If any point in your life you thought about getting a marble counter top, table, washbasin or pretty anything else made of marble, then you know how difficult it is to actually make a decision. There’s a lot you need to consider before bringing marble into your home. First of all, there are many different types of marble to consider. Carrara era marble is one of the most popular types, being appreciated for its beautiful white surface and blue-gray veins. Carrara marble is also one of the cheapest options when it comes to counter tops, being even cheaper than quartz or granite.
White marble in general is preferred in a lot of cases. We particularly love its brightness and the way it reflects and amplifies light, making the room seem fresh and exquisite. But, as always, there are both pros and cons to consider. White marble is generally pretty cheap and it also looks great. It makes the spaces they’re in look bright and filled with light. However, it can stain pretty easily and it requires more care than dark marble.
The region of Carrara near Tuscany is where this popular type comes from. This is the larges region of the purest marble in the world. But white marble can also be found in other regions such as Greece or Turkey, the white marble found here being similar to Italian marble which is appreciated for its particularly fine crystalline structure. Used by the Romans to build some extraordinary monuments that we can still admire today, marble was also loved by artists and architects of the Renaissance period.
We appreciate marble today for its elegant, cool and bright nature although there are a bunch of other reasons why we use it in our homes. Despite its reputation, marble is quite easy to clean, especially if you decide to seal it. Marble counter tops can be easily cleaned with warm water and gentle dish soap and for stains you can use poultice made of baking soda and water or some other ingredients.
Marble can be scary at first. The first few scratches and etches are really annoying and distracting but with time you learn to live with it. After sealing it, you greatly reduce the number of stains. There are a few ways ti prevent damage to marble surfaces. For example, if you have a marble counter in the kitchen, you should get a large cutting board to avoid getting lemon juice or tomatoes on it because they’ll definitely etch the surface. Also, use coasters on the marble surfaces and always clean stains as soon as they occur.
We can all agree marble requires some maintenance. Still, with all the stains, scratches, etches and everything else, if you had to choose at one point, you’d probably pick marble all over again. There’s no substitute for its natural and unique beauty, its beautiful veins and the extraordinary cool feeling you get when touching a marble surface. The Romans knew that and we learned from the best.