At Granite Unlimited, Inc., we talk to a lot of people who love the idea of marble countertops for their St. Paul home, but who don’t think they have the time or the energy needed to keep them looking in top shape.
A lot of the misunderstanding about the maintenance requirements of marble comes from old marble that was installed before the types of sealants that are used today were on the market. With the sealants, we use at Granite Unlimited, Inc.; there is actually very little maintenance for either our marble or granite countertops. In fact, it is often much less than for tile or wood countertops that have considerable maintenance requirements.
The Importance Of Sealant
We will seal the marble countertops we install in your St. Paul home. This sealant prevents liquids and spills that get on the countertops from sinking into the tiny natural pores in the stone and creating stains or etching the surface.
The sealant will, over a period of two or more years, gradually wear from the surface. We can apply another coat, or it is a simple process that many people choose to do on their own.
Wipe Up Spills
Using any type of abrasive or harsh cleaning products or scrubbing types of sponges or cleaning materials will dull the surface look of your marble countertops. There are specific natural stone cleaners with neutral pH levels that can be used to clean and disinfect the surface as needed.
By immediately wiping up any spills with warm water and a microfiber cloth, the need for more than a daily wipe down of the counter is typically eliminated. Without grout and with the sealant in place, these are very low maintenance countertops that are not only beautiful but also very practical for your home.
To find out more or to discuss a home renovation or custom home building project with natural stone counters, call us today at 952-469-5242.