Marble countertops are making a comeback as top interior designers around the world incorporate them into kitchen and bathroom designs (read: Calacatta Viola marble). Now that you’ve purchased a marble slab for your kitchen or bathroom countertop, cleaning and maintaining it doesn’t have to be a chore using this how-to guide.
Clean up spills immediately (blot, don’t wipe). Even the best-sealed marble countertop could stain or etch if spills aren’t caught and cleaned up as soon as it happens.
For daily cleaning, you could either purchase a specially formulated natural stone cleaner from any home improvement store (make sure to read the directions) or make a cleaning solution with items that you already have in your house. You’ll need one tablespoon of mild dish soap that doesn’t contain phosphates or degreasers, ¼ cup of 91% isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, and warm water to fill up a spray bottle.
Lightly spray the cleaning solution on your countertop and wipe it off with a hot, wet dishcloth. Wipe the marble countertop dry with a dry and soft absorbent towel.
Stains are sometimes inevitable even if you’re fastidious about cleaning. Do not use abrasive cleaners like Soft Scrub, Ajax, Comet, dry powdered cleansers, Scotch Brite, or scouring pads with aluminum oxide on your marble countertop as these will scratch your stone.
Tough stains might require using a poultice, which is a paste that is applied and left for two to three days to pull the stain from the marble. You could purchase a commercial poultice product from any home improvement store, or make your own using baking soda, water, and/or hydrogen peroxide. A poultice will remove the sealant from your countertop, so make sure to reseal it after removing the stain.
If using a poultice doesn’t work, consider calling your countertop installer to see if they can help.
Regular sealing of your marble countertop will extend its life and maintain its shine and polish over time.
One way to tell if your countertop needs to be resealed is to do a water test. Put a few drops of water on your countertop; if it beads, the seal is still good. If the water gets absorbed into your countertop, it’s time to reapply a sealant. Check with your countertop installer on a good impregnating sealer (food-grade, if it’s used in the kitchen).
With a good understanding of how marble works and armed with the basics of maintenance, you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature in your own home. That is why natural stones like marble are so unique and one-of-a-kind
Today, I visited Maestro Surfaces,... read moreToday, I visited Maestro Surfaces, searching for a particular design in a piece of granite to be used as a countertop in my kitchen. After going to several stone companies, I was very pleasantly surprised by Teresita Laviada, an associate of Maestro Surfaces, who was most knowledgeable, and who directed me to exactly the piece I was looking for. The company offers a wide selection of full slabs to view, and the slabs are in a covered warehouse, so viewing and selection was done in a very comfortable environment. Both employees, on duty, were friendly and professional, and to impress me further, their prices were lower than any place I had been previously. Maestro will be my "go to place," for any stone work that I have done in the future. Very Impressed! read less - 11/20/2022
Just wanted to give a... read moreJust wanted to give a shout out to Gabriel. He helped me locate the color I was looking for and managed to get it delivered the same week. He was professional and courteous, which is great when someone like me comes in and has no idea what to look for. read less - 9/25/2022
Visited Maestro, after visiting 3... read moreVisited Maestro, after visiting 3 other showrooms. We were promptly greeted by Terry. Terry was by far the most pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Terry and Maeszro for your Granite, Quartz and/or Porcelain needs. Super people to deal with. read less - 8/25/2022
So helpful!! I was... read moreSo helpful!! I was very impressed with service and willingness to help me find just what I needed …my job was small and I still received top notch h service. Work with Herendida…she was engaged and kind and got the job done quickly! I went to another Houston granite supplier and was left to flounder on my own and then my selection disappeared before my contractor could pick it up…Maestros was worlds above both in service and selection. So happy I came here read less - 5/25/2022
The best experience. Theresita and... read moreThe best experience. Theresita and Hear are extremely knowledgable. The moment I walked in Hear was so sweet upon entering the show room. Theresita was so kind and guided me the entire way. Took me all around the warehouse and gave with great detail an explanation of each stone that I had a question about. Answered every question when I had my doubts. Very happy with my purchase. read less - 5/25/2022
