Marble Countertop FAQ
Marble products are processed from blocks
that are quarried all over the world. This
metamorphic rock is comprised primarily of
calcium carbonate and other minerals that create
a wide variety of colors.
Marble is commonly used for vanities, floor
tiles, wall tiles, & other surfaces such as
fireplaces, columns, steps, thresholds
Can I use a marble
countertop for my kitchen?
Marble countertops can be scratched more
easily than harder stone such as granite. Marble
is sometimes used in the kitchen as a pastry
slab; its perfectly smooth, cool surface is
ideal for rolling out dough and piecrusts.
However keep in mind that the ideal material for
the kitchen is granite. Marble pieces that have
a honed finish will not etch because their
surfaces start out with a matte finish.
Because marble (and limestone) are calcium
carbonate, the polished surface is more
vulnerable to household acids including vinegar,
mustard, ketchup, citrus and a host of other
food-related products. These acidic substances
cause a chemical reaction that will remove the
It is a natural stone formed from fossil
sediment deposits, which have been placed under
the earth′s tremendous pressure for at least a
few million years. The combination of the
natural materials in these deposits, along with
natural geologic events, produces unique veining
with a richness of depth and intensity. Marble
material is generally softer than granite,
therefore scratching occurs more so on marble.
This characteristic should be considered when
making your stone selection. Generally, marble
countertops are recommended for such places as:
bathrooms, bar tops, fireplaces, etc; and
granite countertops are generally utilized for
kitchen countertops. Aside from our
recommendations, if so desired, Marble can be
used for any countertop.
Marble is available in a multitude of colors
from light to dark, and generally boasts
beautiful flowing veins. This unequalled beauty
makes marble a natural choice for countertops,
bath vanities, wall and floor tiles or slabs,
and tub and fireplace surrounds.
Commercially, the term "marble" applies to
any compact limestone that will take a polish,
which includes most of the colored marbles,
except some of the greens.
Does green marble
countertop require special
Some green stones, such as the "jades" from
Taiwan, are not truly marble, but a different
material called serpentinite.
Serpentinites, or serpentines, as they are
sometimes called, do not etch or react to acids
the way limestone and marble do, and are
somewhat harder. Green tiles of this family must
always be installed with an epoxy adhesive to
prevent the curling that can take place if a
water-based setting material is used.
What is honed marble or
limestone and where can it be used?
Marble or limestone that is honed has a matte
or satin finish, rather than a high reflective
polish. This is achieved at the factory by
stopping just short of the last stage of
polishing. One feature of honed marble is that
it doesn′t show etching as readily, or wear
patterns on floors. Some prefer it because it
has a less formal, softer appearance than
polished stone and is also a good choice for
Etching happens when acid in some form comes
in contact with a polished marble or limestone
surface. This causes a chemical reaction that
removes the polish, or roughens the surface of
honed stone. Green marbles, such as the "jades"
from China are resistant to etching, and granite
is impervious to any common household acids
Can your company make a
custom marble countertop for me?
Yes, we can build a custom marble countertop
for you. Our custom made countertop is also a
very affordable option for our customers.
What′s the best way to
clean stone countertops and other stone
The rule of thumb is never to use anything
you wouldn′t normally use on your hands. Never
use powdered cleansers or abrasive pads to clean
your stone. Even "soft scrub" type cleaners
contain pumice, which is powdered volcanic
stone, and might damage your stone countertops
or floors. Never use any product that is acidic;
this includes substances like ammonia or many
common liquid cleaners such as Windex. You
should always use sealers and cleaning products
designed specifically for natural