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Choosing the Best Stone – Marble or Granite?

What stone makes the best kitchen countertop? Opinions are as diverse as the materials themselves. The major contenders, which include granite and marble, all "bring something to the table”. Ultimately, it's a question of taste and budget. Homeowners planning a new kitchen should weigh their options carefully. The decision goes beyond cost; the stone you choose is going to last a lifetime so it becomes an element in your long-term vision for your home as well.

Granite Offers Beauty and Versatility

Granite can come in slab or tile form. The former is, of course, more impressive – one single, majestic piece making a bold and beautiful statement in your kitchen. Granite tiles are a blend of materials, but are hard to differentiate from the full slabs. Both slabs and tiles come in an amazing range of colours and patterns, but tiles have the benefit of uniformity.
Tiles are less costly than slabs, but retain the quality of the pure stone. They are just as durable and able to withstand scratches and burns. Granite tiles and slabs are both relatively low maintenance – the usual cleaning is necessary and, every few years, resealing.
The main advantage of tiles over the slab is its versatility in installation. If you are not building a kitchen from scratch but working around existing counters and islands, then tiles are much easier to adapt to the space.

Marble Countertops – Beauty and Some Drawbacks

Nothing says elegance better than marble. It conveys affluence and taste and comes in an amazing range of colours. Because it is highly polished, it is bacteria resistant, unlike granite. Some cooking functions – such as making pastry – are well-suited to its cool surface.
Marble is not as strong as granite and therefore is more vulnerable to chipping and damage. A cutting board is always necessary and marble must be sealed, or it will cloud. In flooring it can be slippery when wet but, conversely, in countertops that same polish allows it to be easily cleaned.

Cleaning Marble and Granite – Some General Dos and Don'ts

After purchase and installation, you must protect your investment by following its prescribed maintenance regiments.
  • Clean natural stone surfaces with mild detergent or soapy water. A clean rag is all the equipment necessary.
  • Always rinse and dry the surface after washing and blot up spills (especially with granite) to prevent permanent staining. Prevention is always the best policy!
  • Use coasters under glassware – especially when they contain citrus juices.
  • Use place mats or trivets under hot dishes.
  • Use mats under china, ceramics, or silver – anything that could scratch the surface.
  • Do NOT use vinegar, lemon juice, or cleaners containing acids or ammonia.
  • Do not use abrasive or harsh commercial cleaners. The stone is tough – and responds best to gentle cleaning! Your stone dealer will have special stone soap.
  • Always use a cutting board with marble countertops.
  • Plan on periodically re-sealing your countertop at a minimum of once every five years. Resealing protects against damage and, in particular, staining. It also maintains the original appearance of the stone.


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