Utah Style and Design

Marble Care Tips from the Pros

May 8, 2018

Natural stone experts at the Stone Collection began their business in Utah a little over three years ago (read more about it here) and they’re offering these tips for marble care. 

Photo courtesy of The Stone Collection.

Considering Marble for a Kitchen?

All marbles can go in a kitchen but not all kitchens should have marble. Natural stone, in general, is a very personal choice. People are attracted to different colors and patterns. Aside from color and pattern options the type of stone is a personal choice as well.
“Most old pieces have a patina, or “broken-in” look about them,” said Kristy Verde, architectural and design representative for The Stone Collection. If this fits your personality go for it! If you need your countertops and flooring to be pristine, you have options; go for a different durable natural stone, select a man made material with a marble look, or budget getting your marble resurfaced about once a year.”

Photo courtesy of The Stone Collective.

Marble has a potential to etch, scratch, and stain. So why should you put this in YOUR kitchen?

The short answer, marble has been used for centuries in heavy trafficked areas and residential environments. Some people love the look, and others prefer something a little more sleek. If marble is a must-have aesthetic for your space, you’ll need to know appropriate marble care tactics. The Stone Collective recommends following these guidelines from the Natural Stone Institute

Cleaning

Always clean marble surfaces with a neutral product, and rinse thoroughly. Failing to do either of these can result in film or streaks on your countertops. Acidic products can also damage the surface of the material, taking away from the sheen of your countertop, and other products can scratch the stone.

Stain Removal

Using a sealing agent can help make countertops stain resistant. Check with your manufacturer for the best products to use on your stone, but if you do get stains there are some remedies.

Always make sure stains are cleaned promptly, to keep them from setting in the stone. Be sure to blot the stain, as wiping will spread it.

To clean a stain, it is critical to identify what caused it in order to use the right cleaner. Oil-based and biological stains like mildew can be cleaned with diluted household cleaner. Paint or ink comes off easily with laquer thinner, and food stains will lift with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. For metal or rust stains, use a poultice. Water damage can be buffed out with steel wool, but etches and more serious scratches should be treated by a professional.

Photo courtesy of The Stone Collection.

General Marble Care

Always use coasters and other protectors from wet or hot dishes, and don’t let water sit on the countertop for extended periods of time. You should also use a dust mop frequently, to keep dirt, sand or other abrasives from damaging the marble.

Now that you’re an expert in marble care, you are ready to purchase your marble countertop! At The Stone Collective, all of their stone is laid out in gallery format for you to explore. They offer marble, granite and quartz, as well as several manmade materials such as Caesarstone, Neolith, Geoluke and Aurea.

“We offer top quality high-end exotic stone as well as everyday stone,” manager Pete Pete Smith says. “Our facility is a luxurious setup and temperature controlled,” he says.  Although the building is open to the public and display of stones is similar to a museum, you won’t be able to directly purchase stone without a fabricator. They still invite you in to check out their expansive selection.   

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Ashley Baker
Ashley was the in-house web editor for both Utah Bride & Groom and Utah Style & Design magazines. Not only does she write articles and immerse herself in Utah's design scene, she's currently finishing a bachelor's degree in strategic communications with a minor in multidisciplinary design at the University of Utah.
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