Etched Marble - Etching of marble is caused by a chemical reaction that occurs when the surface of the marble is exposed to acid. This can be either direct contact with an acid, or when acidic substances are allowed to remain on the marble surface for an extended period of time. Acidic substances can come from a variety of sources, such as cleaning products, food and beverages, or even from the environment. When the acidic substances react with the calcium carbonate in the marble, it causes the surface to erode, making the marble look dull or scratched and more vulnerable to further damage.
To protect the marble from further damage, it is important to take preventive measures to keep it clean. This includes regularly cleaning the surface with only non-abrasive, pH-neutral cleaning products, as well as ensuring spills are cleaned up immediately to avoid prolonged contact with acidic substances. Additionally, it is advised to avoid using harsh chemicals or highly acidic substances when cleaning marble surfaces. With these precautions, the marble can remain beautiful and vibrant for many years to come.
To further protect the marble from damage, it is recommended to use a sealant designed specifically for marble surfaces. A sealant will create a barrier between the marble and the environment, forming a protective layer that will prevent the acid from eroding the surface. It is also important to reapply the sealant regularly to ensure that the marble is properly protected. Additionally, it is best to avoid direct sunlight or other sources of intense heat on your marble countertops, as this can cause discoloration and fading.
For the best and long lasting protection of marble countertops, it is recommended to use a superior sealant specifically designed for marble. It is called Sheerstone. This coating will form a protective layer between the marble and the environment, preventing the acid from eroding the surface, and it is guaranteed for 10 years! You only have to do this once and it is good for many years. This saves in the long run from having your marble sealed every year. For more information on this countertop sealing process contact a Sheerstone dealer today. Call 800-964-2330.