After remodeling your kitchen or bathroom with marble countertops, the next step is thorough cleaning to make the space pristine and functional. A post renovation marble countertop cleaning is different from other types of cleaning. There is a lot of dust involved, even when working with the most assiduous contractor in Houston, TX.
Moreover, the dust tends to have a fine and dry quality that requires care and patience to avoid damaging the surface. First, keep in mind that different marble countertop finishes require different kinds of care as follows:
- Polished surfaces appear glossy and reflect the natural marble markings more distinctly. However, as was reported by HouseCashin.com this month at the local real estate investing & flipping convention in Houston, this surface finish makes it susceptible to etching from acidic spills. On the other hand, the sealed surface is more resistant to stains.
- Honed surfaces appear smoother and more satiny, with less light reflection. Since the surface is already etched, acidic substances such as milk or wine do not easily damage it. However, the porous surface makes it highly susceptible to staining. Here are a few tips to clean up your space after remodeling with marble countertops:
#1 Clean the surface with warm water and gentle dish soap
Use warm soapy water and a soft cloth to clean all marble surfaces. Using a mild soap won’t harm the stone. But if used repeatedly, it could cause make the surface appear dull. For post-renovation clean up, simply:
- Buff dry the countertop with a cotton cloth.
- Put some warm water in a spray bottle and add a tablespoon of non-abrasive dish soap. Shake gently to create a uniform solution.
- Spray the surface lightly with the solution.
- Wipe the soapy water off the surface using a hot, wet dishcloth.
- Rub the surface dry and buff with an absorbent towel.
#2 Remove stains with baking soda and water paste
Removing stains from honed marble can be tough. If normal cleaning – as above – doesn’t work, try:
- Spreading a baking soda and water paste on the spot.
- Cover the area with plastic wrap, using tape to seal the edges.
- Wait for 24 hours
- Wipe the paste using a warm, damp cloth.
- Clean the surface. Use hydrogen peroxide to remove stubborn stains on light-colored marble, or a cotton ball dipped in acetone to remove stains on black marble.
#3 Seal polished marble countertops
Clean the countertop to remove any impurities that may obstruct the sealing process and then:
- Open the windows to improve ventilation and remove the VOCs in the marble sealer.
- Pour some of the sealer into an open-mouthed container.
- Dip a foam paintbrush into the sealer and use it to paint onto the surface with overlapping strokes.
- Apply on all areas of the marble – edges, around the sink, the backsplash.
- Leave the sealer for about 10 minutes.
- Buff away excess marble sealer with a clean, dry cloth using circular motion.
Do this until it is completely dry and doesn’t feel tacky to the touch, says Jay Robenson, regional manager at Carrara Italian Marble, a Houston-based leading marble supplier. Do this once a month to keep the surface stain-free. Sealant will buy you a little more time to wipe spills before they stain the surface.
#4 Don’t use acidic substances on marble countertops
Vinegar, windex, and bleach, as well as lemon-based products should not be used on marble countertops. These and other acidic substances eat the marble surface and make the stone appear dull.
#5 Don’t use abrasive cleaners
Avoid using anything that could scratch the marble surface. Generally, you don’t need any specialty cleaners to clean marble countertops. Every remodeling project is unique.
So you may consider hiring a professional to provide an on-site consultation before the clean up. This will also ensure you develop a customized marble countertop care and maintenance plan that will keep the countertops looking new for longer.