Marble kitchen countertops are a homeowner favorite due to their timeless beauty and impeccable durability. Just like any other material, however, they come with a few disadvantages, such as etching. Nevertheless, they can remain in tip-top shape for a long time with proper care.
Read on as Concept Bath Systems, Inc. discusses the reason behind marble etching and what you can do about it.
Why Marble Etching Happens
Etching is a corrosive chemical reaction that causes damage to the marble. It typically occurs when acidic foods or liquids like soda, coffee, bleach and vinegar come into contact on the marble’s surface. Marble has calcium carbonate, which breaks down in acid, thus explaining why this phenomenon happens.
You can easily spot this on a polished surface because it uncovers dull raw marble. On the other hand, it may not be as visible on honed marble due to its matte finish. While a sealer may help protect marble against stains, it does not stop etching.
How to Address Marble Etching
It’s difficult to avoid marble etching, but you can take steps to mitigate the issue. As your kitchen design expert, we recommend regular countertop cleaning and maintenance to prevent marble etching from worsening.
If your marble countertop has a polished finish, you can use marble polishing powder to restore the color and shine of the affected area. It can address mild to moderate etch marks, but it might take several minutes to treat them. Depending on the product you will use, it might not work on green, black or dark brown marble, so be sure to do your research. Meanwhile, if your countertop has a honed finish, you can use DIY marble polishing pads to restore the surface.
In general, you should only use non-abrasive cloth and cleaners with neutral pH to avoid wearing out the sealant. For severe etch marks, it’s best to seek the help of a professional for the best results.
For more countertop tips, trust the experts at Concept Bath Systems, Inc. As your go-to kitchen and bathroom design specialist, we’re here to help you create a functional and beautiful space you’re sure to enjoy for years to come. Get in touch with us at (563) 278-6962 or complete our form to request an estimate.