How to Maintain Marble Countertops

Gary and Michelle got a Café Forest marble countertop for their kitchen and were celebrating until last week when it got the first orange stain. After trying all means to remove the stain, they are wondering if they have taken the right decision to buy a marble countertop. “I never thought stains on marbles could be so persistent. They just would not go away!” says Gary.

A kitchen is not just a place where you cook, but also a world where you realize the pleasures of fine living. You beautify it with the best materials available and turn it to an awesome place. But stains on your kitchen countertops can leave you high and dry unable to figure out ways to phase out of the situation.

So how do you bring back stained or scarred marble countertops to their original condition?

Luxurious investments

Marbles are the natural stones originated in lava. A well-cut polished marble or any natural stone used as countertop, backsplash, or flooring surface is a luxury as well as a long-term investment for your home. But scars or scratches can dull the natural stone countertop surfaces leaving you frustrated, just the way Gary felt.

You will find many varieties of natural stone countertops in Georgian stores, but getting the right one for your home and maintaining it properly is a key for a beautiful kitchen. Generally you may experience problems such as scratches and stains on marble or natural stone surfaces. Here are some ways to resolve those issues without much effort.

Scratches

Countertops face to constant wear and tear situations in the kitchen. Sometimes you might use them as boards to cut vegetables or to keep hot pots.

Sealing: Be careful with sharp or heavy objects as they can scar marble surfaces. Use sealers to fill the scratched surface and to protect it from future scratches or stains.

Mild scratches: Dirt materials can scour marble surfaces. Remove dirt and stains from marble surfaces by softly wiping them with damp cloth in a circular motion. Excessive pressure and scrubbing movements can scratch the surface instead of removing the dirt. If the dirt is deeper, use mild soap and soft cloth to clean the surface.

Dish wash soap: Washing marble surfaces with dish wash soaps eliminates the scarred areas. It is because these soaps have fine abrasive elements which finely polish marble surfaces.

Gel Gloss: Gel gloss protects marble surfaces by removing scum and watermarks and leaving behind carnauba wax that acts as protective layer for the countertop.

Sand paper: Deeper scars on marble countertop surfaces can look ugly and may tempt you to try sand papers. But beware, only a fine-grained sandpaper can remove the scars, others will just hamper your efforts.

Stains

Kitchen is a place where you get messy preparing vegetables and fruit juices. In kitchen both you and your countertop are exposed to stains. Removing stains from countertops is tricky.

Baking soda poultice: You can remove stains due to acidic fruits such as oranges by applying baking soda poultice on the affected marble surface for 24 hours and washing it away.

Hydrogen peroxide poultice: Organic stains are vulnerable to hydrogen peroxide. Apply hydrogen peroxide poultice on the stained marble countertop surface for 24 hours and wash it away. If the stain does not vanish completely repeat the same procedure. As hydrogen peroxide can lighten the marble surface, it is suitable for light-colored marbles.

Corn starch poultice: You can get rid of oil or grease stains from marble surfaces by applying cornstarch pack. Before applying the corn starch poultice make sure to remove excess oil or grease from the surface using soft absorbent paper.



Source by Amaraneni Bharadwaj

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