Engineered or cultured marble countertops are made using a mix of resin and crushed marble dust. This means you can get the look and feel of marble, but at a much lower price point. This also means that they are much easier to care for than real stone countertops. Of all the different types of countertops, engineered marble are one of the most popular low cost alternatives.
If you want to take care of your engineered marble worktops, maintenance is pretty simple. All you need is a coat of wax every few months to keep your countertops shinny and sparkly. Regular cleaning with domestic cleaning products will keep your worktops looking their best.
Start with spraying your worktops with a mild, all-purpose cleaner and wipe it off with a damp sponge. Be careful to squeeze the water from the sponge to avoid puddles, and rinse the cleaner well. Use a towel to dry the surface afterwards.
To remove watermarks and soap scum from cultured marble countertops, mix one half a bottle of white vinegar and half a bottle of water. Use a spray bottle to apply this mixture to stubborn marks and let it soak for 30 to 45 minutes before rinsing with a clean wet sponge. After the solution is rinsed, dry the cultured marble surface with a clean towel to make sure there are no more watermarks
Be careful never to apply vinegar without diluting it, and do not use bleach or other very corrosive cleaners. That could cause permanent marks on the marble that you would need to sand clean. To be on the safe side, test any new cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous spot and avoid letting it soak for long periods.
Drying your countertops after every use and cleaning them regularly is the best way to keep your cultured marble worktops looking amazing for longer. Every few months you can follow with a coat of countertop wax or fiberglass polish in order to get the shiny finish looking like new and protect from staining.