You just had new marble countertops installed or purchased a home with new countertops and you aren't really sure how to take care of them and clean them.
Marble is a very delicate countertop material and if you use the wrong product to clean your marble countertops you could find yourself regretting your decision.
Thankfully you have started your research and found this article. In this article, I am going to give you everything that you need and teach you how to clean marble countertops the proper way which will avoid issues over time.
Cleaning your marble countertops is an absolute must but there are things you should know to avoid and best practices when it comes to cleaning marble countertops.
Things to avoid:
Abrasive cleaning materials like rough sponges or wire cloths can scratch the surface of your marble countertop. This will cause a dull area and etch the surface beyond repair.
Chemicals should never be used on any countertop unless they are food safe however a lot of chemicals should stay away from marble countertops because they can break down the surface and etch the finish of your marble countertop causing dull spots all over.
Vinegar is an acid and you should never use acid or any other acidic cleaners or degreasers on your marble countertops. This too will etch the finish of your countertops causing dull spots.
Windex has harmful chemicals and should never be used on any countertop surface. The only safe surface is really a quartz countertop but even then do you really want to use Windex on a surface used to prepare food? I don't think so.
Bleach is especially bad for marble countertops. It will eat the surface and etch the finish. It is harmful to your own health and should never be used where food is prepared.
Lemon juice or any acidic liquids will etch the finish and cause dull spots on your marble countertops. Avoid lemon juice and if you are using lemons to prepare a meal it is wise to pay close attention to any squirts and clean up with warm water immediately.
Now that you know what to avoid when cleaning your marble countertops let's dig into what is best to clean your marble countertops.
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Granite Gold is a great product and brand. They have a number of products that are great for marble countertops as well as granite and quartz.
Recently I was sent their entire lineup of products and have had a chance to use them on various materials and they have my vote of confidence.
Step 1: Wipe down your countertops with a clean dry microfiber cloth.
Step 2: Using Granite Gold Daily Cleaner, spray your countertops as evenly as possible and wipe your marble countertops dry using a clean microfiber or lint-free cloth.
Step 3: Use Weiman Disinfectant Wipes to clean your countertop surface often to keep your marble countertops bacteria free.
Please note that I recommend disinfecting your countertops either before or after cleaning them. The disinfectant wipes are especially great for disinfecting throughout the day.
The process is super simple and takes just a few minutes to complete.
Be sure to seal your marble countertops as often as necessary. I personally recommend every 6 months with marble but you can seal them every year.
Here is a link to the CDC's recommendation on disinfecting surfaces: Click here.
I know marble is super nice to have in a kitchen and if you decide you want this stone in your kitchen then you should know and understand that you will have to be very good at keeping it clean and dry.
If water is left on the surface of your marble countertop then it could cause water spots.
Also, when selecting your marble countertop slabs for your kitchen be sure to look at the slabs in the light before you even purchase. Acid rain can cause the surface to be etched and have dull spots and streaks. You may have to look from an angle to see any markings but use your phone light to see better.
Also, it is best to choose a marble countertop fabricator that stores delicate stones like this indoors. If it is stored outside then it is almost a guarantee to have these etch streaks from acid rain. I will update this article with a photo showing the effects of acid rain on marble as soon as I can.
No, you should never use Clorox wipes on your marble countertops. This will etch the finish due to the chemicals used to make these wipes. Instead, use Granite Gold Disinfecting Wipes.
It is best to avoid any cleaner that is not made specifically for marble countertops. If you are in a pinch then Dawn dish soap without bleach or extras should be safe however it is best to be prepared. Use products that are specifically made for marble countertops.
I have seen so many people live to regret purchasing their marble countertops but all of this could have been avoided if they were strict about taking care of them. Learning how to clean your marble countertops the proper way is imperative to avoid costly mistakes that could ruin your marble.