What are Solid Surface Countertops?
Solid surface countertops are made from marble dust, polyester resins, acrylics and dyes. Solid surface is a man-made product that comes in many color variations and patterns with a matte finish. A stain-resistant, but durable product stone that is commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, and showers.
What is Cultured Marble?
Cultured Mable is similar to solid surface countertops. It is also made from polyester resins, but unlike solid surface products, cultured marble can have a high-gloss finish as well as a matte finish. Cultured marbles can be used for backsplash and molded sinks. It also offers durability and resistance to chipping and staining.
Can I use marble on my kitchen counters?
Yes but be aware, marble (and limestone and travertine) are calcium carbonate, and their polished surface is more vulnerable to household acids including vinegar, mustard, catsup, citrus and a host of other food-related products. Marble does make a perfect pastry slab; its perfectly smooth and cool surface is ideal for rolling out dough and pie crusts.
What’s the best way to clean marble and other soft stones?
The old rule of thumb is never to use anything you wouldn’t use on your hands. Never use powdered cleansers or abrasive pads to clean your stone. Even “soft scrub” type cleaners contain pumice, which is powdered volcanic stone, and might damage your stone countertops or floors. Never use any product which is acidic; this includes substances like ammonia or many common liquid cleaners such as Windex. You should always use sealers and cleaning products designed specifically for natural stone. There are excellent stone-friendly (and user-friendly) stone care products available at A&S Sales.