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Caring for Carrera Marble Countertops

Carrera marble is beautiful. It is softer, more fragile and it is more porous than granite. It’s much more likely to stain, scratch, pit and wear than granite. Marble becomes “your marble top” worn where you work it. Over time marble becomes like your favorite pair of jeans it fits you in a unique way. Acidic foods such as citrus fruit, lemon, tomatoes, apples even melons & vinegar will damage marble. Make liberal use of coasters and trivets. Wipe up spills as soon as possible.

Like granite marble needs to be sealed. If water no longer beads on the surface it may be time to reseal. Take a wet paper towel lay it on the marble top and wait 5 minutes. If the spot under the towel is darker then the top must be sealed. There are many sealers available and you can do it yourself. Follow the manufacturer’s specific instructions.

It takes more effort to maintain marble but the approach is the same as granite. Clean water is preferred. Occasionally soapy water followed by lots of clean water to get the soap off. Soap leaves a film. Wash a mirror with soap when you are done there is a film so the mirror is not clear. Of course with a mirror you can use Windex but don’t use Windex on marble. Use water or use a pH-neutral cleaner made for countertops. Specifying a cleaner like Marblelife granite quartz & countertop cleaner will make it easier for the maid, cleaning service, or your husband & children to select the right cleaner.

For tougher stains make a poultice of 1 cup of flower or baking soda with 2 or 3 table spoons of dish soap. Add water to make a paste cover the stain then cover the paste with plastic. Let it set overnight. Wipe clean in the morning. How about an organic stain such as wine, coffee or fruit which won’t otherwise come out. Try a few drops of 12% hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia. Of course if you have a stain which won’t come up with water, soapy water or granite cleaner than you have proof that your top needs to be resealed.

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