Maestro's Surfaces was amazing! Not... read moreMaestro's Surfaces was amazing! Not only is their customer service extremely personable and helpful but their facility is very high quality. They have great prices and one of a kind slabs! Teresita was extremely knowledgeable and showed us some very unique pieces. For a great experience overall please shop here! read less - 3/25/2022
What a fantastic experience making... read moreWhat a fantastic experience making selections for kitchen, bath and laundry countertops, staff is extremely helpful and patient while looking for 3 hours, warehouse men pulled materials and ready assisted with decision Process, Teresita is the best. read less - 3/25/2022
By far the best experience... read moreBy far the best experience we had while looking for granite. Everyone here was so nice and patient specially Teresita, they pulled multiple slabs for us . We visited multiple businesses and this was the only place that took the time to personally make sure we were taken care. We will definitely be back for our next project. read less - 3/25/2022
Wow, Maestros Surfaces is amazing,... read moreWow, Maestros Surfaces is amazing, they have great variety of natural stone, I been looking everywhere in Houston, my contractor mention this place and I can assure that this is the best customer service I have received in the whole Houston area. I want to thank MARIA GODINES, specially after learning that she is just been in Maestro Surfaces for a week, every one is amazing, from the reception desk to the slab handlers, I highly recommend Maestros Surfaces to home owners, designers, contractors or anyone looking for counter tops, BEST PLACE EVER!! read less - 3/25/2022
Herendida was so professional the... read moreHerendida was so professional the whole time she assisted me. She helped me select the perfect countertop for my outdoor kitchen. If I could give her more stars, I would! I absolutely love how efficient, friendly, and professional the whole staff is at Maestros. Thank you so much Herendida for helping me with my selections, I am so happy I found what I was looking for and for all of your help! 10/10 recommend!! read less - 3/25/2022
Bendiciones Espero y todos puedan... read moreBendiciones Espero y todos puedan leer esto Fui a barios lugares a buscar piedra para mi cocina y no m desidi; pero llegue a maestro surface y solamente al entrar fue muy diferente q en otros lugares,la srita q estaba ahi enseguida s levanto nos saludo y nos hizo sentir en familia ;empeso a haser preg sobre lo q buscabamos y comenso a aclararnos dudas y darnos informacion correcta y certera d los materiales el nombre d esta persona amable y preparada para tratar a la gente con dudas como yo ; ella se llama HERENDIDA Gracias Herendida Dios les bendice read less - 3/25/2022
Maestro Surfaces were extremely helpful... read moreMaestro Surfaces were extremely helpful in assisting us in getting the perfect Quartz for our remodel. Teresita was extremely patient with pulling out various pieces until we were sure on our selection. Thank you Teresita and Maestro Surfaces. read less - 2/25/2022
Amazing selection of natural stone... read moreAmazing selection of natural stone slabs! We had visited all of the major slab yards in the area before discovering Maestro. We were able to find the perfect quartzite option for our kitchen island for nearly half the price of the other slab yards. We went with MLE granite as our fabricator and couldn't be happier. Reyna was super helpful and provided us with a sample to take home. Great customer service. Highly recommend! read less - 10/25/2021
Go to Maestro’s for the... read moreGo to Maestro’s for the best selection, best prices, and the best customer service! I see many reviewer‘s here had the same experience that I did with Roger. I looked all over Houston for soapstone for my kitchen remodel before finding exactly what I was looking for at maestro! In fact, the day I went they had so many slabs to choose from I had a hard time deciding! Roger was very patient and helped me narrow down my choices. He even watered down the slabs so I could see what they would look like when sealed/or oiled. He allowed me to look at as many slabs that I needed to and assured me that moving them was not a problem...if you have been looking for granite /marble for long, you know that most yards get very grumpy when you ask to see anything that is behind the top one, so I appreciated that very much! Roger also followed up after I made the purchase to answer a few questions that I had about point of origin! All in all, it was a great experience and I would highly recommend Maestro to anyone that is looking for any kind of granite, marble, Soapstone, etc! If they don’t have what you are looking for, I don’t doubt they would try to find it for you. I also don’t doubt they would try to beat any competitors price so don’t hesitate to ask! I did not have an installer and they allowed me to buy it out right from them which was great !! So much appreciation for Roger and Maestros ! I’m a happy customer 🙂 read less - 10/25/2021
