The Truth About Marble Countertops
When it comes to kitchen improvements, marble is one of the most popular choices by many homeowners for their kitchen countertops. Marble has that natural charm and timeless appeal that no technology could ever imitate. Apart from that, its use is not limited to your countertops; it is also widely seen as columns, pillars, stairs, and even on castles and temples.
Marble is a piece of art itself. However, despite its popularity and beauty, there is still information going around that marble should not be used on your kitchen countertops. Because aside from being pricey, its maintenance can be high also. So, should you or should you not use marble for your kitchen countertops?
Marble Staining and Absorption Rate
Marble is porous in nature. However, its absorption rate depends on the type of marble you use. Keep in mind though that the lower the absorption rate of the marble is, the lower the risk for stains. So when installing marble countertops, look for the types that have low absorption rate such as Bianco Carrera and Statuary.
You can just use water with soap and cleanse it with warm water. For stubborn stains, there are poultice solutions that you can purchase over the counter.
Marble Etching and Dulling of Color
While it is true that marble isn’t heat resistant, can etch easily, and may lose its shine, there are also ways to prevent it from happening. Be careful not to accidentally whack with a stockpot and other heavy objects as it might get chipped. Do not cut acidic foods right on top of your marble countertop as acid is the number one enemy of marble. Acid eats away the calcium carbonate component of the marble, leaving it with dark spots and making its color dull. You can also opt for honed marble for your kitchen countertop as it is more resistant to etching.
To prevent staining and forming of water rings, it is best to use trivets, placemats or coasters when putting hot objects on its surface.
Marble maintenance is the reason why some homeowners are hesitant to install marble countertops. However, the resale value for a home with properly maintained marble countertops is also higher compared to other materials. Having your marble countertops professionally sealed upon installation will give added protection against damage. The number of times to reseal your marble will depend on how often you use it and its exposure to UV radiation.
You will know if your marble countertop needs resealing by putting a glass of cold water on its surface. Then pick up the glass after a few minutes. Typically, condensation will form on the surface of the marble countertop. However, if you see a dark circle forming on the marble countertop, then it is high time you reseal the marble. For more information on marble countertops or if you’re interested in having a consultation, contact us at Southpoint Kitchen & Bath. We have years of experience in the business and are happy to help you with every aspect of your project!