marble-worktopWhen you spend hard-earned cash on a new worktop, whatever material you choose, you need it to last the test of time, and stand up to plenty of wear and tear. Of course, how you look after your new worktop will have a lot to do with how long it lasts for. If you don’t carry out routine cleaning and maintenance then you will find that your worktop decays and wears much quicker than if you keep up to date with anything that your new stone worktop needs, as well as general cleaning duties.

If you have chosen marble or classic quartz for your work surface then you have made an excellent decision. Both are classic, strong, and look fantastic in your kitchen, but they have distinct differences in terms of how to clean them and how to look after them.

How to Clean Marble Worktops

Marble is a strong stone, but it isn’t as strong as some of the other materials on the market, such as quartz or granite. For that reason you need to be slightly more careful in terms of how you look after it, but provided you get all of this right, you will find your work surface will look fantastic for as long as possible. Of course, marble is sophisticated and timeless, so you should give it the respect it deserves!

  • Clean up any spillages immediately – Marble is not stain resistant and for that reason you should ensure you mop up any spillages as soon as they happen.
  • Avoid using hard-staining agents on your work surface – If you are pouring red wine or using vinegar in your cooking, try and pour it somewhere else if at all possible! Both of these substances stain, and as we mentioned before, marble is not stain resistant.
  • Use heat resistant pads for hot pans – Glass or ceramic heat pads should be used for placing hot pans down on your surface; marble is not heat resistant.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaning pads – Avoid scouring pads, and instead go for a smooth cloth and buffering cloth, avoiding anything which could scratch your new worktop.
  • Avoid harsh chemical cleaning agents – Anything which contains bleach or anything very abrasive or strong should be avoided. Use a gentle detergent cleaner, or simple warm water, to clean your surface regularly.
  • Marble will need annual sealing – Unlike quartz, marble will need sealing yearly in order to keep it in top condition.

How to Clean Classic Quartz Worktops

marble-countertopQuartz is much more hard-wearing when compared to marble, but that doesn’t mean that you can do anything and treat it how you like, because it still needs a little care and attention. The main difference is the low maintenance level of classic quartz worktops, because it doesn’t need sealing or any other maintenance after it has been installed, other than regular cleaning.

Classic quartz is a strong, long-lasting, and luxurious choice for your worktop, and available in a large range of different colours and patterns.

  • Mop up any spillages immediately – Quartz is extremely resistant to stains, but that doesn’t mean you should tempt fate!
  • Avoid scouring pads – As with marble, avoid anything which is abrasive, and instead go for a soft cloth for cleaning your surface
  • Avoid harsh chemical cleaners – Stick with something gentle, to avoid degradation over time

As you can see, classic quartz is much easier to clean and look after than marble, but the choice of which one you go for is entirely personal.

marble-worktopsMarble is a wonderfully opulent stone to go for when it comes to decorating your kitchen. Whether you go for a marble worktop or you choose marble tiles, you are dealing with a hard-wearing, classy, and sophisticated stone, and one which will certainly add a certain something to your kitchen. Of course, we know that no marble stone is the same as any other, thanks to the individual veins which run through it, and that means that you won’t be copying anyone either!

You might have heard of marble being less hardy when compared to other natural stones, such as granite or quartz, and whilst that is true in a few ways, it isn’t in others. Marble isn’t fragile, it is a very strong stone, but it is more susceptible to chips and staining than perhaps quartz and granite are. For this reason, you need to know how to look after your marble worktop and tiles from the get-go, and the main area to focus on is cleaning.

If you clean your worktop and tiles regularly, in the correct way, then you will certainly add time onto its lifespan, and that means you will have a wonderful appearance to your kitchen for much longer.

So, how exactly do you clean marble in the correct way?

  • Clean up any spillages as soon as possible – Marble is porous, and that means it is easily stained if you don’t act quickly. If you find that lemon juice, vinegar, or red wine has found its way onto your shiny new marble worktop, or has splashed up on a tile, then act fast and mop it up. The quicker you act, the less chance there is of staining. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the moment the substance makes contact with your marble it’s going to cause a problem, but the longer it sits there, the more it is eating away and that can create marks which in the end will not be removed.
  • Never use scouring pads – Always stick to a non-abrasive cleaning material, such as a cloth or a sponge. The abrasive in the scouring pad will scratch the marble, and the more you domarble-tiles it, the worse the end result will be.
  • Avoid strong detergents and cleaners – The chemicals inside strong detergent cleaning products, such as ammonia or bleach, can degrade and break down the marble over time, so instead stick to warm, soapy water whenever you clean your worktop or tiles. In combination with a non-abrasive sponge or cloth, this is the best way to keep your marble clean and damage-free.
  • Consider using a sealant spray – You could also add a sealant spray into your cleaning regime which will need to be used at least once a month to create a barrier between the marble and the outside world. Of course, this cuts down on the chance of staining and marking.
  • Use heat resistant pads for placing pans down – Marble is not heat resistant and that means you should use pads to place anything on there which is hot. If you place a hot pan down on your marble, you run the risk of a burn mark, which is not going to be removed.

Of course, you should always make sure that your marble worktop or tiles are installed correctly from the get go, and that you have these sealed again every year to prevent issues from arising.