The look of a marble countertop in a kitchen can instantly upgrade the feel. It looks so nice it might even make you think you can cook better. Marble also provides quite a bit of utility with its ability to withstand heat from dishes while also cleaning up simply with a microfiber cloth and quick wipe. Each slab is completely unique as well, so there is no chance that the neighbors can have the same one. What could be the downside?
What is etching?
If you have ever been to a fancy bar or even the home of your friend that has marble countertops, you probably noticed a few scratches or rings on the counter. You may have even thought that they were not taking care of the counters properly. These rings or dull spots are referred to as etching and are the result of a chemical reaction that happens when the stone comes in contact with certain acids. Marble consists of calcium carbonate, which interacts with the acid and leaves a dull mark on the surface of the smooth stone. This mark is not a stain, but rather an actual change in the stone's composition as the surface is eaten away by the acid. The longer the exposure the deeper the etch can become.
What causes etching?
Most kitchens have their share of acidic products. Some household cleaners are acidic and are great for cleaning the bathroom but should not be anywhere near marble counters. The low pH level will quickly remove the sheen from your countertop and leave them appearing dull and damaged. But it's not only cleaners that are acidic and can damage your counters. Everyday products like lemon juice, tomato sauce, soda, vinegar, and even coffee or wine can all leave marks on the counters. Unlike with carpet, where stains can be prevented if the spill is not allowed to dry, etching can begin as soon as the acid comes in contact with the stone. This means even a single drop of orange juice left or some coffee underneath a cup can leave a mark on the counters.
How can you prevent etching?
Preventing spills is a great way to keep your counters shiny and new. Coasters, trivets, or even just towels can help protect the marble from ever coming in contact with the acids. But we all know spills happen, especially if you have kids or enjoy hosting parties.
The simplest way to prevent etching is to have paper towels or soft cloths nearby so that spills can be cleaned up as quickly as possible. Addressing the spill or drip right away can minimize or eliminate the potential of damage.
Choosing a cleaner that is made for marble countertops is another simple way to keep your counters looking great for the long haul. There are several options available that are formulated to not damage the natural luster of the stone. One great option is MORE™ Stone & Quartz Cleaner + Protector. It's formulated specifically for use on natural stone and is neutral pH, so it's gentle enough to use every day.
However, none of these options will actually prevent etching on your precious marble countertop or surface. So what's the best way to prevent marble etching? MORE™ AntiEtch™. MORE™ AntiEtch™ will stop etching and staining caused by acidic foods and liquids. Our innovative solution forms a durable, ultra-low visibility, super-thin, coating that prevents the toughest stains and caustic solutions from coming in contact with your marble countertop surface. MORE™ AntiEtch™ is professionally installed, which provides the peace of mind that your marble is protected from life's daily spills - you'll be able to finally relax when you throw that dinner party!