Inarguably, natural stone countertops like marble stay on the top. It’s due to the durable and easy-to-maintain qualities that most of the homeowners pick them up. But, after some years, the marble countertop begins to look dull, perhaps with light scratches on its surface.
Well, ugly kitchen marble countertops do not always need a replacement. The marble stone is porous and thus require “proper maintenance” to keep that shine and lustre on your marble countertops. If you’re unaware of how to make it possible, then read on the blog.
#1. Proper cleaning
The foremost thing to linger on top of the maintenance of your marble countertop is to clean them properly. Liquids that contain citric acids like lemon and orange juice eat away all its aesthetics. You can start with wiping out of spills and dirt with a soft, dry cloth. After that, re-wipe the countertop again with a wet sponge dipped in warm water.
You can even purchase a stone cleaner to upkeep your marble countertop’s beauty. Even getting a dishwashing liquid would work. Additionally, never let anything settle on its surface, be it tomato spots or wine. Wipe it immediately. Avoiding dithering will let your marble stay shiny for a longer time.
#2. Polish your marble
For restoring your marble countertop’s gleam along with removing light imperfections, polish them. Doing it every couple of weeks or at least a month can do wonders for its durability and quality. The polishing of the marble countertop is not a complicated, difficult, or time-consuming DIY (do it yourself) task.
With the right choice of tools and cleaning agents, you can easily accomplish this task. So, let’s check the tools and supplies which you may require for marble polishing:
List of tools and supplies for marble polishing :
- Baking soda
- Soft rag or brush
- Clean cloth
Now that you know the list of items you’ll need in the polishing procedure; you should make sure that you have all of them. So, now let’s move towards the DIY process of polishing your marble countertop.
Steps for polishing marble countertop:
- Wipe out the countertop: First of all, you need to make sure that your countertop is clean without any spills or liquid residue. So, clean your worktops properly before polishing.
- Prepare the cleaning solution: You may be having baking soda at your home. So, take three tablespoons of baking soda and mix it with 1-quart water to make a solution.
- Apply the solution: Put the solution on your countertop, and with the help of a soft rag or brush, rub them from the middle out. Let it sit for at least 3 to 6 hours and then rinse it off.
- Polish it: Once you complete cleaning your worktop with baking soda solution, make a fine powder of chalk. Dip a damp cloth in the powder and apply it on your countertop in a similar fashion to the baking soda/water solution. Thoroughly rinse off the left out of the powder without letting it sit to enjoy the restored shine of your marble countertop.
Pro tip: It’s better to polish your countertop in small parts. It will help you to make your pace rather than applying the solution on the entire countertop to let it dry and leave a residue. Follow the thumb rule of polishing it quarter by quarter or third by third.
#3. Keep it sealed
Apart from routine cleaning and polishing, it is sage to reseal your marble worktops in every 3-6 months. Plus, it is always a good idea to reseal it soon after you polish them.
A simple way to reduce the cleaning time and double your investment is to keep a fresh seal on the marble worktop. Well, you can do it yourself, but it’s better to let the professional do it or you.
If you still want to take a DIY path, then follow the below-given steps
DIY steps for sealing:
- List of items needed: You will need a spray bottle of sealant, so go to your local home improvement store and get the one for you. It is available in two types in the market – topical and impregnator. The former one will stay on top of your marble surface while the latter would go deep into it, filling the pores from inside out. Therefore, it’s better to purchase the impregnator sealant.
- Spray the sealant: Follow the directions mentioned in the bottle and spray it onto your countertop. Let it stay there according to the suggested time (usually 10-20 minutes), as written in the directions of the bottle.
- Apply more sealant: Add more if the purchased one is drying quicker than the expected time. It will help you get the best final results. Also, it will prevent the streaking that happens if the sealant is permitted to dry.
- Wipe all sealant off: Let your worktop dry it for at least 6-8 hours; you can let it be there for 24 hours also, depending on your purchased product. Make sure you avoid placing anything on it. After that, wipe off the sealant with a dry cloth.
Crucial points for kitchen renovation
After looking at the dull look of the marble countertop, many homeowners decide to replace it during the renovation. Well, when your love (maintenance) can bring back its shiny look, then why to invest in a new one. So, consider the above ways and keep your marble countertop in tip-top shape.
Additionally, if you own a miniature version of the kitchen, and looking for remodelling ways, then read how to renovate a small kitchen. It will help you to plan your project effectively. Remember one thing: Though the heart of your home (kitchen) is tiny, you can make a big style statement.
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