No other natural stone is as recognizable as marble. The beauty and sophistication of marble and marble countertops offer a distinctive tone to any home.
Let’s answer some questions you may have about marble and marble countertops.
How is marble made?
Being a natural product, marble is a form of limestone and shares many of its properties. In geological terms, marble is a crystallized form of limestone or dolomite.
Where does marble come from?
Marble deposits can be found in various countries around the globe. Such European countries as Italy, Ireland, Spain, Greece, Russia, Romania, Sweden, and Germany, in addition to others in Asia, are among the globe’s leading producers of this valuable rock. The USA is also a high-level marble producer with states such as Alabama and Texas having especially large deposits to be found within their borders. It is, however, Italy, China, India, and Spain who dominate global marble production.
Why are there color and pattern variations in marble?
Similar to granite, the look of marble is created by Mother Nature and no two slabs of marble are identical. Marble can come in various colors including white, grey, beige, pink, or even exotic green with obvious visual hallmarks of thick or subtle flowing veins throughout.
Can marble countertops have different finishes?
Consumers can choose between either a polished or honed finish for marble countertops.
A polished finish offers a reflective, mirror-like glossy appearance and has the best rating when it comes to protecting your countertops from scratching and staining.
The honed finish provides a matte look, which is more dull and not reflective. Although this is a relatively popular choice, it is more susceptible to scratching and staining.
Is marble durable?
Marble is considered softer and more porous than granite—if you’re not mindful, marble countertops can etch (scratch) and take on oil and liquid stains. Nowadays, there are sealers and stain removers that work well and while not indestructible, the beauty of marble countertops can remain beautiful and like new when cared for properly.
How much maintenance is involved for marble countertops?
You might be surprised to discover that natural marble really doesn’t need the extraordinary or time-consuming care you might have expected. In fact, caring for your marble is a breeze if you know what—and what not—to do.
Immediately after installation, have a professional apply a protective sealer which will help repel spills and buy you some time to clean up messes. Sealers should be reapplied once per year for marble countertops.
Because marble is mostly made of calcium carbonate, the natural material is very sensitive to acidic products. For this reason, it’s best to use a mild, neutral pH detergent or stone soap when cleaning your marble countertops. Make sure to rinse the surface with clean, clear water, and dry it after you’ve finished cleaning. Do not use acidic cleaners like vinegar or lemon juice, abrasive cleaners, alkaline cleaners not made for stone.
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