- Marble is dense but not as absorbant as most people say. Especially polished marble, its much less absorbent than honed.
- It's a good idea to seal most stones. Especially if it's used as a kitchen counter and if it's honed.
- Marble needs to be sealed more often than granite.
- Spills must be cleaned up immediately so it won't stain. Be especially carefull with citric acid or alcohol being left on it.
- Use soft cloths or pads to clean marble because it is soft and will scratch if you use abrasive scrub pads.
- If you have etch marks caused by acidic substances then you will have to resurface the marble. If your marble is honed and the etch marks are light then you might be able to sand them out. A lot of people think they ad character to the countertops and don't mind light etch marks.
Pros: Beautiful and heatproof.
Cons: expensive; porous, needs to be professionally sealed; high maintenance; can scratch and potentially stain.
If I had the money for our future home then I would definitely buy marble purely for the look of it. What would you do?