Nowadays, countertop consumers have set their minds that marble isn’t a good choice for their kitchen. Is it really?
Marble is porous – allowing oils and stains to seep into the stone – and softer than granite or quartzite, allowing scratches and chips. It also is soft enough to allow etching, which simply means that water and acids can leave marks that are barely visible on the surface (usually only seen if looking at the surface from a particular angle). There are obviously other countertop options, as well, such as granite, quartzite, quartz, etc but for today’s purpose, we are going justify the character of marble for kitchen.
A marble countertop in a kitchen where cooking happens won’t always look pristine, no matter how well you maintain it. Part of the beauty of natural stone, is it acquires a patina over the years that lends character, and many people consider that an asset.
But there are still some things you can do to protect and preserve it.
1. Start with a good sealant
Marble is one of the more porous stones, so you have to protect the surface by keeping it well sealed, When you buy the
countertop, there’s no sealant on it. You could ask the installer to apply the sealant, but you can easily do it yourself once the countertop is in place or as a routine maintenance.
Sealant is needed for whatever finish you have on your countertop. The most common marble finishes are either polished, for a
high-gloss surface, or honed, which produces a softer matte surface. These days, ninety percent of marble kitchen countertops are honed, That doesn’t show scratches as much as a polished surface, but it does leave the stone more susceptible to stains.
2. Clean daily—with care
To ensure that the sealant remains effective, you should wipe down your countertop daily using a nonabrasive cloth or sponge and only a mild soap (such as dish detergent) and water. Clear up spilled food right away,before it can seep in and cause a stain or discoloration (that can happen overnight, even with sealant in place). And obviously, keep some good-sized cutting boards on hand for food prep so that staining substances won’t come in contact with the countertop. Coasters help, too—red wine and coffee-cup rings are common culprits. Try not to strip the sealant away and leaving the stone wide open to stains with abrasive cleansers.
3. Periodical Sealing
Some suggest once a year, or more often if needed. How to tell if reapplication is required? If water beads on the
countertop, the sealant is still working; if it soaks right in, it’s time for a refresher. Consult with the marble fabricator about the recommended sealant for your marble to ensure that it’s nontoxic, food-safe, and the best sealer for
your particular stone.