Marble countertops fit right in at any kind of home. They have a reputation for being sophisticated, have a long life and most importantly, they are an easy alternative to expensive wood. A lot of old homes and apartments have marble countertops or it could be that you have chosen it yourself. Whatever it is, it is important that marble tops are cleaned with care, otherwise, it can end up with lots of scratches and a dull hue. In fact, if you have moved into a new rented or bought apartment, the chances are, the previous owners have already ruined the marble countertop. However, don’t worry, because there isn’t a marble top that today’s tricks aren’t capable of cleaning!
1 . Clean The Countertop
The first step is to wipe the marble countertop with a dry cloth. This is just to make sure any surface dirt or debris is taken care of. After that, dip a sponge in warm water and then wring it to drain the excess water. Wipe the countertop with it. Before you start make sure that the sponge is non-abrasive in nature.
Once you are done, it’s time to spray a bit of stone cleaner on the countertop and then rub it with a clean and soft rag. Alternatively, you can use dishwashing soap with the dampened sponge and wipe the marble countertop. Follow that up by rinsing with cool water so that no soap residue is left. Another option is to use hydrogen peroxide mixed in double the amount of water. You can proceed with any of the options.
Dry the marble countertop with another soft rag. Using it, buff the countertop in a delicate circular motion until it is shining. After you’re done buffing, you can use stone or marble polish over the surface. This way, the shine will be more brighter and long-lasting. If you decide to go with stone polish, use a soft rag to spread it over the surface. On the other hand if you decide on marble polish, you will find specific directions on the package which you should follow.
2. The Poultice Process
For this, you are going to need 2 tablespoons of ammonia and 1 cup of hydrogen . Pour them in a bowl and mix them thoroughly. Keep adding the hydrogen peroxide into the mixture as you stir, until the paste is quite thick and heavy. Locate the stains on your countertop and cover it with the paste, using a spatula. Then, cover this area with a plastic wrap and tape it up thoroughly with masking tape. This way, you can avoid wastage of the paste and it will not fly off to any other area of the countertop that does not need it.
Give about 24 hours for the poultice to dry off. Make use of a razor blade to scrape it off, and always keep the razor at a 45 degree angle so that it doesn’t cause unnecessary damage to the countertop. Now, rinse the whole marble top with water to ensure no powder remains is left behind.
3. The Sanding Process
Start with soaking the entire marble countertop with a water bottle. For the sanding process, we need the countertop to be wet. Next, if you have a palm sander, place one portion of a 120 grit sandpaper on it.
There is another way. You can simply use a sanding block and focus on sanding the marble countertop with your own hand. Do it in a circular motion. After you’re done with 120 grit sandpaper, move on to 300 grit, and then eventually, a 600 grit sandpaper. Repeat the same circular motion each time.
Once you’re satisfied that you have reached every nook and corner of the marble countertop, wipe the countertop with a sponge dipped in water. This way, you can remove any sanding dust that’s still there.
For extra protection, you can seal the marble with a commercially viable sealing product. If possible, go for an oil repellent product. The longer life expectancy it has, the better it is.