Marble Kitchen Benchtops

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Nothing says timeless elegance quite like marble. A rare material which has managed to transcend fluctuating trends, marble retains the same aura of luxury and decadence that it had centuries ago when it was used to build architectural wonders like the Taj Mahal and the Acropolis. Today, marble is a staple, multipurpose material which can be used to dramatic effect in the modern home. Marble benches are particularly popular as the material is not only aesthetically pleasing but makes a fantastic work surface in heavy traffic areas.

Marble benchtop colours

Choosing marble for your kitchen benchtop opens up a world of design possibilities. Traditionally, white or very light coloured marble with few impurities was highly valued and this form of the material was most commonly used in art and architecture. However, marble actually comes in a wide range of colours and can be blue, gray, pink yellow or black in colour depending on the minerals it contains. In fact, marble with impurities tends to be a popular design option, as these ‘impurities’ are what creates the dramatic veins of colour that gives marble it’s distinct appearance.

Honed vs. polished marble

Marble benchtops come in two finish types: polished and honed marble. Honed marble has a softer more matte finish whilst polished marble is shiny and reflects light. For work surfaces, we recommend honed marble as polished finishes tend to show up stains and scratches more easily. However, if you prefer a polished finish, minor scratches or stains can be spot repolished with marble polishing cream applied with a soft cloth.

Cleaning a marble benchtop

For day to day cleaning, all you need is a soft cloth and some warm water. A microfiber cloth is ideal as this will pick up most stains or burns from honed marble. Conventional kitchen cleaning products should be avoided at all costs as these can burn into the surface of the marble, causing long-term damage.

Because marble is porous, it absorbs all types of liquids so it’s important to keep surfaces clean and wipe up any stains (or even water) as quickly as possible.

Removing stains from a marble benchtop

If your marble benchtop does happen to stain, there are a number of things you can do to lift the stain. Different types of stains require different treatment.

Water and mold stains
  1. These stains can generally be removed with a marble cleaner and a soft towel (a microfiber towel is ideal)
Acrylic paint
  1. Use a lacquer thinner and then carefully scrape away excess with a razor blade
Ink and paint
  1. Wipe down the surface using warm soapy water. Then rinse and wipe dry
  2. Put rubbing alcohol on an absorbent pad then then cover the stain
  3. Wait a few minutes, replace the alcohol pad with one moistened with ammonia
  4. Continue to alternate the pads every few minutes until the stain is removed
Acid based stains
  1. Mix baking soda or flour with a low to medium concentration of hydrogen peroxide and a tin oxide compound to create a thick poultice
  2. Clean the stained area with water and leave the area damp
  3. Spread the mixture over the stain, cover with plastic wrap and leave until the poultice is hardened and dry
  4. Lift the plastic and slough off the poultice with a plastic spatula
  5. Repeat until the stain is removed
  6. After this process is completed, you may notice the surface of the marble has dulled. If this has occurred, re-polish using marble polish and a fine cloth
Rust
  1. If the rust is relatively new, then it can be cleaned away with a fine wire brush
  2. If the rust is well established, you can make a poultice using 1 cup of a commercial rust remover product make sure it is non-acidic) mixed with baking soda or white flour until the poultice is the consistency of cake icing
  3. Clean the stained area with water and leave the area damp
  4. Spread the mixture over the stain, cover with plastic wrap and leave until the poultice is hardened and dry
  5. Lift the plastic and slough off the poultice with a plastic spatula
Oil based stains
  1. Make a poultice using 1 cup of a acetone or mineral spirits mixed with enough baking soda or white flour so it is the consistency of cake icing
  2. Clean the stained area with water and leave the area damp
  3. Spread the mixture over the stain, cover with plastic wrap and leave until the poultice is hardened and dry
  4. Lift the plastic and slough off the poultice with a plastic spatula
  5. Repeat the process if required
Organic stains
  1. Make a poultice using 1 cup of 6% hydrogen peroxide mixed with enough baking soda or white flour so it is the consistency of cake icing
  2. Clean the stained area with water and leave the area damp
  3. Spread the mixture over the stain, cover with plastic wrap and leave until the poultice is hardened and dry
  4. Lift the plastic and slough off the poultice with a plastic spatula
  5. Repeat the process if required

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