Great customer service - Go... read moreGreat customer service - Go see Roger!! Huge inventory, good pricing, high quality materials & did I mention go see Roger, he's a delight and was so helpful with our kitchen remodel. We visited many of the major stone suppliers, Maestro truly is the best! We'll be back when we remodel our bathrooms. read less - 10/25/2021
Great place to do business... read moreGreat place to do business with and Great selection. We purchased a granite slab but later when project was starting our contractor said we needed a second slab to complete the project. We are so grateful to Blanca who was able to get us a second slab and have it delivered. Will recommend them to everyone we know. Thanks Blanca read less - 10/25/2021
I would rate Maestro Surfaces... read moreI would rate Maestro Surfaces as a 5 stars. Roger was extremely professional and knowledgeable. He helped me find the exactly slabs I was looking for. He knows his product and keeps going tell he finds the exact one you want. Roger made my experience first class compared to other stone places. I highly recommend Roger at Maestro for all your quality stone. Bonus the slabs are indoors . read less - 10/25/2021
By far the best experience... read moreBy far the best experience we had while looking for granite. We visited approximately 5 businesses and this was the only place that took the time to personally make sure we were taken care of while looking at the granite they had on location. Roger talked to me about design and helped present granite that would fit our situation and Blanca worked a great price for us. I would highly recommend giving them an opportunity to earn your business if looking for natural stone. We will definitely be back if we ever need countertops again. read less - 10/25/2021
Roger Coreas at Maestro Surfaces... read moreRoger Coreas at Maestro Surfaces has been amazing! Straight forward in his opinions when asked, extremely helpful with suggestions. He even took the time to help me pick out flooring at a flooring store! Thank you Maestro for having a helpful staff everyone else there seems to be just as kind even without a word. A simple returned smile speaks volumes in today’s world. 😊❤️ read less - 10/25/2021
Update 4/13: Maestro Surfaces... read moreUpdate 4/13: Maestro Surfaces was able to successfully resolve this issue listed below. Thankfully we hadn't found/bought a quartz we liked so we still need the Calcutta Honed that we were looking for. Glad we got our Quartz finally. First and foremost I encourage folks to still shop here and support local businesses. My experience her was not one I hope anybody else will ever have to go through. We first showed came to visit Maestro Surfaces in Feb 2021 and found a great slab that we can see in our dream kitchen (Calcutta Santa Leather) at the time we were told it was on sale for $999 (we have proof) we were never told how long it would be on sale for so we took some time to shop around. Couple weeks later (Mar 2021) we arrive again to see it and we were told price is no longer on sale and the Quartz price origally listed on our sales rep paperwork they could not offer it at that price anymore. Ofcourse we were heartbroken because $2,000+ for a quartz was just out of our budget. Here's the kicker. Even after admitting they made a mistake by not making it clear how long the quartz would be on sale. They offer to make it right by offering us a similar quartz (Calcutta Santa Honed) for a similar price. Only thing is that they FAILED to mention that the (Calcutta Santa Honed) was Discontinued and in reality did not know when they would have one in stock for us to pick up. We were told they would have one in 1 week or so (lies) and they would call and let us know. Today 3/22 We had made several attempts to call and leave messages for them to call us back about the Quartz that they alleged they would have already. My wife or myself never recieved a call back even after I drove 40 minutes showed up and asked what was going on with the quartz we were told they would have. They would not offer the (Calcutta Santa Leather) for the sale price from March 2021. and only offered to reduce the price which was still over $2,000. Sorry but that is not something me and my wife can afford at this moment. He have to now keep searching and find another local vendor and give them our business because I have an island ready to go. I just need the Quartz. Thanks and God Bless read less - 10/25/2021
After searching tirelesly all over... read moreAfter searching tirelesly all over the Houston area, we were so excited to find just the right quartzite products for our total home remodel! Blanca and the entire team were beyond helpful and patient as they walked us through the warehouse, moved several slabs around for us to inspect, and gave us their professional insight. I can't say enough good things about this business, their products, and customer service. My sincerest thanks to Maestro Surfaces from @kellyscasa! read less - 10/25/2019