Marble worktops are one of the most highly sought after amenities in a kitchen or bathroom. This versatile natural stone looks glamorous, and the array of colours and textures available means there’s a slab of marble for everyone’s tastes. Marble is a tough, durable stone but in a busy area of the house, such as the kitchen or bathroom, accidents can happen so it’s important to maintain your marble to keep it looking better, for longer.
Marble often comes with the misconception that maintenance is extensive, but the good news is this isn’t the case. At Surrey Marble and Granite, we have over 20 years of experience working with Marble and have learnt a few tips along the way, so our experts are here to help you understand the best ways to clean and maintain Marble in just a few easy steps.
How to avoid stains on Marble worktops
Stains on Marble can be really frustrating, particularly if you’ve opted for a sleek white Marble design, but can be resolved easily if you act quickly. Follow are regime for how to avoid stains on Marble worktops:
- As soon as you see a spillage on your worktop, dab it up with a soft wet cloth, being careful not to spread it around.
- Continue to dab at the spill and rinse the cloth until the area is completely clean
- Dry the area with a soft cloth.
What should I use to clean Marble Worktops?
Harsh cleaners containing alcohol can cause permanent damage to the surface of the marble. Instead, we would recommend mixing some gentle dishwashing soap with water in a spray bottle for an easy, cheap cleaner.
How to remove stains from Marble worktops
If you are struggling with an existing stain, we would recommend the below solution for light coloured Marble only.
Mix together 12% hydrogen peroxide with a few drops of ammonia and apply to the area with a cloth. Leave to act for a few seconds before rubbing it away with a damp, soft cloth. Thoroughly dry the area after use, as water left on marble can be damaging. If you are struggling to remove the stain, we would highly recommend contacting a professional Marble cleaner who will be able to clean your surface without damaging it.
What poses a staining risk to Marble?
- Tea and coffee
- Cooking oil
- Harsh household cleaners
Of course, these items are commonplace in the kitchen but by investing in a few items to protect your worktop, you can keep it looking new.
- Always use coasters for drinks to avoid the dreaded ring stains and act quickly to mop up any spillage.
- Never be tempted to chop directly onto the surface as this could cause damage to the worktop. Instead, invest in some bamboo chopping boards which will look stylish against the Marble.
- Trivets and placemats are ideal to lay hot pans and plates on, avoiding direct contact with your Marble Worktop.
By creating a habit of using these aids, you’ll protect your worktop and ensure it has a longer life.
Sealing your Marble
Similar to other stones such as Granite, Marble Worktops will need sealing every 3-6 months to protect them from staining and keep them looking new. If you are trying to get rid of a stain, we would recommend doing this before sealing as otherwise the mark will be locked in.
In order to find out if your Marble needs resealing, there is a simple test you can do. Sprinkle a few drops of water on the clean, dry Marble and see if it darkens after 10-15 minutes, if it does, it’s time to reseal.
Water-based impregnating sealers are typically recommended for your Marble, as they stop liquids and gases penetrating the Marble surface and causing any damage. If you need help or advice when sealing your Marble, we would highly recommend contacting your supplier who can give you the most accurate advice. Our experts at SMG will be able to advise you on caring for your Marble worktop.
Experienced Marble Experts
Marble is certainly one of the most sought after stones for a worktop, and for good reason, this beautiful, durable stone brings a touch of sophistication to any room. If you are looking to repair your current worktop or install a new Marble worktop, our team have 20+ years of experience working with a range of stones.
As well as Marble, we specialise in Quartz worktops, Granite worktops, and Marble effect worktops for your home. You can trust our team to deliver a friendly, efficient and impressive service that will completely transform your room. Our showroom is currently open by appointment only, whereby you can see some of our work, speak to our experts and take home some samples.
Get in touch today for further information on our luxury renovations.