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The Do’s and Don’ts of Marble

For caring about high end surfaces, I went to the guru of all home perfection, Martha Stewart! Okay I didn’t really interview Martha Stewart but on her website, the Martha Stewart Living decorating director Kevin Sharkey recommends these steps to protect one of your most beautiful investments.

Seal

Sealing repels staining agents but doesn’t make marble stain proof. When water no longer beads, it’s time to reseal. Talk to the care experts at Marques Countertops for recommendations.

Protect

Vinegar, citrus, and tomato will etch marble; don’t let them sit on the stone.  Use coasters and cutting boards. Wipe up spills immediately.

 

Clean

Avoid using acidic or abrasive cleaners. Soap and water do a great job!

 

Spot Treat

The type of stain can really dedicate how you should treat it. According to the Marble Institute, identifying the type of stain on the stone surface is the key to removing it:

OIL-BASED (grease, tar, cooking oil, milk, cosmetics)

An oil-based stain will darken the stone and normally must be chemically dissolved so the source of the stain can be flushed or rinsed away. Clean gently with a soft, liquid cleanser with bleach OR household detergent OR ammonia OR mineral spirits OR acetone.

ORGANIC (coffee, tea, fruit, tobacco, paper, food, urine, leaves, bark, bird droppings)

May cause a pinkish-brown stain and may disappear after the source of the stain has been removed. Outdoors, with the sources removed, normal sun and rain action will generally bleach out the stains. Indoors, clean with 12% hydrogen peroxide (hair bleaching strength) and a few drops of ammonia.

METAL (iron, rust, copper, bronze)

Iron or rust stains are orange to brown in color and follow the shape of the staining object such as nails, bolts, screws, cans, flower pots, metal furniture. Copper and bronze stains appear as green or muddy-brown and result from the action of moisture on nearby or embedded bronze, copper or brass items. Metal stains must be removed with a poultice.

BIOLOGICAL (algae, mildew, lichens, moss, fungi)

Clean with diluted (1/2 cup in a gallon of water) ammonia

As always, if you are in doubt or have any questions, we are here to help! Call 504-276-1627

Please note that all tips in this article come from the Marble Institute of America (https://www.marble-institute.com/) and http://www.marthastewart.com/1058235/marble-care-and-maintenance-101. Marques is not responsible for any damage that may occur with the use of any of these tips and products. When in doubt, call an expert!

Remodeling Kitchen

Contractor: How to choose. What to ask.

I am a pretty good decision maker but there are a few things that make me nervous when choosing. One is a mechanic because I am completely clueless. It is possible someone could probably sell
me a flux capacitor. And 2 is a contractor because of the horrible stories a lot of us heard after hurricane Katrina. Let’s face it – Angie’s List exists for a reason. Home remodeling is a big deal and you don’t want to pay for it twice. Well, fear no more! Here are a few things you should know and ask before hiring a contractor:

  1. A permanent address: Okay, don’t make that face! It seems like a no-brainer but making sure your contractor is not from out-of-state of living out of a PO Box could really go a long way in case you are not satisfied.
  2. Ask for a referral: Talk to people you know and trust about who they used and how their experience was using a local company.
  3. Have a plan: Going into a business to ask for a quote is going to be hard if you have not done your research. Having a vague idea of what you want and the type of materials you are interested in really helps give a professional an idea of how much it will cost.
  4. Don’t hire the first one that calls you back: It is a good idea to get 3 quotes. Ask for a written bid/quote for the job so you can make sure you are comparing apples to apples.
  5. Ask about subcontractors: So you got a fair price and you like the company that has won the bid but when the work got started there were all these other people. Are they the company’s employees or are the subs? Casual day labors won’t be accountable and won’t be able to track down easily if the workmanship is poor.
  6. Don’t pay up front: A red light should be flashing and screaming at you if your contractor is asking for any more than 10% of the total before the job starts.

Marques Countertops is a family owned business and has been delivering excellent for 20 years. Located in Chalmette, we specialize in Solid Surface, Quartz, Granite, Marble, and Recycled Glass, for commercial and residential markets. We are happy to take time to meet with you, give you a free estimate and insure that your installation is done the right way the first time! Call us: 504-276-1627.