How often should a marble counter top in the kitchen or in the bathroom be resealed?
Tom: Marble in a kitchen is a no-no; it just doesn’t work. I’m questioning whether that’s truly marble, or if he’s just thinking of putting one in the kitchen.
Charlie: Cultured marble maybe.
Tom: If he is, don’t. Cultured marble wouldn’t go in the kitchen either. Bathroom you would have cultured marble. You do not reseal those, although there is a polish you can use. It’s called Cultured Marble Polish, and it goes on like a car wax. If it’s truly a marble countertop then you really need to keep it sealed a lot. If you use any detergents on it that means you have to reseal it after every time you actually wash it. In a bathroom you can imagine with all the face soaps and everything, it’s hitting it, it’s going to stain it. I really question whether its a marble in the kitchen.
Charlie: Let’s take a flyer on that and say it’s granite.
Tom: Granite none, you don’t have to unless you just feel like polishing it up. There’s a great product called Stone Polish, that makes it look slick like glass. You don’t have to use a lot of sealers.
Charlie: Is the on the lighter ones?
Tom: What will happen with granite is on the lighter ones…
Charlie: Is it the stonework stuff. You can buy the bearings?
Tom: You can. What happens with granite is if it’s a light granite you put a wet glass on there. A little bit of water will get in there, but it will dry up and it will be fine. The sealer will help it from collecting some water before it dries up, but it won’t damage it. As far as marble though it is really porous, and you’ve got to be really careful. If you do have marble remember no alcohol, ammonia, or acids on it, and that means the basis of most cleaners, or lemon juice, or red wine or anything like that will tear marble up.