Installing Kitchen Countertops: Cultured Marble
Installing cultured marble kitchen countertops is budget friendly and fairly easy to do. There is no grout to apply or clean during installation, which makes the whole procedure less stressful. Cultured marble kitchen countertops are a better option than tiles and other natural stones when it comes to ease of maintenance.
Here is a step-by-step guide for installing kitchen countertops:
- Measure the areas that you need to cover. Remove the old countertops and sink, but leave the cabinets intact unless you are planning on replacing them, too.
- Slide the countertops in their places without glue. See if they fit properly. You may need to trim the countertops to fit into the areas that are not a perfect square. If necessary, do so.
- Add the backsplashes and make sure that they also fit tightly against the back walls. Make the necessary adjustments if the areas are not perfectly square or if you see any gaps.
- Verify that all of the corners and sides fit properly.
- Using rubbing alcohol or another cleaner, wipe off all of the dust from the back of the marble.
- Glue the materials using a 100 percent clear, silicone caulk adhesive. Clear silicone adhesives are sticky and will not leave stains on light cultured marble. Avoid using dark-colored adhesives for they may show through the cultured marble once they are dry.
Do not use the countertops until at least eight hours have passed to ensure that they have settled evenly on top of their bases. Clean the countertops with a damp cloth or sponge along with water. Avoid using harsh, abrasive materials to prevent scratches.