What is Etching?

Etching is a concern for all homeowners in King of Prussia, Blue Bell, Wayne, and West Chester who are considering upgrading their countertops. But what is etching, and what can you do to prevent it?

To help you find out, Villa Marble & Granite is here with everything you need to know about etching and what you can do to keep it from happening in your kitchen.

What is Etching?

Etching is a chemical reaction that results in dull marks on countertops when the surface comes in contact with acidic substances, such as lemon juice, coffee, and wine. Common household cleaners containing bleach and other harsh chemicals can also cause etching.

As soon as an acidic liquid touches the kitchen countertop, it will begin to eat away at the shiny surface which causes the dull mark to appear. The severity of the mark will depend on how long your countertops have been exposed to the acid. The longer it takes to remove the substances from the surfaces, the more pronounced the mark can be. Also, it can even lead to staining.

Tips for Preventing Countertop Etching

Etching can be quite difficult to remove depending on the severity of the mark. However, there are a few things you can do to keep it from happening.

Here are some helpful tips on how to prevent etching on your kitchen countertops:

  • Clean Surfaces Right Away
    If you accidentally spill coffee, wine, or any other acidic substance on your countertops, you’ll want to wipe away everything as fast as you can. The longer the liquids stay on the surface, the more it’ll eat away at the shiny coating and cause severe damage.
  • Use Placemats and Coasters
    You can keep your kitchen countertops protected from etching by using placemats and coasters under glasses and plates when you’re cooking or sitting around your countertops enjoying a quick snack.
  • Use the Right Cleaners
    Certain cleaners can cause etching. So, be sure you’re only using cleaning products made for your specific countertop surface (granite, marble, or quartz) to keep your countertops looking new.
  • Seal Your Countertops Every Year
    Typically, stone countertops should be professionally sealed every year to preserve its like-new condition and keep it protected from normal kitchen wear and tear. If you want to minimize the risk of etching, annual sealings can help.

Learn More Today!

Etching is something that can occur in homes across Philadelphia, Ambler, Phoenixville, and Plymouth Meeting. If you want to prevent it from happening to your countertops, the information, tips, and the guide above, as well as the team at Villa Marble & Granite, can help.

Thanks to our experienced countertop experts, we can help you learn more about how to keep your countertops looking like new. And, if you’re ready to upgrade, we’ll work with you to find the right, durable material for your kitchen. Best of all, we’re proud to offer a quick turnaround time of just three to five days depending on the size of the project.

So, don’t wait—contact Villa Marble & Granite to learn more about our options and how you can keep your countertops etch-free.

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