Marble Kitchen Benchtops
Choosing real marble for your kitchen means introducing a high-end, natural material without compromising on durability.
Marble is prized for its elegant hues and unmistakable veining, transforming both commercial and domestic kitchens into something special.
And, with marble forged by mother nature herself, each and every slab is genuinely unique. This means whether used as a countertop, island, splashback, flooring, or more, adding marble to your kitchen makes it truly special.
Designing Your Marble Benchtop
Choosing the Right Type of Marble
It’s important to choose the right type of marble for your benchtop. Some marbles are harder than others with the most durable being those with little to no veining. Be sure to consider all your options and whether highly detailed veining or a more resilient surface is a priority.
Colour and Veining
After deciding on the type of marble, consider colour and veining. Marble can be found in almost any colour, including greens and purples. Consider if you want your marble benchtop to stand out or blend in. While the rich browns and brecciated appearance of some marbles are visually stunning, sometimes a more subtle look is required.
Choosing the Right Finish
The finish of your marble benchtop is crucial. A high gloss with bevelled edges will look modern, sleek, and chic. A honed surface with bullnose or pencil round edges will give a more natural appearance, synonymous with rustic kitchens and homeliness. To explore all of your options, talk to a member of our team.
Integrating Marble Into Your Benchtop Design
Consider where your benchtop will be installed and how much marble you will require. RMS Marble can review your plans and specifications to help you choose from the large variety of options available.
Types of Marble for Benchtops
- Calacatta Marble: world-renowned and found only in the Apuan mountains of Tuscany, Calacatta is considered the most premium marble available. It boasts a brilliant white base stone with dynamic streaks of light grey veining.
- Carrara Marble: also found in the Apuan mountains, Carrara is considered a more budget-friendly version of Calacatta, though still a premium stone. Carrara features a similar white base colour but with softer, webbed veining that is also grey.
- Statuario Marble: another white stone, statuario has strong vein streaks in a light grey to gold hue. Statuario’s bold patterns make it an ideal choice for benchtops designed to give visual contrast.
- Bianco Carrara Marble: Bianco Carrara is a variety of its namesake that is predominantly grey to white. White suspended in a light base stone, Bianco Carrara’s dense yet softly delineated veining gives it a liquid-like appearance, enchanting as a benchtop.
Today’s modern range of sealers, cleaners and specialised products make it easier than ever to keep your marble benchtop clean and looking fantastic. Even the marks and etching associated with longer term use can be removed or treated easily.
RMS Marble carries a range of cleaning products and can advise on the best solution for marks or stains. We will also suggest suitable stone-friendly cleaning options for your daily and weekly cleaning.
Cleaning Marble Benchtops
Use gentle soaps to clean marble benchtops with a neutral PH level. While after-market solutions are available, household dish soap is also suitable. Simply create a diluted solution with clean water and wipe over the marble benchtop with a soft cloth to remove dirt and debris. Use another dry cloth to dry.
Protecting Marble Benchtops
In order to keep your marble surface looking its best, your benchtop should be sealed with a high quality sealer after installation and this sealer can be re-applied periodically after cleaning. Micro-gaps and the semi-porous nature of natural stone means stone breaths – sealers help fill the small voids in the stone surface stopping normal cooking ingredients from penetrating deeply into the stone and making it easier to clean while still allowing the stone to breath.
Sealing is an easy process – you can do yourself. It involves coating your marble with a specialised liquid and wiping off the excess with a micro-fibre cloth. This simple process means re-applying sealer over time can be done periodically after thorough cleaning.
Repairing Marble Benchtops
While marble repairs will normally need a stonemason with special products, modern techniques can bring chipped or cracked marble back to its original look. These methods include using epoxy resin or patch repair tools. Once filled and polished, marble will look almost the same as it was when originally installed. This is one of the great benefits of natural stone meaning even an old worn countertop can be brought back to new.
Preventing Stains on Marble Benchtops
Even when sealed, some liquids can stain and etch marble. Acids from fruit and the wrong cleaning solutions, can leave a lasting mark on marble if left on the surface. There are products available to correct some of these etches but the best solution is to avoid acid products on marble.
It’s important, then, to tend to spills immediately to prevent liquids from being absorbed or marking the surface of the marble. If cutting vegetables like tomatoes, use a chopping board and be sure to wipe up excess liquid.