Marble 101

The countertop world can be intimidating, there are so many choices and its a big purchase! I have a soft spot for marble but its not for every client. If you are considering marble you may be wonderig: How much should I budget for marble countertops? What does the maintenance look like? Will it scratch? Will it stain?

In this post I've given you some background on marble surfaces to help you decide if it's the right stone for you!

A bathroom marble countertop we installed for a client.  

A bathroom marble countertop we installed for a client.

 

If you know us at Plum, you know we LOVE marble. It's classic, sophisticated and oh so versatile. Great for counters, tile, fireplace mantels - you name it.

As much as we love the gorgeous marble, the downside is that it can be more difficult to maintain than other materials, especially in kitchens. Since it's not the hardest of natural metamorphic rock, it can be porous (there are no binding agents or glues to eliminate pores) and it can be susceptible to staining and scratching.  We aren't trying to deter you though- if spills are cleaned up quickly, a marble kitchen countertop is totally manageable (just maybe don't cook with a lot of pomegranates or beets) ;) 

Sealing all marble surfaces is a must - that's the first step to avoiding pesky stains.  Another suggestion for easier maintenance would be to choose a honed marble instead of polished. What's the difference between honed and polished? Honed has a more satin finish and velvety touch. Versus a high sheen polished finish. The honed finish is more forgiving and doesn't show marks as much as polished. 

To clean, simply use a cloth with light soap and water (baking soda can be added if you are afraid of staining). 

Price point: There are several types of marble but the most commonly used are Carrerra, Statuario and Calacatta, on average you'll be spending between $90 and $250 per square foot of marble surface. If you want your marble honed as opposed to polished (recommended), that can sometimes add to the cost!

Image via Becki Owens

Image via Becki Owens

Feeling ready to commit to marble? Maybe not, thats ok. Next week we are going to chat about other counter options worth taking a look at. Your countertops are a big part of your kitchen or bathroom budget so it's worth taking your time and considering all of your options!