Ask The Experts (Part 2)
Is marble a family friendly kitchen countertop? Should I use slate in my shower? Our experts break it all down for us in part two of our Ask the Experts series.
I’ve read marble isn’t family friendly in the kitchen. Is this true?
“Marbles are a softer material,” explains Maranda, “they’re more porous so it is easier for you to do something to them. They’re more susceptible to staining and etching.”
Sylvia Woody, in-house design consultant, also adds, “I’ve sold marble to people that have children. They like the natural patina. One of the nice things about technology these days is there are some really excellent sealers out there on the market. So if you love marble, and if you just have to it, I say get it.”
I want the limestone look. Do I have to seal it more than other stones?
Elliot explains, “Most stones should be sealed. There are so many great sealants out there that you can seal the stone with so you don’t have to worry about it staining.”
And he adds, “Some limestones have been used in kitchens for a long time.”
Maranda says “It is going to take more sealing than say a marble even. Limestones are typically something you would use in a less traffic area, so depending on your wear and tear in that setting, depends on how often you have to seal it.”
Can I use slate in my shower?
“Slate is a product that a lot of people don’t understand”, explains Elliot. “Slate can be used interior, can be used exterior, can be used in shower applications. The one downside on slate, for instance in the kitchen, it can scratch a little bit, but you can take those scratches out.”
Do I need to seal it?
Maranda says, “Any natural stone you’re going to need to seal at some point and time. In a shower setting with all those chemicals from your shampoos, soaps, harsh waters, and things like that. You will need to seal these things.”