Pure stone counter tops are being extensively used because the optimum product for the kitchen attributable to their pure magnificence, stain resistance, acid resistance, and skill to be cleaned up rapidly.
Marble has been used for 1000’s of years within the previous world as a result of it was comfortable sufficient to be labored with hand instruments, and but sturdy sufficient for a number of generations of customers.
Marble is just not as consumer pleasant in a kitchen setting as most granites are. The house owner should know that the majority marbles are dolomitic or calcium based mostly and might be worn down by mechanical and chemical measures (sanding, scratching, and etching).
Each day dwelling with a marble high would come with:
1) At all times utilizing a chopping board
2) At all times utilizing coasters below glasses
three) Hiring a fabricator to utterly seal the highest, as an alternative of a single coat that’s the business customary.
four) Cleansing up spills as they happen
5) Totally cleansing the counter as soon as a day with a non acidic stone cleaner.
6) By no means permitting acidic based mostly cleaners into the kitchen (grout cleaner, CLR, rest room cleaner, tile cleaner, and a few hand soaps (particularly with citric components), and so forth
The house owner is suggested to buy the very best (ceaselessly the costliest) penetrating stone sealer out there and making use of as soon as each 12 months. Even sealers which are designed to final a lifetime on granite, can and will likely be eliminated by mechanical abrasion and acid etching. Penetrating stone sealers will not be designed to thwart these forces, however will present extra safety than untreated stone.
Since marble is softer than many different stones used for counter tops, the house owner have to be made conscious that it’ll scratch with use. The commonest sources of scratching embrace: abrasives in ceramic tableware, dust or abrasives being left on the countertop after which dragged throughout floor whereas cleansing, and so forth.
Marble is extra simply “shocked” than tougher supplies. “Gorgeous” happens within the mines, on the sprucing plant, on the boat journey, by the importer, the fabricator, the installer, and generally by the house owner. “Shocked” stone displays “whitish” micro fissures the place the stone has been broken or hit by one thing as laborious as or tougher than the marble. There is no such thing as a recognized method to utterly restore or disguise the “stun” marks.
Marble might be fabricated and put in with both a full polish or a honed (satin) texture. Absolutely polished tops will present acid etching far more readily than a honed one.