Marble is made up primarily of Calcite and works beautifully in bath areas where the subtle veining patterns and colors that appear can be used to create exquisite designs. Marble is sensitive to acids and acidic foods such as vinegar, lemons, tomatoes, wine as well as aggressive cleaning products which can and will etch the finish on marble countertops. Marble has been used as a building material for centuries; think Taj Mahal, the Acropolis and the Coliseum as examples.
Marble is ideal for bath vanity tops and tub decks. While softer and more porous than granite, marble is not the ideal choice for those customers looking for an indestructible, maintenance-free product. That being said, Marbles have been used for centuries in high-traffic and cooking areas. Should you decide to use Marble in your kitchen we recommend you consider a honed or brushed finish and that you be aware that your countertops will show some wear and develop a unique “patina” over time. While we have very effective impregnating sealers to deal with the potential of staining, no one, as of yet, has been able to develop a product to prevent etching from acids.