With proper care, cultured marble can last you up to 20 years! However, their lifespan ultimately depends on you. Your marble countertops or shower linings need periodic cleaning just like anything else in your house, but using the wrong cleaning products can cause damage.
Caring for cultured marble involves more than just cleaning, however. What if the finish is scratched? What about spots left behind by evaporating water? Learning how to respond to any potential issue is an important step in prolonging your fixtures’ lifespans.
Bathroom countertops won’t require daily cleaning in most cases. However, you should try to wipe them down at least once a week. Use a soft, damp rag or sponge to wipe the counters with a mild soap. Dish soap is an excellent choice here. While it may be tempting to break out the big guns to get your bathroom especially clean, most of the supplies in your cleaning kit are likely too harsh for cultured marble. Abrasive cleaners such as Soft Scrub, acidic ones such as white vinegar, or anything that contains bleach can damage the finish. Repeatedly using these cleaning chemicals will make your countertops’ shine fade or even form pits as the finish dissolves. Keep harsh cleaners far away from cultured marble!
Careful homeowners shouldn’t store anything on cultured marble countertops that could accidentally scratch them. However, scratches will inevitably occur from time to time. Minor scratches are an easy fix. Buy some Gel-Gloss and use a soft brush to buff the scratch out until the surface is smooth again. Make sure to buff the entire surface with Gel Gloss annually to fill in any scratches you may have missed.
Pro Tip: If your cultured marble gets a chip or scratch too big for you to buff out, don’t fret! Give our team a call and we’ll get it resurfaced for you in no time.
If you spill a potentially staining substance on cultured marble, clean it up immediately to prevent it from seeping in. Unfortunately, some color may still be left behind. Depending on your preferences and what you have on hand, you may be able to remove the stain using anything from hydrogen peroxide to paint thinner. Be aware, however, that these stronger cleaning substances may damage your countertop while attacking the stain. Test a small amount on a discreet part of the countertop first to make sure it’s safe to use.
Keep Your Bathroom Sparkling Clean
A bathroom decorated with bright cultured marble feels vibrant and open. Now imagine that same bathroom with freshly cleaned and buffed cultured marble! You’ll give yourself a luxurious restroom to last for years to come.
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