Cleaning a counter

As Sarah Schreiber of housebeautiful.com says, “Search Marble countertops on Pinterest and scroll through — it’s hard not to pin every single image, right?”

Cleaning and Maintenance:

Here’s a fantastic breakdown on how to clean Marble countertops from diynetwork.com

Don’t use vinegar, window cleaner or bleach on Marble. A single use of these acidic substances will eat into a marble countertop’s surface and dull the stone. Don’t use abrasive cleaner or pads, either, because marble can be scratched.

A secret in knowing how to clean marble countertops: You don’t need specialty cleaners for marble. Mild soap and hot water will do just fine. Wipe sudsy water on the counter with a soft cloth or sponge. This will remove dirt but won’t heal any etching or stains.

You can give your marble a little protection from stains and etching by using a 3 in 1 formula that cleans, protects and polishes.

Additionally to the spray a sealer needs to be regularly applied.

The scheduling of this procedure is dependent on different factors from the marble itself and usage. Consult with your trusted dealer.

You’re still going to have to wipe up spills immediately to avoid damage, but the sealant will give you a little more time to mop before the staining starts.

Add paragraph stain removal, accidents happen, contact your fabricator or trusted dealer. They have access to professional stain removal products. We do not encourage people to work without a discussion with us.

 

What is “etching”?

Here is a great answer from Holly Mathis Interiors:

It’s just a colorless looking watermark. Often wiping down with a warm cloth they go away. I think it’s important to dry them as well if possible. Water spots might wipe away but acidic things like lemons or pickles or tomatoes can etch more permanently.

If accidents happen, contact your fabricator or trusted dealer. They have access to professional stain removal products. We do not encourage people to work without a discussion with us.

Discolouration of counter

You can prevent etching by sealing your Marble countertops as stated before but the best method is ensuring you do not put any potential problem items directly on your countertop. Using coasters, cutting boards and being quick to wipe up spills is your best bet.

There is a strong possibility you will get etching on Marble. If you are a type “A” personality then potentially rethink your choice of Marble If you are more of a “stuff happens” type of person Marble may just be for you.

The bottom line is never try and “fix” a problem yourself talk to your trusted fabricator. After all, would you try and do your own bodywork on your Mercedes.

Marble demands a commitment from you to protect and maintain it religiously. In return, you get a heritage quality countertop your friends will envy and you will love.


Tips for choosing Marble

  1. Honed vs Polished finish: Honed Marble is marble that has not gone through the polishing process. This results in the stone having a matte appearance, rather than the distinctive shine of polished Marble. Many homeowners choose honed Marble because of its natural look. A honed Marble countertop will not be as reflective as one that is polished advises Marble.com. One note, a honed surface will scratch easier than a polished one.
  2. White is best for hiding acid etchings that usually leave a whiteish mark says Architectualdigest.com
  3. Take veining patterns into account.
  4. If you see something you like make sure it is still available by checking with your fabricator.
  5. Finally find out where your Marble is coming from. There are cheap alternatives to higher quality stone coming out of China for example. Stonewrights does not work with any Marble imported from China. There can be good and bad quality Marble coming from any country. So don’t just buy because it is from Italy for example.

Make sure you see your marble slab in person and verify its quality and deal with trusted countertop companies that have stood the test of time.


How we spot quality Marble

  • We use trusted suppliers that guarantee quality.
  • We do a quality check on every piece of marble delivered.
  • No marble is recommended to our clients that is not 100% quality checked by us.

It is always your Choice

The final decision is up to you. There are pros and cons for every type of countertop. The secret is a quality product, milled by incredibly passionate artisans and installed with old-world attention to detail.

Expert guidance is available from Martina and Karl to help in your countertop journey.

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