Marble countertops are an amazing investment for your home. They have an original beauty that can't be replaced; after all, every single slab of genuine marble is one of a kind. Its natural coloring and patterns, such as veins and speckles, occur due to its exact mineral content and the location where it was found. Overall, nothing adds a sense of originality and luxury to a home like marble does. It's no wonder that it's been prized for millennia all over the world. It's also no wonder why there's still a huge demand for marble slabs and marble countertops tiles in Norcross.
But if marble has one drawback, it's the fact that it needs a little TLC. But like your best garments and rugs, marble deserves the time and attention to maintain its spectacular beauty. What can you do to make sure your marble doesn't develop stains, scratches, nicks, etching, or any other flaws? Just follow these easy maintenance tips and your marble surfaces will look good as new as long as you occupy your home.
Kitchens are for cooking, and your marble countertops are there to help you get the job done. But marble surfaces aren't all-purpose. You'll need to use trivets, cutting boards, and potholders to protect them. Marble can't handle the blunt force from sharp knives, so never cut directly on your surface. If you're taking a hot pan off your stove or out of your oven, never place it directly on marble. Marble can withstand heat without melting or breaking, but its color may warp or fade. Always use protective trivets and/or potholders. Err on the side of caution if you're worried an object may be too hot for your marble countertops.
Once you've prepared food, clean up as soon as possible. Don't let spills or food residue settle on marble. Use a mild soap and a soft microfiber cloth to clean, rinse, and dry the surface. Never scrub marble.
No matter what a certain ice cream chain tends to do with their marble slabs, you shouldn't set foods down directly on a marble surface. The acids found in many foods—either in solid or liquid form—can disintegrate the protective finish on your marble and actually change the chemical structure of the stone underneath. Every marble surface should be installed with a seal that provides a tight, nonporous layer between the stone and anything you set on it. Expose this seal to acids and you'll be left with etching, white and chalky stains as a result of acid exposure.
Unless you're a chemist, it can be tough to keep track of which foods and beverages are acidic enough to harm your marble countertops. Always use platters and other serving dishes rather than placing food directly onto a surface. Marble is one of the most valuable countertops materials, so protect it at all costs.
Speaking of protection, there's one way to ensure your marble surface stays spotless for as long as possible: reseal it. This is one of the most effective maintenance tasks that countertop specialists recommend. The nonporous seal on marble prevents stains and enhances the stone's natural beauty. A countertops installer can revisit your home to repair the seal on marble and even spot treat stains with products like poultice paste. Depending on the type of surface and how often you use it, you may have to reseal about once a year.
That's all it takes to keep marble looking its best. If you're interested in brand-new marble countertops for your home, call Atlantis Granite & Marble. Contact us to get an estimate for marble countertops installation cost in Norcross.