When calestone is pressurized and recrystallizes beneath the surface of the earth, it becomes marble. Alabaster shows a range of colors and lines flowing across the stone, despite the considerable heat and pressure of the recrystallization phase, all things marble sealant.
While stunning, alabaster countertops are chemical reactive as they are made of a porous stone. The porosity of this material means liquids that come into contact with it will be easily absorbed. This feature renders the stone an unacceptable option for a busy family’s kitchen or bathroom. If you have alabaster in your home’s powder room or other decorative area, it’s important to carefully maintain it or you may be damaging the surface.
If spills arise on marble countertops, quickly clean up the messes otherwise the floor can be marred by the product. Often cover the surface of stone by using mats or trivets, since the surface may be harmed by hot objects and things with sharp edges. If the personal care products are stored on the counter, always place the bottles on a tray to prevent stains. Always cut the marble base, as the stone may be damaged.
It is necessary to keep the counter surface sealed to maintain stone quality. Sealed marble resists staining, because the sealant removes the material’s porosity. After deployment, the alabaster is sealed so gradually the sealant will peel off and you may need to reseal the countertop. You can need to reseal once or twice a year, depending on how regularly you use the marble base.
Etching is another issue for countertops built from marble. Acidic liquids will remove the shine from the surface with etching, and leave it dull. When etching is finished, you may be able to recover the material’s elegance by polishing it.
Dust marble countertops to hold them fairly consistently. General cleaning simply requires a slightly damp cleaning cloth to wipe the surfaces to remove dirt and soiling. Never leave damp or humid soil, as this will affect the alabaster. Do not use industrial cleaners such as chlorine, abrasives or acidic cleansers to scrub this stone sheet. Using such toxic chemicals has been known to etch the counter surface and make it black.
Your alabaster maker may have different items it suggests for surface cleaning and maintenance. If you receive a recommendation, follow it to ensure that you are taking proper care of the surface. A neutrally pH cleanser can softly clean while holding the sealant on the paper. Never combine alabaster cleansers while washing.