Is marble suitable for a kitchen cabinet table top?

Marble may not be the best choice for a kitchen surface top. Although it can be sealed, it is not as dense as granite and therefore it is more porous and susceptible to being stained in a highly used area like a kitchen. It is much softer and it will chip and crack under frequent use.

What is the difference between granite and marble?

The main difference between granite and marble is that granite is a highly dense material composed deep inside the earth’s core while marble is formed from sediments usually found under the seabed. Both solidify into stone after millions of years but the mineral composition of the two stones makes marble and granite react differently to various chemicals and household cleaners. Because marble’s (and marble’s relative: limestone, onyx and travertine, etc.) main component is calcium, it can be affected by acids such as vinegar and citrus beverages.

Is marble really appropriate to use in living areas?

Yes. Since ancient times, marble has been used in all areas of the aristocrat home; from furnishings to floors. Marbles have proven as durable as materials traditionally considered to be sturdier with the added benefit of creating a warm welcoming atmosphere.

Should I use marble or granite for my kitchen cabinet table top?

Although typical application of marble is for the bathroom vanity tops, Jacuzzi tops and fireplaces, it is possible to use it in the kitchen. However, due to the fact that it is easy to scratch and is affected by acidic substances, such as vinegars, ketchups, etc, we don’t usually recommend it. Moreover the high-gloss of the marble counter top can be partially lost as many chemicals etch its surface. Granite in turn is considered the second hardest stone, its polish is not subject to etching by household acids, or scratching by knives and pots and pans under normal use. It is also not affected by typical kitchen heat such as hot pans.

What is the best way to clean marble and other natural stones?

The old rule of thumb is never to use anything you wouldn’t 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 kitchen cabinet table tops or floors. Never use any cleaning product which is acidic; this includes substances like ammonia or many common liquid cleaners available at the departmental stores. You should always use sealers and cleaning products designed specifically for natural marble stone.