Are you looking to remodel your countertops? No matter which countertop you choose, there are things to watch out for. Almost every single material you can choose, including natural marble, comes with pros and cons and things you need to be proactive about in order to prevent wear and tear. This is especially true if you choose a cheaper material like a laminate.
Natural marble is a beautiful stone, and it is very popular in many homes and businesses. People love marble because it gives off a luxurious feel. It looks expensive and sleek, and just like any other natural stone, it is unique; no two slabs are the same. Though marble slab countertops are very popular, not everyone knows what to do to properly maintain their natural stone. Below we’ll give you tips on protecting your marble.
Ways to ensure your natural marble stays in tip top shape
There are several simple things you can do to keep your natural marble looking brand new every day. Use doormats to avoid mud and snow drying on the floor, as that will cause damage and leave marks. Encourage your guests to take off their shoes before walking on the floor. Avoid using acidic cleaners, such as vinegar and lemon juice, as they are capable of lifting the sealer and etching the surface. Clean up spills immediately. Also, make sure your chairs have protective felt pads on them to avoid scratching the floor. You can also kid proof your countertops.
One of the most common issues that people have with their marble countertops is that they can stain. Marble is a porous material, which means that it can absorb anything that is spilled on it. If this is something with a lot of color, like wine, it could stain your marble countertops. This is important to remember if you are going to be using your marble in the kitchen and are an active cook or spend a lot of time within that space.
The best way to avoid staining of your marble slab countertops is to be sure that it is well sealed when it is installed. After that, be sure that you keep up on regular sealing to try to avoid as much staining as possible. If it does get stained, a good tip is to dip a cloth into a few drops of ammonia and half a cup of hydrogen peroxide. Then wipe the stain until the mark is gone.
Protection from etching
Though many people choose to use marble in their kitchen space, it can be a delicate natural stone. If you are considering it for the kitchen, you want to be sure that you are very careful when using sharp objects like knives and always use a cutting board. Because marble isn’t quite as strong as other natural stones, it is more susceptible to being scratched.
This means that knives or other sharp kitchen objects can easily create marks on your marble slab countertops. Using a finish other than polished is a great way to keep your marble in pristine condition because this type of finish will hide any scratches. You will also want to ensure your natural stone fabricator reinforces the edges of your marble countertops to be sure that you do not chip them with pots or pans.
How to incorporate marble
If you are using marble for your kitchen, consider what type of finish you will use. A honed finish is a better option than polished because it will hide any scratches due to the fact that it is already etched. If you want to use marble in your home, but don’t want to worry about keeping up on maintenance, using it as a bathroom countertop is a great option instead. You can also use some marble features like a coffee table or shelving.
If you have any questions about marble or other natural stones, give GMS Werks a call today! We can answer any questions, suggest the perfect natural stone, and help you get started on your next project.