Cultured marble is essentially a blend of pulverized natural marble and resins, forming what is known as Cultured marble. Similar to cultured onyx and cultured granite, the natural stone-based material makes for a great countertop material in place of natural marble and is more affordable.
Cultured marble is also sustainable, being able to utilize the scrap pieces from carving out raw marble. Today, artisans make use of different stones, materials, and marble slabs to create designs ranging from a mimicry of natural marble to specific designs using a mosaic-style pattern. Cultured marble is preferred by a handful of designers for its ability to be customized in shape and pattern.
Benefits of Cultured Marble
Cultured marble products come in a vast array of color options, which can depend on the stone particles mixed in. Color stones create a minimalistic and monotone coloration, while different natural stone mixes create a stunning display of colors perfect for marble countertops, shower walls, and other conspicuous areas.
Due to its moldable properties, Cultured marble has the versatility that natural stone cannot achieve. Comparable to corian and quartz countertops, Cultured marble countertops offer a natural-looking finish without the high prices.
As a raw material, Cultured marble can be made to fit into specific home designs. Molds are prepared in advance, and the structure is created upon order to a specific blend of stones, as well as specific materials, finishes, and other details. This makes it incredibly easy to secure cultured marble for anything from bathroom countertops and shower stalls to kitchen counters and other interior surfaces.
While it may not be as hard as some other natural stones, cultured marble still boasts an impressive durability that makes it resistant to chips and scratches. However, it’s still recommended to avoid cutting directly on the surface or dropping heavy objects onto it.
How to Clean Cultured Marble
The best way to prolong the longevity of your cultured marble is through regular cleanings. Here’s how you can clean your cultured marble surfaces!
- Prepare the Area - Any recent stain or spill has to be addressed before cleaning. After removing any chunks and debris, you can get a clean cloth and blot away as much residue as you can, making sure to dab and not rub. For regular cleanings, you can skip this step.
- Choose Your Cleaner - You can create your homemade cleaning solution by adding a few drops of mild liquid dishwashing soap into a bucket or bowl of warm water to create a soapy water solution. You can also use a commercial marble cleaner with a neutral pH level.
- Begin Wiping - For those using a marble cleaner, take the time to read through the manufacturer’s label and follow these instructions thoroughly as these should be your primary reference. Otherwise, get a clean cloth or sponge and dip this into your solution before squeezing out any excess liquid. Then, start wiping the surface or stained spot with circular motions, working in small areas at a time. Repeat this as many times as necessary.
- Rinse and Dry - When you’ve wiped down the entire marble surface, get another clean cloth or sponge and dampen this with water before using this to remove any remaining cleaning solution residue. Then, get another clean cloth to gently wipe and dry the cultured marble completely.
Other Cleaning Tips
Use Non-Abrasive Cleaning Implements
While the surface is non-porous, the resin is still in danger of scratches and stains. Stains can happen when scratched surfaces create microscopic pockets that lock in dirt and oils. Brushes like steel wool, scouring pads, and hard sponges are not ideal, as they may scrub away the protective gel layer.
Use Mild Cleaning Solutions
Bleach, strong alcohols, and concentrated cleaners can corrode the resin, and make the surface look cloudy or have a rough feel. The protective coating has limitations in the strength of cleaners used on the surface, so best to stick to mild cleaning solutions.
The type of resin used is also dependent on the manufacturer of the cultured marble, with some resins more durable than others. Certain cleaners, like skin-safe multi-surface cleaners, can be used with caution. When in doubt, test the cleaner on a small patch first and observe for any reactions
Apply a Layer of Wax or Protective Material
As an added protection, apply a wax or oil seal on your Cultured marble to give it a shiny finish, buff out shallow scratches, and protect the Cultured marble from moisture. Applying a thin layer of seal helps to keep the Cultured marble in pristine condition for a longer time.
Call the Professionals
As beautiful and aesthetically pleasing as cultured marble may be, it also requires diligent maintenance and regular cleaning. Fortunately, Luce’s staff of professional cleaners is equipped with years of training and experience to clean your cultured marble surfaces with the utmost care that’ll leave them sparkling clean after every session.
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