Cleaner $9.00 at Home Depot, and it’s safe for marble countertops.  

 

Seal: 

Many clients can’t tell me when they last sealed their countertops. Depending on the fabricator, many seal the countertops prior to installing at your home, however, this sealer is not going to last forever. It’s a general design rule that Marble should be sealed every year.  If you can’t remember the last time you did, you probably should.  

Tip: If you don’t see water beading up on the countertop’s surface, you probably should re-seal.

I have used and recommend Miracle Sealants Impregnator Penetrating Sealer. It’s available at Home Depot for $34.00.  It’s a water-based sealer recommended for food safe or bathroom surfaces.

Designer Tips:

Throwing a party? Don’t babysit your countertops!  

Put wine bottles on decorative trays or wine bottle coasters, and encourage guests to watch their glasses by putting out festive cocktail napkins like these available at Ashley Rohe Home.

 

 

“Merlot You Didn’t” Cocktail Napkins 20 count $5.00 ea.

-Invest in cocktail napkins, coasters, trays, and trivets that will help you protect your surfaces while cooking or entertaining.  

 

-Renovating or building? Ask the Professionals.  Your designer, fabricator or marble supplier should be able to guide you to sealers, cleaners, and even more tips for how to care for your marble countertops.

-Looking to geek out on Marble Info?  Check out The Marble Institute’s Guide for Care and Cleaning of Natural Stone  for much more information to help you with even the most tricky stain or spot.