Cultured marble is not the same as natural marble. Cultural marble care is also different from that of real natural marble. Cultured marble is made from the stone’s dust and a binding polymer. The main advantage of cultured marble over natural stones is that it can be molded. It is often molded into countertops, vanities with the bowl and other household items.
While it may not be as hard to care for as it’s natural counterpart, cultured marble does require some special care. Cultured marble is sanded to a fine finish and given a special gel coat that makes the surface hard, shiny and durable. The gel coat also makes the cultured marble waterproof. It prevents staining, bacteria and mold also.
How to Care for Cultured Marble
The surface of cultured marble is fairly durable, but can still be scratched by some chemicals and abrasive materials. If you follow some simple cleaning and care instructions, the cultured marble accessories in your home will retain their beauty and shine for a long time to come.
Steps for Cultured Marble Care:
1. Before much use, while the product is still in excellent condition, apply a coat of special wax that is made for cultured marble. One product specifically made for cultured marble is called Gel-Gloss. You could also use automotive paste wax. Use a clean applicator and a buffing cloth to apply and shine. Waxing gives a clean shiny finish and helps to protect the surface. If there are any deep scratches in the finish, have them professionally repaired before you apply the wax.
2. You should never use abrasive cleansers such as Soft Scrub, Ajax or Comet. Also keep acetone away from the surface. Acetone like that from finger nail polish remover and cigarette burns are two of the most damaging things to cultured marble in the bath room.
3. Use only non-abrasive cleaners such as window cleaners, foam cleaners, or just a wet rag and soap to remove toothpaste and other dirty messes. If you are cleaning a shower made of cultured marble, spray on a cleanser and let it set in before wiping off the soap scum with a soft bristled brush.
4. Hard water damage and mineral deposits can be cleaned with cleansers sold to clean iron, calcium and other mineral deposits. Take care to read the instructions and don’t leave the products in contact with the cultured marble for prolonged periods of time.
5. To avoid damage such as cracking from thermal shock, avoid contact with extremely hot water. Always mix hot and cold water in your sinks and tubs. Never let water above 150 degrees come in direct contact with the cultured marble.
Cultured marble has become very popular for use in bathrooms in particular. It gives a unique classy look that sometimes cannot be achieved with the real thing. By eliminating grout lines and inconsistencies in the stone, cultured marble provides a more professional looking surface that can be shaped any way you want it.
If you follow the simple care instructions above, your cultured marble products will likely outlast the rest of your home. They are not as susceptible to damage as real natural stone because they are made in a factory and given a special protective gel coat that makes it waterproof and protects the actual surface from harmful elements such as the many liquid items that are used every day in most bathrooms. So take care of your cultured marble and your cultured marble will take care of you.
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