Marble is a porous rock and will show wear as time passes. It is susceptible to chips or stains, and as it is a softer stone, it’s also susceptible to etching, meaning that any acids (lemon juice, tomato juice, wine) that is not cleaned right way, may etch the surface of the stone making it dull. Marble also absorbs oils and other liquids and will become stained if coloured liquids are spilled and left on a marble surface. If it is a honed or leather finish the etching is masked within the surface. On a polished finish once the etching is overwhelming after years of use, the entire surface can be re-polished bringing it back to its original beauty.
Characteristics of Marble:
- Marble is a natural porous stone, and is not homogenous.
- Marble requires careful cleaning and maintenance.
- It scratches and etches easily. Sealing will not prevent this.
- When in use, a marble top table would need to be sealed regularly. Once a year is the standard recommendation to protect your marble and keep it looking new.
- In comparison to other stones, such as granite, marble is rather sensitive to commonly used substances. Wine, coffee, colas and many household cleaners can stain or dull the finish of a marble table top.
- You will need to use coasters all the time. Even a plain old glass of water will leave a ring.
- Avoid placing anything sticky, hot or icy cold directly on the marble table top.
- If your marble gets stained or scratched it can be resurfaced by a professional. The cost of this service is significant enough that you wouldn’t want to do it every year.
Natural defects in marble: