The Do's and Don'ts of Marble Countertop Restoration
There are countless types of countertops from tile to granite. We will be talking about marble countertops today because it is a very common countertop that gets damaged quite easily. Yes there are many different types of marble but they all have similar reactions when it comes to restoring them.
Don't you want to be able to set anything down on your counter without damaging it . Don't we all. This is understandable. You shouldn't have to worry about leaving a permanent ring on your counter from setting your child's orange juice cup down . This will actually leave a mark if there is orange juice on the bottom of the cup due to the high acid content in the OJ. We will let you know how to take preventive measures against this. But first we will start DON'TS .
First of all please DO NOT try and restore a marble counter by yourself as you will probably just make it worse causing more damage e.g. scratches , stains and etch marks. I know it is tempting because you watched some YouTube video and now you want to save a couple bucks doing a DIY. NO BUENO!! Marble is a much softer stone than granite making it susceptible to said damage. Here is a list of things not to do for you the home owner and the professional restorer.
Do not use any alkaline or acidic products to try and clean your marble counters. These cleaning agents are to aggressive for your stone and will most likely cause chemical burns if sprayed straight on or left sitting for to long.
Do not use your marble as a cutting board . Even a dull knife has the potential to scratch the surface depending on the softness of that particular marble.
Do not put ANY kind of wax or top coat sealant on trying to protect your marble as this will only take away from your stones natural beauty and be a pain in the you know what to strip off in the future once it starts to yellow and flake off.
Do not use your marble as a storage platform for your alcohol bottles . These will most likely leave rings on your stone if there is any reminisce of alcohol on the bottom of them. We see this all the time.
Do not sand down spots on your counter . This will cause grooves, dullness and unevenness on the surface. It is really hard to restore sanded areas even if it is a 1000 grit sandpaper. It can work sometimes if properly polished afterwards but it is not worth the gamble.
Do not use an over the counter sealer on them as it is not industrial grade and probably won't give you the protection that these porous counters need . Leaving them vulnerable for etching and staining.
And the last thing for the Don'ts list is do not try and scrape or scrub ( with an abrasive pad ) any stickiness such as cooking grease off because you will scratch the surface. The pads can also leave dull spots .
Number one do which is not going to be on the list but everyone should do is call a QUALIFIED professional . Consult with them/us to see what can be done to fix any issues your marble countertops may have . We (LV Floor Restoration) give FREE estimates and demos so it is hassle free and painless for you and your pocketbook.
Do number 1 besides call a Professional is always use a neutral cleaning product to clean your marble . The neutral PH cleans the stone without damaging it .
Use a microfiber towel with the above step to clean your stone . This will help negate any potential of scratching or dullness .
For professionals only : Assess the severity of the damage on your stone and if you have a deep scratch , diamond pads may be required to remove these scratches . Start at a low grit , I recommend 400 and then work your way up from there until the scratches are fully removed and you obtain the desired shine. This is easy to mess up so remember to take your time and make even passes every time.
For chemical burns and small etching a crystalizer may be used with steel wool on a hand buffer to remove the
etch mark and shine this area at the same time.
Use a cutting board when chopping veggies or even cutting your Childs sandwich in half.
Always make sure to keep your marble as dry as possible. If you did the dishes and made a mess , be sure to soak up any and all standing water as your stone is porous and will try and absorb it.
Last but definitely not least , use a high quality penetrating stone sealer to protect your marble from within. We use 2-3 applications to ensure the marble is fully protected . we follow it up with a finishing touch spray and buff to make your countertops POP.
Bonus do is always get them cleaned and sealed on a regular basis. We recommend every 1-2 years depending on usage.
Hope this helps you preserve and protect your marble countertops . And as always give us a call or chat with one of our professionals if you have any questions or concerns about this or any other topic related to Floors. We got you covered. 📲 (702) 349-1457