Marble has always been a desirable material for the home. Its beauty and elegance are undeniable. Back in the day, it was too expensive for ordinary folk, but times have changed. Marble is now among the more affordable stone materials for kitchen countertops, and the perfect choice for many kitchen remodeling projects.
However, many people are hesitant about committing to marble countertops, or anything with marble for that matter, because of the many myths surrounding it. You could be missing out on an opportunity to make your kitchen and home truly elegant and awesome. Here we tackle some of the top myths about marble and debunk them big time.
1. Marble needs a lot of TLC
The top myth about marble is that you need to devote a lot of tender loving care to it. This is not true at all. Marble requires just a reasonable amount of care, about the same as you would devote to any stone countertop or wood furniture. Since marble is a natural stone, it has some level of porosity, which is why installers apply a sealer to it after installation. The sealer does not totally prevent staining, but it gives you time to wipe up spilled liquids before it gets a chance to seep into the stone itself.
Daily maintenance of marble is also quite simple. All you need is some warm water, mild dish soap, and a soft cloth to give it a good wipe and dry. If some stains will not wipe off, you can try a baking soda and water poultice to lift it out. Simply mix baking soda with a little water until you get a stick paste, apply it on the stain, and leave it to dry. After about 24 hours, scrape it off gently with a plastic scraper or old credit card and rinse. The stain should come right out.
2. Marble is merely decorative
Marble looks good. But the myth that it is merely decorative is unfounded. Marble is tough as stone, because it is stone. You can use it for a whole lot of functional stuff in the home. For example, it works very well as kitchen countertops, bathroom vanity tops, wall tiles, and flooring. You can even use it for fireplace surrounds and hearths.
Marble is particularly suitable as a pastry table because it is usually a few degrees cooler than the ambient temperature. It is also naturally smooth and fine-grained, which makes it a very versatile work surface for any part of the home. Of course, it also looks fantastic, but that is just a bonus.
3. Marble costs too much
You probably think that since marble looks so elegant that it costs the earth, and most people still believe that. However, marble is one example of the maxim that the best is not always the most expensive.It is true that some types of marble are so rare that they are very expensive, but you can find many marble slabs available that cost about the same as granite or quartz stone per square foot. It depends on the marble you choose and choosing a cheaper one will not affect the way it looks at all. For example, most people would not be able to distinguish between Carrara and Calacatta marble, as they are both white marble with gray veins.
However, Calacatta marble is rarer, so it is more expensive.
You might be surprised to learn that concrete countertops are generally more expensive than marble, granite, or quartz. Picking on marble as an expensive material is not based on reality.
4. Marble is not food safe
One myth that many people believe about marble is that it is not safe for food preparation because it is porus. Because it is porous, bacteria can grow in them. If this were true, then the Food Safety and Inspection Service would not recommend it as a cutting surface.
Some sites claim that marble has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, which might be true. However, the fact is properly sealed marble is not porous, so if you have real marble with the right seal, it should be safe to use in the kitchen. In fact, many professional kitchens use polished marble surfaces to do chocolate work and pastries, and they would not be allowed to do that if it were not safe to do so.
You can safely leave your food safety fears behind when it comes to marble. Just make sure that the seal of your marble countertops is intact and clean it regularly to remove surface dirt.
5. Marble is too soft to last
This is not true. Marble is relatively soft compared to granite and quartz, which is why it is such a favorite with sculptors. However, it is still stone, so it will last for a very long time with reasonable care. Even if it sustains a multitude of scratches and etches, these are surface damage. They will not hurt the integrity of the stone itself. Give it a good refinish and it will look, and work, as good as new. Better yet, make sure not to scratch and etch the surface in the first place!
Debunking these popular myths should give you some confidence in choosing marble for your next home improvement project, especially when putting in new bathroom vanity and kitchen countertops. To make sure everything goes well, find a reputable countertop specialist in your area to carry it out for you.
Keystone Granite & Tile can help you out. With showrooms in Lancaster and Horsham, Pennsylvania as well as New Castle, Delaware, we will walk you through each marble slab and explain how each can benefit you in your kitchen or bathroom remodel. We also offer a wide selection of granite slabs if you decide to go that route.
If you prefer engineered stones, we carry the top brands in the engineered stones industry such as Cambria, Caesarstone, Silestone, and MSI, all with manufacturer warranties.
Once you have chosen your slabs, we provide free professional design consultation and quotes, so you know exactly where you are before committing. Also we have a quick turnaround, so you will get your products on time and on budget.
We are experts at fabricating and installing marble countertops, so you can be confident that you will get the very best in product and service quality. We service the areas surround Columbus, Ohio, Delaware cities, Lancaster and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
Give us a call or send us an inquiry through our website to set the ball rolling!