They’re both made of natural stone and serve similar purposes, but marble and granite are different in terms of durability and how much maintenance they require. When deciding which material to use in your kitchen or bath, here are some points to consider.
You can place hot baking dishes on a granite counter without damaging it. Marble is somewhat heat-resistant too, but placing a hot pan directly on the surface may leave an etching or discoloration that can’t be restored.
Staining, Scratching and Chipping
Granite is such a hard stone that it doesn’t absorb spills. Marble, however, is porous and prone to staining. Oily substances and liquids, such as vinegar, alcohol and citrus juices, can be especially damaging.
You can cut directly on granite countertops without scratching them (but you will dull your knife blade quickly). Because marble is considerably softer, it should not be used as a cutting board.
Granite is generally not prone to cracking or chipping during the course of normal everyday use. Because it is less durable, marble is more susceptible to chipping when subjected to regular use.
Styles and Upkeep
Both granite and marble give your home a look of sophistication and luxury. Because granite is so durable, it requires little maintenance. You may want to apply a sealant for maximum protection, but your counters can still hold up well without it. Manufacturers of marble countertops, however, strongly recommend that you seal the surface because it is so vulnerable to staining. A high-quality sealant should last 10‒15 years.
Both surfaces are relatively easy to clean. Just use a damp cloth, adding a bit of soapy water if needed to get rid of food residue. Avoid ammonia, bleach or other harsh cleaners. Dry off marble counters thoroughly after cleaning.
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