Marble is a delicate material that has care guidelines similar to that of a fine piece of wood. It is only recommended for use in kitchens that aren’t likely to see a whole lot of cooking! Cutting directly on marble will produce scratches. Trivets and placemats should be used under all ceramic, china, and other vessels to reduce the possibility of scratching.
Coasters and placemats should be used to prevent staining for all drinking glasses or dishes, including water glasses, as marble is susceptible to all types of stains including water rings. Avoid leaving any spilled substances on marble for any period of time to reduce staining (including juices, alcoholic beverages, oils, greases, cosmetics, and standing water). Marble is sealed with a penetrating sealer to help prevent the absorption of stains into the stone. Marble should be re-sealed periodically with a penetrating stone sealer on all horizontal surfaces. Sealing is not necessary for vertical surfaces such as fireplace surrounds.
Marble is a calcareous stones and is acid sensitive. Therefore, acidic products such as lemon or tomato juice, should not be used on marbles because they will cause the stone to etch, and the surface finish will dull and change texture. Wiping spills immediately and taking caution to use only cleansers specified for stone will help you avoid etching your marble.
Marble also has the potential to burn, so hot pots and pans should not be set directly on marble countertops. Use trivets, potholders and placemats to protect marble surfaces.
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