Maintaining Your Marble Surfaces With A Messy Family

Posted on: 30 June 2015

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Your counter tops are marble because that is what you wanted, and it should hardly be fair for you to have to give them up because you have children. Even though marble is considered to be a porous substance with the ability to absorb stains like a sponge and you have children who seem to provide the substances with increasing regularity, there is no need to let your dreams go out with a whimper. Even the potential for scratched and chipped marble does not need to lead to familial discord. You can find a happy medium.

So if you are wondering how you can manage to sustain your gleaming marble counter tops without killing the kids (or your husband), here are a few things to consider.

Create that barrier

Marble often comes pre-sealed for protecting the integrity of the stone from staining and from damage to the interior. When you get your marble counter tops, it is important to find out which brand and type of sealer was used and how often it needs to be resealed. Some sealers need to be redone after 1 or more years while others may have a longer protection guarantee of up to 15 years. One of the easiest ways of knowing if the sealant needs to be reapplied is when liquid that has been spilled on it immediately soaks in rather than creating a bead on the surface.

It might be better to use a penetrating sealant rather than a topical one, as it tends to last much longer and offer better protection from stains, although it does not prevent it. However topical sealants give better protection from acidic liquids such as vinegar or lime juice. You would need to decide which would be best in your family. The cost of a sealant can range between less than $20 to over $50 per quart and should be food-safe. Penetrating sealants lasting up to 15 years should be applied by a professional in order to make the warranty valid. 

Dealing with the drama

Even with sealants, you know your children are going to leave their plates and dripping glasses on your counter top, and your husband is likely to decide to start the indoor grill and get greasy smoke all over your marble surfaces. Never fear, there are ways around even those messes. For children who are old enough, you need to teach them to blot up their stain-causing messes of fruit juice or coffee, rather than wiping, as this can spread the liquid over the surface and make the problem worse.

For those children who are younger, place mats on the accessible areas for them to put their leftover messes on. You should also make a concentrated effort to clean your marble surfaces with warm water and a mild detergent. If the stains have appeared from the greasy mess of the grill or the misplaced or neglected spill, then you can certainly try to remove it with a poultice of baking soda and water, flour and detergent or similar solutions. These should be applied and left on for at least 24 hours to draw the components from the marble.

For more information, contact a marble cleaning company in your area.