Cleaning, maintenance, and repair of marble worktops
Part of the price of having great marble countertops is the above-average care they need. When you take care of it, your marble countertops will give you lasting pleasure as long as you are at home.
Your marble countertops must arrive freshly sealed from the factory or the contractor must seal them as part of the installation. They should be closed regularly, once a year. Discuss with the installer the frequency required to close them.
Sealing marble countertops can be a do-it-yourself job when using quality products from top manufacturers. Most are exceptionally easy to use and you will find a “wet look” marble in a matter of hours. Of course, a professional counter can also be hired for closing the marble.
Cleaning marble countertops is the daily step to making them look new. Immediately wipe up spills with a clean, damp cloth. Use a cleaner formulated for use on natural stone for best results. It does not contain harsh chemicals that can damage the sealant or engrave the marble.
When the marble countertops look faded, polishing them before closing them will restore your luster. It’s easier than you think with the right products. There are several DIY marble polishes available that can be used with a hand tool such as a low-speed polisher. All ingredients are included for the job and great results are easy to achieve.
Chipped marble is a possibility, especially when a heavy object falls to the surface or edge. As with marble polishing, several do-it-yourself kits are available for repairing marble chips. They contain the same materials and tools used by professionals, as well as comprehensive marble chip repair instructions that a professional would be proud of. The dye pigment can be mixed with epoxy to repair chips to perfectly match countertops.