Marble, travertine, slate? Five Star Stone offers a variety of other stones. Marble, for example is a popular choice for vanity tops (bathroom countertops). As for travertine and slate, these stone are generally too soft for use on countertops, they will scratch easily, also if a liquid is spilled they may soak it up permanently. This is a problem only for raw stones, there are sealers available to get rid of that problem. These are a great choice for fireplace surrounds, window sills, cooking range hoods and a variety of other custom applications.
Q. What is marble?
True geological marble is limestone that has been subjected to great pressure and heat, which has changed its structure to a crystalline, sugary texture. It is generally white or whitish, sometimes translucent, with some veining or color provided by other minerals present at its formation. White Carrara, Thassos, Colorado Yule and Bianco Rosa are true marbles. Commercially, the term “marble” applies to any compact limestone that will take a polish, which includes most of the colored marbles, except some of the greens.
Q. Can I use marble on my kitchen counters?
In fact, marbles that have a honed finish will not etch because its surface starts out with a matte finish. Because marbles (and limestone and travertine) are calcium carbonate, the polished surface is more vulnerable to household acids including vinegar, mustard, catsup, citrus and a host of other food-related products. These acidic substances cause a chemical reaction which will remove the polish. In Europe honed marble countertops are very common. It is beautiful soft look that sometimes granites don’t provide.
Q. Can I cut on my marble countertop?
Marble and limestone can be scratched more easily than harder stones such as granite. Marble is, however, sometimes used in the kitchen as a pastry slab; its perfectly smooth, cool surface is ideal for rolling out dough and piecrusts. Same as granite we recommend using a cutting board to cut on your marble countertop.