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Through the years marble has remained one of the most popular countertop choices for kitchens and bathrooms. Because of it’s elegant, high-quality look and its durability, marble holds up well as a top choice. Marble comes in more variation than you may realize, and what you choose and how you treat it will impact how long it lasts and what state it’s in. There are a few things to consider before choosing the marble that will adorn your house.

Unique

No two marble slabs are the same. Marble provides a unique look that cannot be achieved with any other stone. You are guaranteed a one of a kind countertop when you go with marble. Marble also comes in a variety of color, from earthy tones to neutral variations. When choosing your marble slab, take unique markings into account. Place your slabs so that the markings run cohesively. You can choose a large slab that is all one piece, or you can get smaller slabs and place them together with seems in-between.

When you’re having your marble cut you can even have it cut in different ways to achieving unique veining patterns. The block can be cut to with have a linear or a horizontal appearance.

Heat Resistant

Marble is a very heat resistant material. They are not easily marked up from heat. Though they are not extreme heat resistant and thus you should not put hot pots and pans directly onto your marble. Use a pot holder to prevent any discoloring or cracking.

Durable

Both the condition and the style of marble is very durable. It keeps its timeless beautiful well over the years. Marble never goes out of style! If a marble is well maintained with regular sealings and cleanings, and spot treatment when needed, marble can last a lifetime. Avoid putting excessive weight on your countertop as marble can potentially crack. Overall, marble stands up very well to general wear and tare.

Porous

Because of the large pores on marble, it can be prone to stains. Liquids can seep into the stone and mark an otherwise beautiful countertop. Some stains will fade over time and many can be removed with household cleaners. You can also remove some stains with a baking soda paste made of baking soda and water, let it sit on the stain overnight and wipe it away in the morning. Keeping your marble sealed will also help you to avoid stains. Just beware of acidic foods that can remove your sealant and leave your countertop vulnerable.

Sealing Process

To keep your marble countertops free from nicks and stains by keeping it sealed. Your marble should be sealed when it is installed and then about every six months after that. If you have a lighter colored marble, like white, you may want to seal it more regularly as they are more susceptible to staining. Many people seal their countertops themselves, is it a pretty simple process. Though if you prefer, you can also have a professional take care of it.