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Purchasing and maintenance tips for a marble countertop

 

Purchasing and maintenance tips for a marble countertop


Known for its great elegance and refinement, marble is a material that quickly seduces anyone who sees it in a kitchen. It instantly enhances the cachet of this central piece of family life.

As with any material, marble has advantages, disadvantages and specific precautions for its preservation. Before opting for its undeniable charm, here is everything you need to know about marble countertops.

Marble in a nutshell

By way of introduction, it should be said that marble is a natural stone derived from limestone and belonging to the group of metamorphic rocks. Its formation results from the crystallization of calcareous sediments. Note that marble generally comes from Italy.

The advantages of a marble countertop

A brief glance at a marble countertop is enough to be seduced by its beauty and elegance. Available in a very wide range of colours, each piece of marble has the advantage of being unique due to the configuration of its veins. It should be mentioned that this differentiation is directly related to the type of minerals and earth contained in the soil where the marble was extracted. This variety is also reflected in the many finishes available, including a matte, glossy or aged finish, to name but a few.

Because of its highly variable appearance, marble is able to adapt to both classical and modern styles. Also, this material is known to be very heat resistant and has a long life span when properly cared for.

Finally, it seems that marble is a perfect material for cooks who will not be worried about its natural wear and tear over time. Indeed, marble is a sterile material, which means that it will not allow bacteria to reproduce on its surface.

Disadvantages of a marble countertop

First of all, it should be noted that marble is a porous material, which makes it sensitive to stains and acids such as coffee, vinegar, lemon and red wine. It is also not very resistant to scratches and will wear out over the years.

To partially offset the negative effects of its porosity, the marble countertop must be sealed at least once a year, with some experts even recommending applying a sealer every six months. However, even the application of this protection will not make the marble perfectly impermeable to acidic substances that could be poured on its surface. In this regard, it is recommended to use a non-toxic sealer.

As the following section shows, we must also stress the fact that marble is definitely not a material suitable for all budgets.

How much does a marble countertop cost?

Since marble is a luxurious and rather rare material, it will require a considerable financial investment. On average, marble will cost between $40 and $200 per square foot, including installation. Note that this price also applies to white marble, which is a very fashionable and sought-after material.

Precautions to take for the maintenance of the marble countertop

In order to allow your countertop to get through the years with dignity while keeping its lustre and beauty, several precautions must be taken, the main ones being the following:

  •     Clean your countertop as frequently as possible by simply using a soft cloth wet with soapy water (with a non-aggressive soap) ;
  •     when cleaning more stubborn stains, rub with rotating movements;
  •     to remove stains on a dark surface, use acetone;
  •     to remove stains on a lighter surface, use hydrogen peroxide;
  •     always wipe the surface with a wet cloth, making sure not to leave water on the surface, as this could leave a mark on the marble;
  •     Avoid sliding objects on the countertop to move them around or put felt pens underneath them if they are decorations;
  •     Get into the habit of using placemats and coasters to avoid placing dishes directly on the marble surface;
  •     don’t cut your food directly on the counter;
  •     apply a non-toxic sealer once or twice a year;
  •     never use abrasive products to clean your countertop.

What can I do to remove scratches and stains from my marble?

For surface scratches, simply rub the designated area with a soft, slightly wet cloth. Is the scratch deeper? You can use very fine-grained sandpaper and then rub the area gently with it.

For stains, tips will vary greatly depending on the type of stain. For example, a valid tip for cleaning a round of water on marble will probably not be suitable for an acid stain. In addition, note that the colour of your stone will also influence the type of product that will be recommended to remedy the problem. For a light-coloured stone, hydrogen peroxide might be suggested, while acetone will be more suitable for cleaning on a dark-coloured marble.

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Is sanding necessary?

The need to sand your marble countertop is relative. While some people will say that after 10 years of wear and tear, the entire surface of the marble should be sanded, others will prefer to keep the countertop intact and will appreciate the patina naturally created by the wear and tear.

Pros  

  •     offers beauty and elegance
  •     available in a wide range of colours
  •     available in many finishes
  •     uniqueness of each piece
  •     Suitable for both modern and classic style
  •     sterile material (therefore prevents the growth of bacteria)

Cons

  •     porous (therefore sensitive to stains)
  •     not very scratch-resistant
  •     requires application of a sealant once or twice a year
  •     will never be completely waterproofed
  •     rather expensive

 

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