Marble is a beautiful natural stone that can transform your humble kitchen into a luxurious space where you would love to entertain your guests. However, with hosting comes food and drink. If you have marble countertops, then you already know that marble is a porous material that does not play well with food and drink. So, being a leading provider of marble worktops in London, let us share with you here certain do’s and don’ts of using a marble worktop so that you can preserve its elegant look forever.
What to do?
- Be careful with acidic foods and beverages.
Marble is a very delicate stone, much more so than granite. Food and beverages such as coffee, wine, fruit juices, and ketchup are very acidic and can attack or dull the surface of marble and cause staining. Detergents can also discolour the surface. Be sure to wipe up anything spilt on the marble immediately to prevent damage.
- Use a soft cloth or sponge to clean the marble surface.
The only cleaners recommended for marble are hot water or a special stone cleaner meant for marbles. The stone can be wiped with a chamois or soft cotton cloth. A mild soap can also be used. It will not damage the marble surface, but due to the regular use of soapy water, a dull film may form on the surface, similar to the soap scum found in the bathtub.
What not to do?
- Do not use harsh cleaning products not specifically formulated for marble worktops.
The cleaners from local stores are likely to contain chemicals such as acids and alkalis that will damage the marble worktop or wear away the sealant, causing the former to stain or corrode.
- Do not use vinegar, ammonia, or citrus fruits like lemon or orange to clean the countertops. A soft cloth with hot water is enough for daily cleaning.
- Avoid placing toiletries, such as hair care products, perfume, toothpaste, nail care products, etc., on marble surfaces, as they can corrode the surface. Keep these products in a decorative tray if you want to leave them on display.
We hope now that you know some of the do’s and don’ts of marble worktops, you can make your decision a little easier. If you want to see marble or any other material, such as granite worktops in London, for your house, visit us at Marble & Granite and check out our showroom for your natural stone needs!