Why Choose Carrara Marble Countertops?
Marble countertops are bright, elegant, add character and are wonderful to cook on, particularly if you’re baking. They can also be one of the cheapest stone solutions if you choose Carrara marble, making them a great choice if you’re on a limited budget. However, many people are afraid of them due to the perception that they are high maintenance. This reputation is only partially deserved, and we want to share with you all the knowledge we’ve gathered over the years, so that you will feel much more confident of going this direction if it appeals to you.
What Causes Marble Etching
Marble is indeed prone to marking because of its calcium carbonate makeup, which reacts with any acid. Acid literally eats away a tiny bit of the surface, creating dull spots, also known as etches. This means that any splash of lemon juice, any damp margarita glass, is going to leave a subtle mark.
Is Marble Hard to Clean?
The etching issue also gives marble the reputation of being finicky and hard to clean. Yes, you don’t want to use some common and acidic natural cleaners like vinegar and lemon juice. But other than that, marble is just like other natural stones: durable, easy-wearing, and really easy to clean.
How To Clean Marble Countertops
What You Need
Gentle, non-abrasive dish soap
Dish cloth or cleaning rag
Soft, absorbent towel
- Mix warm water and gentle dish soap: Fill a spray bottle with warm water and add about a tablespoon of gentle, non-abrasive dish soap. Don’t use anything with acid or lemon juice. Shake gently to mix the soap and water.
- Spray the counter with the dish soap solution: Spray the countertop lightly with the warm dish soap solution.
- Wipe with a hot, wet dish cloth: Wipe the soapy water off the counter with a wet dish cloth.
- Dry with an absorbent towel: Rub the countertop dry and buff with a soft, absorbent towel.