The Pros and Cons of Marble Countertops

HI Friends!  I hope you are all having a wonderful week!  It has been an incredibly busy summer here at the ranch with many visits from our family and friends and that means my kitchen is getting tons of use everyday!  I am often asked about the countertops in both my kitchen at the ranch and our kitchen in California, so today I'm telling you all of the pros and cons of having white marble in my kitchen and bathrooms.

 OUr Ranch Kitchen with Carrera Marble

OUr Ranch Kitchen with Carrera Marble

I have honed white marble in both kitchens as well as our bathrooms.

 Our California Kitchen with Statuary Marble

Our California Kitchen with Statuary Marble

1. What kind of marble are your countertops?

The counters in our ranch kitchen are a typical honed Carrera marble with a simple square edge.  They have subtle gray veins throughout and a soft grayish-white cast.

The counters in our California kitchen are a less typical white marble called Statuary Classico, which is a sister stone to Carrera marble. It generally has more pronounced gray veins and larger white areas.  The backsplash is a Carrera marble in a herringbone pattern. 

White Marble Countertops

2. Do your countertops stain or etch?

I have had marble countertops in my kitchens for the past fifteen years and I have never had an issue with staining of any kind, including from red wine.  What I have had occur on all of my counters is etching from anything acidic, including citrus juice, tomatoes and even milk.  I have always had honed marble, so the etching is less of an issue than with polished stone, but nevertheless, I don't think there is any way to avoid that type of marring.  What I can tell you, is after I recovered from the first few marks, it became part of the patina of the stone and for me was no longer a big deal.

I also have a ton of cutting boards, both wood and marble and use them for any type of cutting, chopping or hot pans or pots. I rarely put anything directly on my counters that might stain or etch them.

 Statuary Marble

Statuary Marble

3. Does your marble chip, scratch or crack?

I have never had my marble crack in any way.  It can definitely scratch more easily than a harder stone, but I have also never had that issue. Sadly I have had a  small chip on the edge of my counter, but in all honesty it was my fault.  Hitting the edge with a cast iron pan was not a great move.  : /  Fortunately, I saved the piece that chipped off and my stone installer was able to fix is so that you can not even see where it happened.

 Carrera Marble in our master bath

Carrera Marble in our master bath

4. Do you seal you marble every year?

I did have my counters professionally sealed when they were first installed.  I was told at the time that I should have them sealed yearly, but to be honest, I completely forgot.  I imagine that the etching might have been lessened if I had the maintenance done regularly, but I know it would not have stopped the wear and tear completely, so I just let them age naturally.

 Statuary Marble

Statuary Marble

5. What do you use to clean your marble countertops

I have been using the same stone cleaner for the past eight years and I absolutely love it!  It is Method Daily Granite Cleaner and it has kept my counters sparkling clean.  I spray it directly on my counters and wipe with a dry cloth.  I use this product on all of my natural stone in the house and have had great results.  It also has a fresh apple scent!

If you speak to natural stone professionals, they will likely tell you to use a mild soap mixed with water.  I have found that this does not get my counters as clean as Method.

So, if you are considering marble counters in your kitchen or bath, I hope this helps you make a decision.  It is not for everyone.  If you want perfect counters that do not etch or scratch, I would not suggest marble.  But, if you love the look of marble, do not be afraid of getting them...I have been nothing but happy with mine!

Have a great day!

Karen

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