Caring for Your Marble Countertop

Sealed at Installation, Reseal Annually, Easy Maintenance

All About Sealing and Cleaning Your Marble Countertop

We Seal Your Marble Countertop at Installation

Our marble countertops are sealed during the installation process. The sealer protects marble from staining that can be caused by the color pigments found in liquids, juices, and sauces. But be sure to wipe up the spill right away – the sealer buys you time before the spill penetrates the stone and becomes a stain.

This initial sealer will generally last 1 to 2 years, depending on type of marble. The variance in how long the initial sealer will last is due to marble being a natural material, and as a result, no two marble slabs are the same.

When Should I Reseal My Marble Countertop?

Because of the porous nature of marble countertops, we highly recommend annual sealing. You can test the effectiveness of the sealer by dripping a puddle of water on the surface. If the puddle darkens quickly, then sealing is required immediately. If it takes several minutes to darken, then your sealer is working.

Resealing Your Granite Countertop is Simple

Resealing your countertop is one of the easier DIY projects. Most homeowners find they can accomplish this simple task without any problems and with little time invested. Of course, in the event you need any help, we’re here to answer your questions.

See our How to Reseal Your Natural Stone Countertop page for easy, step-by-step instructions.

Routine Cleaning of Your Marble Countertop

Marble countertops are easy to clean. The key is to use mild detergents that are pH neutral mixed with water and a soft, clean cloth. Many homeowners keep a spray bottle of diluted pH neutral cleaner and a microfiber cloth handy for everyday cleaning. See our How to Clean Your Natural Stone Countertop page for important instructions on how to clean your marble surface, as well as some cautions regarding the use of harsh chemical cleaners.

How Do I Remove a Tough Stain in my Marble Countertop?

If you do have a stain on your countertop that won’t clean up with a pH neutral cleaner, we carry products that are specially formulated to remove tough stains. Please feel free to call us or stop by our showroom and we’ll make sure you purchase the right product for the job and will provide expert instruction on how to use it.

An Important Note About Marble Etching

Marble is vulnerable to acids, and sealer will not protect marble from "etching". Etching occurs when acidic juice, sauce, or liquid spills are left on the counter. For spills that aren’t cleaned up in a reasonable amount of time, the acids penetrate the pores of the marble, creating a dullness in the surface. Interestingly, etching can often add to the natural aged look of marble, but there are times when it doesn’t – so we recommend cleaning up acid-based liquid spills right away to prevent etching.

Contact Us with Any Questions or Concerns About Sealing and Cleaning Marble

Remember that we are with you every step of the way, and that includes our customer service after installation. If you ever find yourself having questions about or issues with resealing or cleaning your marble countertop, feel free to call us or drop by the showroom and our natural stone experts will answer your questions and help resolve your concerns.

When you choose to buy a natural stone or quartz countertop from Capital Stone, we’re with you every step of the way. Our countertop design experts work with you to make the right stone selection for your needs, and work with you to design a countertop that exceeds your expectations, while our installation experts ensure you achieve the best possible result. Select from stunning granite, marble, quartz, soapstone, or quartzite at our Albany and Saratoga Springs showrooms. We look forward to helping you make your countertop dreams come true!

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