Thursday, July 16, 2015
We love marble. And many of our clients do as well! The one thing they don't love, or are apprehensive about is the staining and care that comes with marble.
Recently Houzz ran a series about how to clean marble. We took away several important tips and wanted to share them with you!
Luckily, according to marble experts, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and caring for the classic beauty of a marble surface may be easier than you think.
Here’s how to clean marble countertops.
Etching on a marble surface happens when something like lemon juice, alcohol or tomato sauce is splashed, dripped or spilled onto it. If it is not wiped up right away, the acid reacts and eats away at the calcium carbonate in the stone, creating permanent markings that look like dull, slightly darker spots or rings on the marble.
Sealer is a great option!
To reduce stains and etching, experts recommends applying a spray sealant at least once a month. “Sealers are like buying time,” they say. “What it is doing is sealing the top of the marble so things won’t penetrate quickly.
How to Get the Stains Out!
Oil-based stains (grease, cooking oil, cosmetics): Clean gently with a soft liquid cleanser, household detergent, ammonia or mineral spirits.
Water spots and rings: Buff with dry #0000 steel wool.
Acidic substances like milk, fruit, juice and alcohol will sometimes cause both etching and staining — a double whammy.
One Last Tip
Live it up, embrace the beauty and enjoy your marble!
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