Marble countertops can add life and elegance to an otherwise dull space. They are not just incredibly visually appealing, but also ideal for kitchens, bathroom vanities, and fireplaces, and other areas.
They are fabricated from natural stones in various patterns, hues, and shades and can become the center of attraction no matter where you install them. However, to maintain their visual appeal and shine like new, it’s essential to ensure adequate cleanliness and upkeep.
Here’s everything you need to remember about marble top cleanliness and upkeep.
DIY Hacks Are a BIG No
Though marble has no parallel when it comes to its beauty, it’s still a porous natural stone, which is prone to chipping, staining, and scarring if abrasive and acidic solutions are used for its cleaning.
Since the coronavirus emerged, homeowners are more concerned about the hygiene and cleanliness levels in their kitchens, bathrooms, and other spaces to prevent the growth of viruses and bacteria. Despite the good intentions, their DIY hacks can cause more harm than good to their marble countertops and bathroom vanity tops.
Commonly used household cleaning products like vinegar, baking soda, and bleach can damage your beautiful marble beyond repair. These compounds may be useful in disinfecting surfaces, but they are bad news for your countertop’s life, look, and luster.
Effective Way of Cleaning Marble Countertops
The best cleaning solution for these gorgeous natural stones is also the most straightforward. Just create a mixture of your regular hand wash or mild dish cleaner and warm water and fill it in a spray bottle to prepare your cleaning arsenal. This solution won’t just be easy on your marble countertops but also on the environment and your home’s indoor air quality.
Anti-bacterial dish detergents and hand soap are an excellent alternative to abrasive chemicals for disinfecting your marble surfaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also add rubbing alcohol or isopropyl to the soap and water solution for optimum protection against bacteria and viruses. Rubbing alcohol won’t cause any stains or scratches on your marble countertops.
Regular Disinfection During COVID-19
It’s recommended to clean and disinfect your countertops at least once every day, even if they appear visibly spotless and clean. If you spill juice, soda, oil, or artificial coloring onto your countertop, wipe it off using a micro-fiber cloth as soon as possible to prevent permanent stains. Here are the steps you should take to for the regular cleaning of your marble surfaces.
- Before applying the solution, wipe the countertop with a soft, dry, and clean microfiber cloth to remove any food remains and other debris.
- Spray the water and soap solution on all your counters and allow it to sit for a minute or two.
- Wipe off the solution with a soft damp cloth. Rinse the fabric to remove the soap and wipe the counters again to clean the soap residue. Now blot the surfaces using a dry towel to remove all moisture.
If your marble countertops still look old and dull after cleaning every day, get in touch with G.M. Marble for a professional resurfacing and repair service, including repairing all chips and cracks, buffing, and re-polishing, and sealing countertops to prevent future damage. They are also well-reputed for their marble slab installation and marble fabrication services in the Bay Area.
It’s best if you schedule a meeting before visiting their showroom. Contact them here.