For those looking for a beautiful natural stone countertop look, marble should be one of the first options you look at. Marble is one of the most aesthetically pleasing stone products out there, and it’s no shock that it’s one of the most popular countertop products as well.
At Intermountain Stone & Marble, we have a variety of marble countertops for your home. One common question we get from clients looking for marble countertop installation: Is it suitable for a kitchen where heavy cooking will done? Marble and other natural stones are slightly less durable than something like quartz, for instance, but this absolutely does not mean they aren’t suitable for a significant cooking environment – as long as you do the right research and take the right steps to protect them. Let’s look at all the basics here.
Basic Protection and Stains
One of the primary concerns from some clients here is hot pots or pans, which some worry will compromise countertop integrity if they come into contact. Firstly, we’re here to tell you that this is very unlikely – our marble products will not be melted or cracked by hot pans, so you don’t have to worry about this.
On the other hand, these hot materials can lead to staining and discoloration. For this reason, we recommend using trivets, hot pads and other forms of basic protection for very hot pots and pans being placed on your countertops.
Like other natural stones, marble is porous – this means it will absorb water and other liquids, which in turn can damage or permanently stain the countertop if you don’t take the right steps. Luckily, there’s a simple solution available: Sealer application.
Regularly applying a basic stone sealer helps fill all the little areas where moisture could make its way into the stone. It will also protect against light scratches and etching. We can help you with regular stone sealing using the proper sealant materials, which takes a day or two for first application and needs to be done at least once a year – possible more often if your marble is a very light color.
Cleaning and Spills
With proper sealing, marble countertops are very easy to clean. They just need soap, water and a soft cloth or sponge. Stick with mild soap or detergent so as not to risk any staining. If you have a very stubborn stain, you can use a water and baking soda paste to clean them. Never use acid-based cleaners or items like vinegar or lemon juice, all of which can damage the marble.
If any food or liquids spill onto marble countertops, sealed or otherwise, cleaning them quickly is vital. Failing to do so can lead to permanent stains, particularly for tomato-based stains, red wine or similarly dark stains. If these kinds of spills are a common risk, consider coasters, trays and mats to protect countertop areas.
Chipping or Cracking
Marble is strong and durable, and if you take the proper care listed above, it will last for decades. Sealing prevents basic scratching and etching. At the same time, you have to be aware that it’s not indestructible – it can still be cracked or chipped with heavy impact or sharp items, so be careful about the activities you take part in around it.
For more on marble countertop care in a busy kitchen, or to learn about any of our granite or marble countertops, speak to the pros at Intermountain Stone & Marble today.