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Are Marble Kitchen Countertops a Good Idea?

by Patricia Hughes

Posted on February 16, 2018 07:00:00 AM

Typically, marble is not recommended for kitchen countertops, due to the porosity of the stone and how high-traffic a kitchen tends to be. However, some homeowners insist on marble for its timeless beauty and luxury. While the natural stone industry offers many alternatives, if you have your heart set on marble and are willing to provide the care and maintenance to keep it looking great, marble may be the perfect choice for your kitchen.

The Allure of Marble

Marble has been used in architecture and interior design since Ancient Greece and Rome. There really is no substitute to exquisite white colored marble for elegant, luxurious interiors. Marble brings classic and timeless elegance to any interior design style. In addition to enhancing the beauty of your home, it may also increase your property value. Marble is available in polished or honed finishes.

Most marble is white with grey veins, ranging from light grey to dark grey. Some of the most popular white marble stones include Calacatta Oro marble and Statuarietto marble. In addition to white, there are more exotic color variations and darker colored marble options available, such as black, golds, and reds. Some types of marble have veins in colors other than grey, such as white, red, and blue.


Statuario Marble


The Drawbacks of Marble

Marble is a soft and porous stone. This is the main reason it is often not recommended for high-traffic kitchen countertops. Because it is a softer stone, it is susceptible to scratches. You should avoid cutting directly on the countertop to prevent scratches on the surface of the marble. Always use a cutting board to avoid damaging the countertop.

In addition to scratches, marble is susceptible to etching. This can happen when acidic foods or liquids like red wine and tomato sauce,  come into contact with the marble. The acid in the food will etch the surface of the countertop. This can be avoided by keeping acidic foods and liquids away from the marble. For this reason, marble is better suited for homes with where cleanliness is a top priority and spills are wiped up immediately.


Calacatta Oro Marble


Caring for Marble

Your marble countertop will look great, as long as you treat it with care. In order to avoid etching or staining, you should avoid spilling foods and liquids on the counter. When something does spill, make sure to wipe it up immediately. Sealing your countertop can help protect the surface and make it less prone to these marks. Marble kitchen countertops should be sealed up to four times each year.

When cleaning your countertop, it is important to use products that are specially formulated for marble. Traditional kitchen cleaners contain chemicals that can etch the surface of the marble.