Marble In The Kitchen
CAN I USE MARBLE IN THE KITCHEN?
WE HAVE THE ANSWER.
“I love the look of marble, but I heard you should never use it in a kitchen. Is that correct?” At Unique Stone Concepts we hear that question on a daily basis. The answer is, on one hand it is absolutely the best choice. On the other hand, it just may not be quite right for your next kitchen project.
Marble gives you a timeless, classic look that is truly “Unique”. From the Italian marbles such as Carrara or Calacatta to the American Danby marbles like Imperial or Mountain White to the well-known Spanish Crema Marfil and Emperador Dark, your design options are limitless. Marbles not only give the kitchen an open, friendly feel but they are heat resistant, an added benefit for those who love to cook. In addition, marbles are easy to clean and will not harbor bacteria. These are a few reasons that people around the world have used marble in residential and commercial kitchens for years. Travel to Europe and you will see the ubiquitous nature of marble.
There are a few downsides to marbles however. First, many marbles are porous so they can be prone to staining from red wine and oils. That being said, staining has become much less of a concern recently because of the widespread use of stone sealants that actually impregnate the pores of the marble and prevent liquids from staining. At Unique Stone Concepts, we are proud to offer the MORE sealant which is an all-natural sealant guaranteed to prevent stains for twenty years. So when properly sealed, staining is no longer a problem.
The real issue with marbles is that they will scratch and etch over time. So unlike granite, you should not cut directly on a marble countertop. And a marble kitchen will often develop a natural patina over the years. Some people put marble in their kitchens exactly for this reason: they love the patina look. We recommend that anyone who uses marble in a kitchen should use a marble with a honed finish (smooth finish with no polish) because the polish on a marble will etch over time.
So if you want a kitchen to look exactly the same in five years, then we recommend you select one of our many granites, quartzites, or quartz materials. On the other hand, as long as you fully understand that marble may etch and scratch over the years but still want this beautiful, timeless look, then go for it and join the thousands of others who use marble in kitchens. Unique Stone Concepts has many beautiful slabs available for selecting, if it’s your imagination, it’s in our inventory.
Some questions to ponder as you make your design decisions:
What’s the application in the home? Marble is a natural product, it will change, age and wear over time. High traffic and use will speed this process.
What is your client’s attitude? Are they the type of person that wants their surface to look exactly as it did the day it was installed?
How does your client live? Is this the type of homeowner who picks up after each use in the kitchen? Or the type where a counter wouldn’t get wiped down until the next morning?