Marble is often associated with beauty and art, including the sculptures of Michelangelo. It’s no surprise, then, that it’s also a popular choice for interior design, including high-end countertops. Marble adds sophistication, elegance, and warmth wherever it’s installed. At Midwest Rock Tops, we’ll help you find a marble countertop that will be like having a piece of art in your kitchen or bathroom.
A metamorphic rock composed wholly or in large part of calcite or dolomite crystals, marble is created when limestone is subjected to the heat and pressure of metamorphism. The term marble is loosely applied to any limestone or dolomite that takes a good polish and is otherwise suitable as a building stone or ornamental stone.
Marble ranges in color from snow-white to gray and black, with many varieties featuring shades of red, yellow, pink, green, or buff. The colors, which are caused by the presence of impurities, are frequently arranged in bands or patches and add to the beauty of the stone when it’s cut and polished.
Using Marble in Interior Design
Marble is an exquisite natural stone for kitchen countertops, bar tops, tabletops, desktops, and bathroom vanity tops. It’s also a popular choice for fireplace surrounds, walls, floors, and windowsills. Because of its durability and ability to stand up to moisture, marble works great in the bathroom, including for tub surrounds and showers.
No two slabs of marble look alike, so you’ll have a unique pattern that will be the envy of anyone who visits your home.
How to Care for Marble Countertops
While marble countertops will be a beautiful addition to your kitchen or bathroom, it takes some additional care to keep them looking their best. But if you take good care of your marble countertops, you should never have to replace them!
Marble is affected by acids and alcohol, causing etching in the stone. If you spill orange juice, coffee, vinegar, wine, soft drinks, or any other acidic or alcoholic substances, you’ll want to wipe it up right away. Professional sealing will help protect your marble countertops, but it’s still recommended to clean up any spills as soon as possible. Use cleaners specifically designed for natural stone, as other more abrasive cleaning products may hurt marble. Midwest Rock Tops offers a 3-in-1 cleaner, polisher, and protector that will enhance the sealant.