4 Top Tips To Look After Marble Worktops
Let’s set the scene.
After visiting a number of showrooms and weighing up the right materials to use, you’ve finally decided to bite the bullet and install a new kitchen at your property.
Looking to achieve a more luxurious style, you opt to fit a bespoke marble worktop – a source of natural beauty that will transform your kitchen into the centrepiece of your home and add value to your property.
However, after the new kitchen has been fitted, you start to wonder how to keep it looking in tip-top condition. The marble is beautifully glossy, after all, so you’d hate for it to get damaged without knowing how to maintain it over the long-term. So, what can you do?
Well, that’s where we can help.
Here at Chandler Stoneworks, we understand all too well how important it is to look after your worktop surfaces, keeping them clean and free from any scratches, burns or other forms of damage.
So, with this in mind, join us as we run through some of the most effective methods you can use to look after your marble worktops, ensuring they stay in fantastic condition for years and years to come.
1 – Wipe Them Down Regularly
When entertaining guests, it can be all too easy for spills, grease and other types of dirt to accumulate on a worktop surface.
When left for too long, these small spills can then stain and turn into a much more difficult issue to resolve. Therefore, it’s important to wipe your marble worktops down on a regular basis, helping preserve them and protect them from any lasting damage.
However, you can’t just use any old cloth to do this. Due to the delicate surface that marble has, you should avoid using tough scouring pads or any cleaning issues that contain silicon carbide, as these could cause scratches.
2 – Use Safe Cleaning Products
While on the topic of using the right cleaning products, it’s generally recommended to only use cleaners that are specifically designed for use on natural stone worktops.
This is because natural stone compounds can react unpredictably to regular cleaners, leading to potential damage without checking their suitability in advance. What’s more, you should never use any cleaning products that contain vinegar, bleach or lemon juice in them, as these products can severely damage the surface of marble worktops.
When you have identified the right cleaning product to use, allow the solution to settle into the marble before wiping it away. That way, it will be able to get out any stains or debris on the marble a lot more easily.
3 – Invest In Trivets & Chopping Boards
One of the most obvious ways to protect the look of your marble worktops comes through investing in a few trivets – stands that are often made from wood or metal with short feet for use under a cooking pot or kettle.
Using these on a regular basis in the kitchen will help prevent any accidental burn marks being left on the marble worktop, while investing in a variety of wooden chopping boards will protect the work surface from cuts and scratches.
Plus, chopping boards will contain all the food within their surface area, helping keep any food you’re preparing from spilling onto the marble surface and unintentionally staining it.
4 – Polish & Seal Your Countertops
Even if the worse happens and you start to see scratches or etched rings appearing on your marble worktop, don’t worry. By purchasing a specific polish for your countertop, this will not only treat the damaged area, but it will also brighten up the stone surface and get it sparkling again in no time.
Going one step further, applying sealant on a regular basis is an important way to ensure your marble surface maintains its appearance – especially if you have a honed worktop.
This, in turn, will provide the tiny holes in the surface of the marble with a defensive barrier, helping prevent and get rid of stains more quickly and easily.
Having installed a wide variety of worktop surfaces around the South of England for the past two decades, our team here at Chandler Stoneworks are well-placed to answer any questions you might have regarding maintaining your marble worktop.
Therefore, please do not hesitate to contact us for further advice or assistance – our friendly team would be more than happy to help in any way we can.