While it’s true that marble worktops are bound to last a lifetime if they are properly cared for, there are occasions when homeowners wish to remove these countertops. For example, if the homeowner wants to move or extend their kitchen, this will usually involve moving worktops and cabinets. Another example is when the cabinets get old or damaged but the marble is still in great condition. When the cabinets need to be replaced, it’s obvious that the worktops will need to be removed first.
Removing marble worktops without damaging them can be a bit tricky if you’re not prepared. The first thing you need to do is decide where you will put your worktops once they have been removed. It’s not a good idea to place them flat on the floor because they will prove incredibly difficult to lift if you can’t get a good grip. If you have no other surfaces on which to place the worktops, you can place some strong pieces of wood (of the same size) on the floor of your home. Preferable somewhere out of the way so that you don’t create a dangerous obstacle course. Place the worktops on these pieces of wood and take care not to put anything on top of them.
Clear out all of your cabinets. You will need as much space as possible to pry the marble from the cabinets. You will also need to disconnect any fixtures like taps before moving your worktops. Remember to shut your water off before removing any taps! Remove one slab at a time and make sure that you have at least one person to help you. Marble worktops are heavy and it takes at least two strong adults to safely move the slab.
Once all of your marble worktops have been removed and safely deposited in another room, it’s time to complete your cabinet replacement. When your cabinets are in place, you can install your worktops again and then your fittings. Remember to reseal your marble worktops regularly to keep them in top condition for many years to come!