Marble is a marvelous material that adds an element of beauty to any home. But when you have a marble kitchen or bathroom countertop, you need to make sure it doesn’t wear out or incur damage.

Taking care of marble countertops isn’t difficult, though, and with the right steps, is even simple and easy.

If you’re looking for ways to prevent your countertops from getting damaged, here are a couple of things you can do:

Clean Your Countertops Regularly

You don’t need to clean your countertops every day if you don’t use your kitchen on a daily basis. But make sure to clean up immediately after cooking or if you spill something.

Marble countertops are beautiful, but they aren’t resistant to mold and fungi. Dirty countertops invite insects and mold. Since marble is an organic material, it’s more prone to damage from fungi than other materials.

You can use mineral oil to clean the surface, but make sure you don’t use it on a regular basis. Once a month is fine. Make sure to leave the oil on the countertop for five minutes before cleaning.

Apply a Sealer

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After you’ve cleaned your countertops, make sure to use a chemical-free and non-toxic sealer. A sealer will treat the countertops and prevent mold and fungi. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe the counters clean so that there’s no moisture left behind.

After you’re done, apply a second coat 15 minutes later and then let the sealer soak in for five minutes. Use the microfiber cloth to wipe the counters, ensuring no moisture is left behind.

You need to do this at least once a month for good results.

Use a Damp Cloth to Remove Stains

Make sure to use a damp—and not a wet—cloth to remove stains. You don’t want water seeping into the marble countertop. You can use baby wipes as well. Make sure you don’t scrub the countertop, as it can scratch the surface.

Don’t use tissues; always use a soft cloth or wipes.

In Case Your Marble Countertops Are Damaged

If your marble countertops are cracked and damaged, inspect to see if they can be repaired. If they’re damaged beyond repair, it’s best to replace them with new ones.

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