Many homeowners prefer marble countertops because it is elegant and stylish and also because it takes years before it needs replacement. There are, however, things that can make it look dull or grayish after a few years, and that is when the problem starts.
There are common stains that can really turn your marble countertops unattractive, and when these stains are not removed the soonest time, it will be harder to remove them in the long run.
This includes nails, screws, and other metals left on top of the countertop to rust. Even soda cans or fancy pieces of jewelry left unattended for a long period. These materials will leave a copper-color on your countertop.
Rust stains cannot be removed easily with water and soap. Vinegar is often advised by many, but it can weaken the protective seal of your marble.
These stains can be acquired from cooking oil, butter, grease, and milk. You may not notice it, but there are plenty of things in your home that can cause staining, even the simple hand lotion can leave a mark on your marble countertop.
Hard water has high mineral content, such as a high concentration of bicarbonates, magnesium carbonates, calcium, and sulfates. Every household around the world has hard water, and this can cause build up on a marble surface that can lead to staining.
If left unmaintained for too long, it will be challenging to remove it from the stone. One thing that proves helpful is using water softeners to solve the problem.
Stains from cleaning products
You may have purchased a marble cleaner thinking the formula is safe to take care of your countertop stain without realizing that there are synthetic chemicals and solvents that are included in the mixture.
It can break down the protective seal of the marble and will further lead to staining and etches to show. It can even dull the surface. The ingredients that these cleaning products have can even seep through the protective seal and the stone pores.
Mold and mildew
This stain is not just unsightly but also dangerous to your health, and it is not at all safe. Checking corners and hidden areas of your marble countertop is the key to preventing mold and mildew from thriving. Mold can cause breathing problems and respiratory infections.
When you see mold and mildew thrive on your countertop, clean with solutions not containing any acidic substance that may further harm the quality of your marble countertop. Using household bath cleaners may do the trick as long as you remove the stains early.
Coffee and Tea Stains
The culprit here is called tannin, an organic compound found in these beverages. This can serve as a pigmentation agent, and just like how it stains on clothing, it has the same effect on marble. The stains, if left to dry on the surface, may be hard to remove later on.
Sometimes if there are children in the house, they can leave markers with no caps on the countertop, and this can cause stains and discoloration.
As soon as you see the stains, wipe it with a damp sponge, or you may use a soft scrub paired with a wet sponge. If some stains remain, you may use a bit of nail polish, but ensure you remove it fast after blotting the stained spot.
Stains from vegetables/fruits
The most common culprit that causes discoloration on your marble countertop are squash, apricots, carrots, and even peppers, as well as cantaloupes. These foods are rich in beta-carotene, which is an organic compound that has a strong pigmentation property, leaving orange or yellow stains on your stone countertop.
There may be an incident of paint splattering on your countertop, and if it has a dark color will surely stand out on a white marble countertop. It may be difficult to remove if the stain is large, but if it is just some dots of paint, there are some solutions to remove it easily. Using a lacquer thinner is one, but make sure you blot the paint splatter and not leave the marble to soak on lacquer thinner.
Any acidic substance can ruin your marble countertop. This is the worst enemy of marble. An acidic substance may include lemon juice, wine, or orange juice. You can observe etch marks when the top layer of your marble wears off, and you’ll notice there is no shine on that area. Etch marks are usually removed using a poultice.
Ammonia and Vinegar
Though many people are using vinegar as a cleaning solution, it is highly acidic for the marble countertop. It can etch the marble stone after it weakens the protective seal of the marble. Etching spots look like surface stains, but it is a sign of damage. Ammonia has the same effect on marble as it also softens the protective lining of the marble.
Some homeowners use wax to clean marble countertops cause it gives a clean and polished look, not to mention a shiny surface. But wax can also build-up, and this can ultimately cause discoloration on your countertop. This is traditionally used by others, but it is not as popular because of how it can affect the marble.
Marble stains can get into the pores of the stone, and this makes cleaning them difficult. Not even bleach or hydrogen peroxide can clean it, even by scrubbing. Generic cleaners can do more harm than good, including bleach, vinegar, ammonia, and hydrogen peroxide. They can clean other surfaces, but they might not be ideal for marble countertops. These cleaning materials can corrode and dull the surface of your marble.
There are sealing solutions for marble specifically used for white marble cause sealing will guard against rust and stains that may occur. The best advice is that you should always be alert to stains in your kitchen countertop so you can catch the problem early on before the stain gets too tough to remove.
If you are not sure what is the best product to use for a countertop we installed or any marble countertop, we are more than happy to guide you with the products we know will help you take the best care for your stained countertop.