Marble has been used for countertops since the days of ancient Rome. It’s an ageless design option that continues to attract and enchant due to its beauty, versatility, functionality and durability. However, certain myths and misconceptions have arisen around marble as a countertop material that need to be addressed. So for the sake of setting the record straight, here goes:
Some Popular Marble Countertop Myths
- Marble Requires a Lot of Maintenance – Every kind of countertop requires you to do common sense maintenance on a fairly routine basis. Marble is no different. And, like every other type of stone countertop, if you abuse it you may damage it. But, if treat your marble countertops with respect and have them professionally sealed upon installation your maintenance will likely amount to little more than a routine wipe-down when you’ve finished whatever you’re doing, along with reminding people not to take red hot pans off the stove and set them directly on the counter.
- Marble is Just Too Expensive – Is marble cheap? No. But the cost of marble varies greatly depending on which marble you choose. Some types of marble are rare and so more expensive. Others are more abundant and so less expensive. You should also keep in mind the fact that those marble countertops are adding real value to your home and they will, if properly cared for, still be adding value decades from now while also serving your great-grandchildren just as beautifully as they did you.
- Marble Looks Great But Isn’t Very Tough – One myth that’s been circulating for a while is that marble is a “look but don’t touch” kind of building material. Great for cosmetic purposes like lining the walls of cathedrals and palaces, but not really made to be put to work. This is maybe the hardest to understand of the marble myths since marble has been used for floors in high traffic buildings of all kinds for centuries. If it’s tough enough to make such an excellent flooring material why wouldn’t it work on a counter as well? The answer, of course, is that it does work on counters. Brilliantly.
- Marble is Prone to Scratching and Staining – Contrary to popular belief marble is actually a dense stone and doesn’t stain as easily as you may have heard. Furthermore, sealing your marble countertops properly (as mentioned above) will go a long way toward reducing the odds that you’ll wind up with a stain. If something should be spilled and threatens to leave a blemish you can generally neutralize it by applying a mixture of baking soda and water to the area and leaving it on overnight. Certain liquids like lime juice or vinegar have been known to leave dull, etched areas when spilled on marble surfaces but if you address the spill when it happens, instead of waiting or not addressing it at all, this shouldn’t be a problem either.
- Marble Countertops Are Unhygienic – Microscopic life is everywhere. There’s no escaping it. Marble countertops are no more susceptible to playing host to undesirable bacteria colonies than any other surface. But if this is a concern for you simply make a point of washing your countertop with an anti-bacterial soap when you do your normal cleanup.
Don’t let rumours and misconceptions dissuade you from considering marble for the countertops in your Toronto home. Marble can imbue any kitchen or bath with an air of prestige and timelessness while remaining stylish and versatile enough to complement or complete any home decorating motif. Let the marble pros at MaxSpace Stoneworks help you decide which type of marble is right for you.