Marble countertops are an iconic choice for your kitchen decor, especially with the bright white kitchen trend that is all the rage right now. However, marble is not the most durable material that you could choose for everyday use. It is prone to stains, scratches, and damage, especially if you’ve got a messy lifestyle.
Marble countertops are a beautiful choice, but sometimes beauty requires work to maintain. So, how can you enjoy the beauty of marble and your red wine, too? Continue reading to learn several ways that you can improve the overall practicality and durability of a stunning marble kitchen.
Seal Your Countertops Regularly
Possibly the most important action you can take to make your marble countertops more practical and fit for everyday use is to seal them. Using a marble sealer on your countertops will help prevent damage such as stains, etching, and scratches.
TuffSkin is an effective stone lamination sealer that guarantees that your countertops will never etch or stain.
While many marble sealers are a liquid, TuffSkin is a 4 mm. laminate material similar to a phone screen protector that will effectively protect your countertop from scratches and etching. It comes in large rolls that will protect the top flat surface of your stone when installed. If your TuffSkin becomes scratched or damaged, it can be easily replaced, leaving your countertops always looking brand new.
TuffSkin not only services residential purposes but hotels and restaurants, too. If you own a business and want to give it a high-end look, pair marble countertops with TuffSkin in your kitchen or bar.
Protect Your Countertops Daily
If you want to make your marble kitchen a practical choice for your home, the first step is to be prepared to protect it from everyday wear and tear. Be sure to have potholders, coasters, and cutting boards handy. Use these everyday tools to prevent stains and etching from permanently damaging your countertops. Here are some ways that these tools can be used to protect beautiful marble countertops:
- When cutting acidic fruits and vegetables, using a large cutting board will prevent spills that can permanently etch marble due to the acidity. And of course, this will protect your counter from scratches due to cutting directly on the countertop.
- Using a potholder rather than placing a hot pan directly on the counter will keep dullness at bay.
- Using a coaster will prevent condensation and moisture from your glass from reaching your countertops. This will prevent stains and rings.
- Wiping up spills quickly will prevent stains.
Opt For Honed Marble
Honed marble is a finish option for a marble kitchen that features a matte look. Honed marble countertops do not show etching, stains, and scratches quite as noticeably as polished marble. With regular buffing of honed marble countertops, stains and etching can actually begin to blend in with the countertop rather than standing out as a stark change in texture and shine.
TuffSkin enhances the colors of your marble countertop, whether it is honed or polished. Satin TuffSkin looks great with honed marble, and the gloss option accentuates a polished finish.
Pair it With Practical Kitchen Accents
When it comes to premium materials like marble in your home, it’s all about balance. When you choose a luxe material like marble for your cabinets and countertops, it may be a good idea to pair it with practical fixtures and accents that will make your kitchen the perfect space to comfortably enjoy everyday life.
Vinyl Plank Flooring
When caring for your beautiful countertops, choosing a low-maintenance flooring option will make your life easier and your to-do list shorter. Vinyl plank that looks like wood is an authentic-looking faux hardwood flooring option that is low-maintenance, yet beautiful. It is durable and does not require polishing that true hardwood floors need.
Climate Seal Window Inserts
Climate seal window inserts provide your windows with an added barrier against the outdoor elements. They keep heat inside in the winter as well as cooling in the summer. Window inserts can help regulate the temperature of your kitchen to prevent damage to your countertops due to changes in climate and humidity.
If your dream of gorgeous and elegant marble countertops seems out of reach, be encouraged. There are many effective ways to make this delicate material more practical for your home. With the use of durable TuffSkin marble sealer, as well as other simple preventative measures, you can enjoy your countertops without the constant worry of permanent damage.
Natalie Akins is the Interior Design Editor at Innovative Building Materials. With over 20 years of interior design experience, Natalie has worked on many projects including commercial office design and residential spaces.