Marble benchtops are one of the most sought after kitchen surfaces on the market. It remains a timeless and classic addition to any kitchen. However, because marble is a relatively soft natural stone, at least compared to surfaces like granite, it is somewhat sensitive and prone to damage.
Its surface is soft and porous, meaning that extra care needs to be taken to maintain its integrity and prevent staining and scratching. To help you keep your marble benchtops in pristine condition and protect them from any damage, we’ve compiled this guide on how to properly care for them.
The first thing you need to do after installing marble countertops is to have them sealed. The sealant will penetrate the marble and sit below its surface. This will protect it from staining and permanent discolouration from liquids like wine or sauce.
Certain types of marble won’t need sealing, so make sure to check with the manufacturer what type of protection your benchtops will need. Most experts suggest that they will have to be resealed every 3 to 6 months, in order to provide you with the best results possible.
Use large cutting boards or plastic sheets
Unfortunately, sealants won’t do much to protect marble benchtops from etching as a result of acidic foods like lemons and tomatoes. If they come in contact with marble, they can dull the surface of the stone and leave permanent marks.
To prevent this from happening, you should always use either a large chopping board rather than preparing food directly on the marble surface. This way, you can create a protective barrier between your benchtop and any foods or liquids that may damage it.
If your marble does show some signs of etching, one solution you can try is to apply a paste made from baking soda and water. Apply the mixture to the etched area and leave it for up to 24 hours, and then gently remove it. In many cases it may help brighten the surface and have it looking shiny and polished again.
Use placemats and coasters when serving
While marble is generally pretty heat resistant, you should always use a trivet, placemats or coasters when serving hot food from your marble benchtops. You should always avoid placing a burning hot utensil on your marble, to prevent it from potentially discolouring or burning the surface.
Clean with a mild dish soap
Standard kitchen products can burn and discolour marble, so stick with a mild dish soap solution. Many of them contain ingredients such as vinegar, bleach and citrus fruits, which will do more harm than good to your marble benchtops. Always clean any spills immediately to prevent staining and don’t leave water on the surface as this can cause discolouration as well.
After cleaning away and spills, spread talcum powder or cornflour on the affected area to help draw the stain out and successfully prevent any stains.
Marble is a beautiful, strong surface that’s always in style. While it may require a bit of extra work when compared to other alternatives, marble is well worth the care it demands and can make any kitchen look glamorous and appealing.