The timeless beauty and durability of marble have meant that this choice of stone is incredibly popular amongst homeowners across the UK. Their unique properties make them ideal for use in kitchens, which is why in this article, we will be taking you through everything you need to know about marble worktops, from how they are made to their application in the modern-day home.
How are marble worktops made?
The manufacturing process of marble worktops has stayed relatively consistent since the natural stone was first used in ancient cultures. The main difference is now that more advanced machinery is used in the process, and with the introduction of CNC technology, the timescales have decreased dramatically.
The life of a marble worktop begins when it is first cut from a quarry; these blocks are then transported to be further cut into thinner slabs using diamond wire saws. From here, a bridge saw is used to cut the marble into the desired shape for use in the kitchen. Polishers then grind down the rough and raw surface to the chosen finish, with marble being able to be polished to a mirror finish.
Once this process is complete, the worktop is ready to be installed.
Is marble a good option for a kitchen worktop?
Put simply, yes, marble is a great option for kitchen worktops. Throughout time, marble has remained an incredibly popular choice of kitchen worktop alongside quartz and granite. Historically it has been viewed as one of the most luxurious and beautiful stones that adds a touch of elegance to any space. Marble is the obvious choice for homeowners looking to combine modernity with classic luxe, but it is much more than a pretty face.
Marble is particularly effective when used in kitchens as it has unique temperature control properties due to the density of the stone. Its molecular structure allows the stone to dissipate heat much faster than other materials, making it ideal for use in a kitchen with hot pots and pans. This property is also great for baking enthusiasts as the cold surface provides the perfect temperature for kneading dough.
Practically, marble works well in high traffic areas such as the kitchen as it is incredibly easy to maintain and very durable. With such a hard-wearing worktop, you will never have to worry about chipping or cracking occurring, which is why most marble worktops come with such extensive guarantees.
As for cleaning, marble worktops don’t require much to retain their bright and clean appearance.
Simply clean up spills from the surface when they occur and give the worktop weekly wipe-downs with a soft cloth and a mild surface cleaner.
Do marble worktops stain?
Marble is known to be a soft and porous stone which means in its rawest form, it is prone to staining and scratches. However, engineered marble used in kitchen worktops has been developed so that the surface is far stronger, more stain-resistant and hygienic. Modern marble worktops have been manufactured to exude the timeless beauty of natural stone whilst offering consumers all the practical benefits needed in the home.
If you are considering marble worktops for your kitchen and would like to know more about this gorgeous choice of natural stone, feel free to visit our Marble Worktop page or contact us today. Our marble worktops are available in a wide range of colours and finishes to suit your space.