How to Clean Marble Bathroom Countertops?

If you have a marble bathroom countertop, there are certain things you need to remember when cleaning it. Deep scratches, stains, and big spills can all ruin marble, but most of these messes can be easily removed with common household cleaners. It is important to identify the type of stain so you can apply the correct cleaning solution. 

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Avoiding acidic cleaners 

If you want to keep your marble bathroom countertops looking their best, you should avoid using acidic or abrasive cleaners. Instead, use a non-abrasive cleaning solution like water and mild soap. This mixture will remove most types of stains and etching. 

Although marble is water resistant and elegant, it must be cleaned carefully. It started out as limestone and can be damaged by water deposits and certain chemicals. Therefore, it’s important to avoid acid-containing cleaners and glass cleaners. 

Using non-abrasive soap 

If you have marble bathroom countertops, you can safely use a non-abrasive soap to clean them. The marble tends to stain easily. You can treat organic stains with a 12% hydrogen peroxide solution, or you can use mineral spirits or acetone to clean away oil-based stains. 

While marble care is generally not a difficult task, some areas of the countertop, such as sealing them, may require professional attention. However, general cleaning and maintenance are fairly simple. Using a non-abrasive soap is best for general cleaning. Avoid using soaps with acidic ingredients, such as vinegar. If you must use an acidic cleaner, use lemon juice instead. 

Using a poultice 

If you have a stain on your marble bathroom countertops, you may want to try using a poultice to remove it. This paste is also known as a “stink remover,” and it will remove a stain from stone by drawing it out of the stone. The poultice can be made using two to three tablespoons of 12% hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, and baking soda. You may want to make a larger batch if you have a large stain. 

To use a poultice to clean marble, follow the directions on the container. You should cover the paste with plastic wrap, taping the edges down. Let it sit for 24 to 48 hours to pull the stain out. Once dry, remove the poultice with a scraper and rinse with distilled water. Finally, buff the stone dry with a soft cloth. 

Sealing marble countertops 

If you have marble bathroom countertops, it is possible to preserve their beauty and protect them from the elements by sealing them. The process can be done by hand or by using a spray bottle. Before sealing your marble countertops, you must test a small area first to ensure that the sealer will not damage the stone. The area that you test should appear slightly glossier than the rest. In the event that you notice any dramatic color differences, you need to choose a different type of sealer. The sealer should be applied with a soft cloth or foam brush and should be applied in a thin layer. If bubbles appear, you can smooth them out with the front edge of the brush. 

There are many different types of sealers for marble countertops. The most effective is a water-based impregnating sealer. This type of sealant will go underneath the surface of the marble and will prevent stains and etching. However, it will not completely seal the marble countertop and it will not protect the countertop from wear and tear. You can also use a solvent-based sealer to repel water and oil.