Kitchen work tops and tables in marble, granite, porphyry or any one of many eternal natural stones are truly a sign of prestige. Companions to family life, they also tell its story.
What are Stones and Marbles?
Marble, granite, porphyry and other natural stones are all stone materials derived from natural rock. They are characterised by the natural elegance of variations in colour and structure, impossible to reproduce in artificial materials.
- Marble, gleaming and sophisticated, is composed principally of calcium carbonate that takes on colours, striations and various and constantly different aesthetic effects that make each piece unique, thanks also the presence of minor quantities of other minerals, such as clay and ferrous oxides.
- Granite is made primarily of extremely durable, resistant and brilliant quartz, and residual minerals that influence its chromatic characteristics.
- Porphyry, robust and resistant, is characterised by a vitreous or micro-crystalline composition consisting of small crystals, in particular in quartz.
Characteristics of Marbles and Stones
For marbles and natural stones to be used in the kitchen it is fundamental that they be workable. They must be transformed into hard and compact slabs, with the least possible number of pores, to guarantee hygiene, eliminate aesthetic defects and satisfy the desire to create beautiful environments. In general, stones used in the kitchen offer the following characteristics:
- a wide variety of colours and finishes, from polished to honed
- highly valued and prestigious surfaces
- the value of durability over time
- optimum resistance to scratching
- optimum resistance to heat
Marble and Stone Tables and Work Tops
Marbles and stones can be used in the kitchen to create work tops, tables or snack counters, splashes and splashbacks for cooking areas. A sign of elegance, their surfaces speak of history. They are loved by architects and interior designers for their availability in numerous different varieties, dimensions and custom thicknesses. Exposed surfaces can be worked with special polishing techniques and processes to protect against liquids and stains.
How to Clean Marble and Stone Work Tops
To clean kitchen tops in marble and stone:
- use a soft cloth, warm water and a neutral liquid detergent
- rinse with a warm damp cloth and dry carefully
- use cutting boards during food preparation
- avoid direct contact between acidic substances such as vinegar, lemon or tomato juice and marble tops
- dry and remove liquid deposits to avoid the formation of stains
- avoid the use of scouring pads, abrasive substances and powder detersives
Avoid the use of:
- detergents containing citric acid
- ammonia or products containing acidic substances or limescale removers