Marble is one of those materials that gets plenty of attention. And for good reason – marble surfaces are sleek and look fantastic in a kitchen or bathroom. They bring a touch of elegance and character to a space, and are a wonderful surface to cook or bake on.
Despite its obvious beauty, there are a lot of horror stories out there about round rings on kitchen countertops left by countless glasses and spilled plates of spaghetti that send homeowners running. The first few water spots and scratches may be startling and even traumatizing, but after they’ve grown in number, they become a part of the veined pattern. Some homeowners even begin to enjoy the “lived-in” look of worn marble.
SEALING MARBLE COUNTERTOPS
Think of a sealer as a magical little potion that repels spilled water, oil or other liquids. Sealing the top of the your countertops buys time when accidents occur, so that spills can be wiped up without the liquid penetrating and damaging the surface. Neglecting this step could result in stains and/or etching.
The first application will be applied by your fabricator upon installation, but it’s important to apply a sealer annually. The good news is that sealing is fairly simple and doesn’t take much time. Most often it’s just a matter of wiping the sealer on, letting it soak in, and then wiping off the excess.
Mustard, citrus, tomato sauce – you name it and it could potentially be damaging to your surface. While a protective sealer will keep your countertops safe from immediate staining, it’s important to stay alert while in the kitchen. The rule of thumb is to not let spills sit on the stone for too long. Use coasters and cutting boards, and be sure to wipe up spilled sauces, spices and salad dressings as soon as you notice them.
Your best bet in preventing etching and stains is to simply wipe down the countertop daily. Avoid common cleaners and abrasives, for these will break down the sealer. A spray bottle with soapy water and a soft damp cloth will do the trick.