Smartstone Composite Marble Dull Spots
(Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
I purchased "Smartstone marble composite" for my kitchen countertops unaware how sensitve it would really be.
I am noticing small stains or dull areas and don't know how to get it back to it's shine.
I have put butcher block in heavily used areas and am careful with anything directly on top of the countertop.
It's a brand new counter and if I had it to do over I would have put granite like I had before, but I like the finish and look of this product. Unfortunately I don't like the dull spots! Help!!
The Smartstone composite marble countertops are engineered or man-made countertops using marble and a binding resin much like quartz countertops (similar to granite).
But just like a marble slab or tile, these composite marble surfaces will etch upon contact with acidic food, drinks and common cleaning products that are too harsh for marble.
The acids corrode the marble, taking away the shine and leaving a dull spot called etching. For a complete explanation of etching
, marble polishing and etch mark repair...click here
Etching can be repaired on pure marble, however, I'm not sure if it will work on a man-made marble surface, but I doubt it because of the resins in the composite.
Often when man-made countertop surfaces are damaged they can be more difficult to repair (and sometimes cannot be repaired) versus natural stone which can always be repaired.
If you'd like to try using an Etch Remover product you'll find our recommended product available to Saudia Arabia under the International product category
. But, I'd suggest contacting Smartstone to see what they recommend you use.
Of course, this will be an ongoing problem. It's impossible to avoid etching marble when installed as a kitchen countertop, which is why it is not recommended for that area of the home.