How to Care for Your Marble Countertops & Floor

How to Care for Your Marble Countertops & Floor

The elegance of marble in a home is undeniable. Marble stone countertops and floors enrich any room in a home. While the stone is durable, it is delicate, and property owners must understand the proper care for marble.

Care includes daily care such as placing a coaster under a glass to avoid rings when a glass is set on the countertop and cleaning up spills immediately.

Cleaning Marble Countertops

As a porous surface, marble is susceptible to etching and staining. Etching happens when spills like

acidic liquids such as tomato sauce spill onto the countertop. If the spill is not immediately wiped up, the surface will begin to etch as the acid begins to eat away at the calcium carbonate in the stone. The result is a look that is dull, and one that creates rings or darker spots on the marble. The natural light and lighting in the room determine the visibility of the etching.

The most popular choice in marble finishes is honed and polished. Honed marble finishes do not show the etching as the marble is already etched. However, property owners with a polished marble finish (glossy surface) need to worry about etching as even cutting a lemon on the countertop or spaghetti splashing onto the countertops can cause etching. The difference in honed and polished marble is honed will stain more easily while polished marble will easily etch.

Many times water may be an adequate solution to wipe up countertops. But, most certainly property owners need to avoid the use of vinegar, cleaning solutions that contain acid and lemon juice to clean the countertops as damage can occur. The best cleaning solution for cleaning the counters is mild soap and water with a nonabrasive cloth or sponge. Do not depend on the solution for removing etching, as it will not.

Marble flooring needs to be sealed, or you are opening yourself up to a world of trouble. Marble floors should be regularly vacuumed, swept and mopped using a mild soap and water with a nonabrasive cloth or mop. Avoiding all cleaning solutions containing acid is a must. For spot treating use a poultice paste spreading it onto the stained area and cover with plastic wrap and allow to dry for 12 to 24 hours. When dry, scrape the paste from the marble and wipe clean with a damp, nonabrasive sponge or cloth.