How to Seal a Marble Dining Room Table

As you guys know, we finally have a dining room table. It only took us about 10 months of living in our home to take the plunge and choose one. Can you tell we like to weigh all of our options first?! Ha!

dining-roomBut lo and behold, we finally chose a dining room table and I could not be happier with our purchase! Our marble table is seriously stunning, and these photos do not do it justice. During the entire first week of it being in our home, I’m pretty sure I “pet” it everyday while walking by. Yep, weird. But that’s how much I love this baby!

marble-tableBecause my love for this table runs deep, you can bet your bottom dollar that I am going to do everything in my power to keep it looking great for years to come. And because it’s marble…that means that sealing it right away was my top priority!

Why seal marble?

marble-tableEarlier this year we chatted about the importance of sealing your granite countertops. It’s just as (if not more!) important to seal any marble, or else you’re leaving the porous stone exposed and open to staining and markings. Even something as simple as putting a glass of iced water on an unsealed piece of marble can leave a water ring. No bueno. So it’s really important to properly seal marble and continue to keep up on that seal every couple of years.

marble-table-tuff-duck-spongeBefore the table even arrived, I had already researched dozens of products to find the best one to seal our porous marble. After reading lots of tutorials and reviews, I went with Tuff Duck (which I found on Amazon, because online shopping is the only way I know how these days! #prime)

Suppliesmarble-table-sealer-tuff-duck

  • Stone Sealer (I used the brand Tuff Duck)
  • Kitchen Sponges
  • Rags
  • Beach Towels (to keep your surrounding surfaces clean from over-spray)

Steps

1. First, I wiped off the table with a dry rag and made sure it was squeaky clean.

marble-table-beach-towel2. I shook up the bottle of Tuff Duck and put beach towels on the ground where I was going to spray, so it wouldn’t over-spray onto the ground. Then I started spraying generously in a small 2ft x 2ft area.

marble-table-seal-sponge3. Per the directions, I made sure to keep the area very wet and evenly coated. To get it even, I used a kitchen sponge and patted the sealer all around that small area. The sponge really helped ensure that I didn’t miss any areas, and it kept any areas from being too heavy, and others too light.

marble-table-seal-wet4. I continued doing this until the entire table was covered with sealer. I had to keep moving my angle to make sure it wasn’t drying. If an area looked dry, I simply sprayed and patted that spot again.

marble-table-wet-sealed5. The instructions inform you to keep the area fully wet for 15 minutes. So again, if it looks like it’s drying…spray some more sealer on there!

marble-table-sealer-sponge-rag6. Once it’s been 15 minutes, I wiped the excess sealer off with an absorbent rag. You’ll want to make sure you get all of the sealer off of the table.

7. Because I’m suuuuper nervous about our table getting stained, I decided to repeat this process twice to make sure it was completely protected! That second coat went on 30 minutes after the first. The bottle says full protections happens after 24 hours, so we avoided using it until then (which was pretty easy since we didn’t even have chairs at this point…)

marble-dining-room-tableAnd seriously…that’s it! Not very hard, right?! Seems totally worth it to take some time upfront, instead of being stuck with a stain or watermark FOREVER!

I’m not gonna lie though, even though the table is sealed I still find myself always using a coaster. Plus when we eat we use placemats. Am I being overly crazy? Any other marble owners out there want to ensure me that it is totally safe? No one ever likes to be a crazy coaster lady.

But can you blame me? It’s just sooooo pretty.seal_a_marble_table casey_sig

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  • Trang

    Ha! I can so relate to this Casey. I ‘pet’ my new granite counter tops too (it was just installed Friday). Can’t resist. Luckily the installers told me that it was already sealed for 5 years so I’m good for now.
    I do have a newer marble coffee table I purchased that I have yet to seal so this is a wonderful post to have. Thank you!

    • Congrats on the new countertops, Trang! Lucky girl! I bet they’re gorgeous.

      And so exciting about the coffee table. If we didn’t get a marble dining one, I was definitely going to go with marble for a new coffee table. Good luck sealing…seriously so easy!