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How to care for and protect your marble benchtops

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The hero piece of Deb’s dream kitchen is definitely the Dogal marble benchtop. Marble is timeless and luxurious, and unique in that every slab is different, having it’s own shades and patterns.

It is a beautiful natural stone, but unlike it’s tougher brother granite, is more susceptible to damage. It is durable to a reasonable extent, but following these tips will ensure your luxurious benchtop looks as good as the day it was installed.

The most popular choice for benchtops and splashbacks is honed marble as it has a softer, satin finish. As polished marble is shinier and reflects light, it tends to show stains and scratches, so it requires more maintenance.

SEAL YOUR MARBLE

The first step immediately after installation, is to have your benchtop professionally sealed with a high-grade sealant that will penetrate the marble and sit just below the surface. Sealer won’t change the look of the marble. Sealing is a crucial step, regardless of whether the marble is honed or polished.

HOW TO PROTECT MARBLE BENCHTOPS

  • Your marble benchtop should be resealed every two to five years, depending on how frequently it is used.
  • Regular wiping with a clean cloth and clean water should be sufficient to keep it looking good.
  • Always use a good chopping board as a barrier between food and your marble benchtop.
  • Because marble is porous, and although sealing creates some resistance, it can absorb some spills. Marble is particularly sensitive to acidic foods such as citrus juice, soft drinks, and vinegar, which can etch (burn) it. Protect your marble from etching with an absorbent drying mat.
  • Marble is heat resistant but being stone, will expand and contract in extreme temperatures, so it’s also wise to avoid putting any extremely hot or cold products on the benchtop.

THE BEST WAY TO CLEAN UP SPILLS

  • It sounds strange but treat your marble like you would carpet. Wipe up any spills as quickly as possible, particularly those that typically stain – red wine, curry sauce and beetroot juice.
  • Soak up oily spills as much as possible with a paper towel before wiping. After that, cover the spill area with a layer of talcum powder or cornflour to draw it out.
  • Don’t leave water lying on its surface for long as it can cause discolouration.

MARBLE CLEANING TIPS

  • The only daily cleaning products you need are a soft cloth and some clean, warm water.
  • Avoid the usual kitchen cleaning products as these can burn into the surface of the marble, and no abrasive cleaners (Jif, Gumption etc).
  • Avoid a vinegar-based cleaning solution as vinegar is acidic.
  • A microfibre cloth will remove most stains or burns from honed marble.
  • Polished marble can be spot repolished using a marble polishing cream on a soft cloth.

We found this fab article from a pro who knows:  Shelley Craft’s all-natural trick for removing stains from marble bench tops

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