Many consumers are apprehensive about the amount of care and maintenance marble countertops require. However, due to the quality of our materials and the processes and products we use during fabrication and installation, the reality is that the care of your Phenix Marble counters could not be simpler.
Stone countertops can be sealed using one of two ways - with a topical sealer or with an impregnating sealer. We use an impregnating sealer on all our finished countertops for the following reasons:
- Impregnating sealers do not change the appearance of the stone
- They are breathable, which means water vapor will not become trapped in the stone and cause damage
- They are not affected by UV light, unlike some topical sealers, and will not cause yellowing over time
- Topical sealers sit on top of the stone (hence the name) and are much softer and more susceptible to damage. Impregnating sealers are absorbed into the stone to create a natural repellent against contaminants
- Impregnating sealers do not have to be stripped and reapplied. The product we use on our stone only has to be applied once in the entire lifetime of the countertop
For those customers who desire the patina of aged Phenix marble, simple vegetable oil or diluted seed oil can be used to achieve this effect. The oil will cause a natural darkening of the stone, resulting in a more distinct contrast between the ivory colored fossil inclusions and the taupe bands of stone. This process can be done upon completion of fabrication or at the time of installation.
No special cleaning agents or solutions are required to care for your Phenix countertops. Most of the time a damp cloth is all you need, beyond that, a diluted solution of gentle dish soap and water can be used. Vinegar and other acidic or abrasive cleaners should be strictly avoided.
Please contact us with any other questions about the care and maintenance for the Phenix marble in your home.