With its unmistakable beauty, the sophistication of marble and marble countertops offer a distinctive look to any home.
Let’s answer some questions you may have about marble and marble countertops.
How is marble made?
Like granite, marble is also a natural product formed underneath the earth’s surface. Marble consists of crystalized limestone or dolomite.
Where does marble come from?
Most of the world’s marble is harvested from Italy, China, India and Spain, however, marble deposits can be found in countries all over the globe including Greece, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Russia, Romania and Germany.
What colors are available for marble countertops?
Because marble is a totally natural product, no two slabs of marble are identical. Marble is known for its thick or subtle flowing veins and comes in various colors including white, gray, beige, pink and green.
What finishes are available for marble countertops?
Marble can come in either a honed or polished finish. The honed finish provides a matte, non-reflective look, while the polished finish offers a mirror-like glossy appearance and has better protection against staining and scratching.
Is marble durable?
Marble is known for its beauty. Because marble is softer and more porous than granite, marble countertops are susceptible to etching (scratches) and liquid stains. However, 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?
Contrary to popular belief, you’ll be surprised to discover that marble countertops don’t need the extraordinary or time-consuming care you might have expected. In reality, 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 of marble’s natural makeup and sensitivity to acidic products, you will need to choose the right cleaners to keep your marble countertops looking their best. It’s best to use a mild, neutral pH detergent or stone soap when cleaning your marble countertops. Do not use acidic cleaners like vinegar or lemon juice, abrasive cleaners, alkaline cleaners not made for stone.