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How to Care for Your Marble Countertops

Marble countertops offer timeless beauty and elegance to any home. However, as a natural stone, marble requires specific care and maintenance to preserve its pristine appearance. Here are essential tips to help you maintain the charm and durability of your marble countertops!

Daily Cleaning

Marble is more porous and softer than granite, making it susceptible to stains and scratches. To keep your countertops in top condition, regular cleaning is crucial:

  • Use a Soft Cloth or Sponge: Always opt for a non-abrasive cloth or sponge to avoid scratching the surface.
  • Mild Soap Solution: Avoid harsh chemicals and acidic cleaners. A gentle soap mixed with water is ideal for cleaning marble. Make sure to rinse the surface thoroughly to prevent soap residue.
  • Dry After Cleaning: Marble can spot and etch if water is left on its surface. Always dry your countertops with a soft towel after cleaning.

Managing Spills

Spills are inevitable, but how you handle them can make a difference:

  • Blot Spills Immediately: Acidic substances like wine, coffee, fruit juices, and sodas can damage marble if not promptly addressed. Blot (do not wipe) spills immediately with a soft cloth.
  • Use Coasters and Trays: Protect your countertops by using coasters under all glasses, particularly those containing alcohol or citrus juices.

Avoiding Scratches and Etching

Marble can be scratched and etched more easily than harder stones such as granite or quartzite:

  • Use Cutting Boards: Never cut directly on marble countertops. Always use a cutting board to protect the surface.
  • Be Cautious with Heavy Objects: Avoid dragging pots, pans, or appliances across the marble, as they can scratch the surface.
  • Avoid Acids and Chemical Cleaners: Acidic liquids and common household cleaners can etch marble countertops, meaning the finish on the surface of the countertop will be changed.  

Periodic Maintenance

Beyond daily cleaning, marble countertops benefit from regular deeper maintenance:

  • Sealing: Marble is less dense than granite, so it requires frequent sealing to prevent stains. Depending on your countertop’s usage, sealing every 6 to 12 months can help maintain its barrier against staining.
  • Polishing: To maintain its lustrous sheen, consider polishing marble countertops periodically. This is not recommended for a homeowner to do themselves. Polishing marble is a nuanced skill, so hiring a professional company, such as Alps Craftsman, will protect your investment. 

Dealing with Stains and Etches

If your marble countertop does become stained or etched, addressing the problem area promptly is crucial:

  • Poultice Pastes: You can use a poultice paste to draw out stains from the marble. Apply the paste to the stained area, cover it with plastic wrap, and leave it for 24 to 48 hours. Then, remove and rinse the area well.
  • Hiring Professionals: For severe stains or etching, it may be best to hire a professional like Alps Craftsman. They can re-polish and reseal your countertops, restoring them to their original beauty.

Contact Alps Craftsman for Marble Countertops Today!

If you want to ensure that your marble countertops receive the best care or are considering installing marble in your home, don’t hesitate to call Alps Craftsman. Our team of experts is equipped to provide top-notch advice, professional maintenance services, and installation of high-quality marble countertops. Contact us today to keep your marble countertops looking magnificent for years to come. At Alps Craftsman, we’re here to help you make the most of your investment with our dedicated support and expert craftsmanship. Call us — let’s bring the beauty of marble into your home with elegance and expertise.

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