At Affordable Quality Marble & Granite, we are big proponents of using countertops to spruce up your space.
One of the most sophisticated and luxurious stones at your disposal is marble. While marble is considerably durable and beautiful, people want to know if this stone lives up to the hype. Is marble worth the investment?
Marble—What Is It
Marble is a type of natural stone that forms under pressure and heat beneath the earth’s surface. Marble is more affordable than it’s ever been because it’s mined at a large scale. In years past, it was meant only for mansions that belonged to the super-rich, but now it’s likely that you’ll find it in your very own neighborhood.
The longevity of a material is a big deal when it comes to deciding. It has an impact on the long-term cost of your countertop, so you’ll want to be familiar with it.
Marble is a durable natural stone that resists heat, so under the right conditions and with the right care, this stone can last up to a hundred years. Remember, this is natural marble we’re talking about; Affordable Quality Marble & Granite does not work with cultured (man-made) marble.
How long your marble countertop lasts depends on how well you take care of it. In order for it to last as long as possible, you’ll need to seal it. This is because the surface of marble is porous. If it’s not sealed, it will deteriorate much more quickly.
Cleaning marble on a regular basis will extend its lifespan. To properly clean marble, you’ll want to remove food residue that might harm the surface—but never use acidic cleaning products and never wax the countertop. When there’s a spill, mop it up right away and keep milk, juice, and wine away.
If a heavy object drops on your marble, it has the potential to scratch or damage it. When you’re handling cookware and heavy appliances, be careful around your countertop. You can also reduce the risk of impact damage by completing routine cabinet maintenance.
If you protect marble’s surface from hot, sharp, and rough objects, it will last longer. For example, to prevent scratches, you’ll want to cut food on a cutting board instead of directly on the countertop’s surface. And get into the habit of using a hot pad or trivet when handling hot pots and pans.
Usage of marble
Regular wear and tear are bound to occur if you use your marble on a frequent basis. How long your countertop lasts will most definitely depend on how often you use it.
Your Unique Marble
In the end, marble countertops are worth the investment. To learn more about their longevity or how to take care of your slab, reach out to Affordable Marble & Granite today.