Marble and granite have been staples in kitchens for centuries, and for good reason. They offer a sophisticated and classic look to one of the most important rooms in your home. If the kitchen is the heart and soul of the house, it deserves the beauty of natural stone.
Using marble on your kitchen island or worktop has practical advantages. Marble holds a cool temperature and is naturally heat resistant – the surface will not burn. Of course, it’s still a good practice not to set hot pots and pans directly on your countertop, as it the case with all natural stone. Marble is also very durable and long-lasting. Though not as hard as granite, marble still stands the test of time, and will develop a patina over the course of natural use that gives it a well-loved feel that many homeowners prefer.
With a bit of maintenance, marble is easy to clean and care for – it simply needs to be sealed periodically, and should be clean with nothing more than soap and warm water. Remember to keep acids away from your marble countertop, as they can cause etching.
For homeowners who want a maintenance-free kitchen worktop, granite is the way to go. Next to diamond, granite is the second-strongest naturally-occurring material, making it resistant to chipping scratching, etching and cracking. In fact, granite is so that that you should always use a cutting board, as cutting directly on your countertop will blunt your knives!