How to look after your marble worktops

Marble is the picture of elegance and luxury. When you see a bathroom or kitchen fitted with marble features, it is sure to make you feel like you have entered a very special and high class home. This touch of class does carry a higher price tag than some other cheaper materials and, as such, home owners want to do everything in their power to make this investment last long enough to pay for itself.

To care for your marble worktops, you need to understand what their main weaknesses are. Marble is known to be porous and, therefore, you will need to clean up any spills promptly and gently so as not to rub them into the stone.

For dusting, a microfibre cloth is best. For wet cleaning, you will need a damp cloth and a pH neutral cleaner that is safe for use on marble. Anything of an acidic nature will damage that precious marble and abrasive cleaners will scratch. Even acidic foods can damage the surface so be sure to use chopping boards (with drainage grooves to catch the juice) when working with such foods as tomatoes, citrus fruits and so on.

Upon installation, you should have your marble sealed (or seal it yourself) before use. When you notice that water no longer beads on the surface, you know that it’s time to reseal. Failing to do so will leave the surface highly vulnerable to stains.