thoughts on my marble
i was cleaning up after lunch today and started doing a quick once over of all the counters. we've been living in the house and using the kitchen full time since august, so it's been roughly seven months. i put no special care into them. (for a thorough cleaning i use a soft rag with warm, soapy water and then wipe with clean water. for a quick clean up, i just use warm water.)
i started thinking back to all the anxiety and worry i put into my choice of using honed calacatta gold on the perimeter as well as the island and thought, what was the big deal? i seriously have no clue why everyone from people at the stone yard, to my cabinetmaker maker to the appliance dealer would insist i was making the worst possible choice. and since i'm not an especially tidy person, i must assume the nay sayers are simply opposed to cleaning, ever. seriously, i have no other explanation.
i will say that one day i spotted a nickel sized stain of tomato sauce on the counter nearest to the range. it was easy for me to miss, since it was on the edge and not directly on the surface. it had already absorbed into the stone and so i made a mental note to buy a pumice stone the next time i was out, so i could hopefully rub it out that way.
a week or so had gone by when i thought of it, so i checked the stain but it was too late. it was gone. faded away somewhere else, to where, i don't know nor do i care. and while i have some etching, the only reason i noticed was because i was looking, so i could report back here on the issue ...or non issue, as it seems.
as an FYI: i have a husband who is not particularly neat and is in fact a bit of a slob. he never cleans up coffee spills or drips nor does he believe he should have to put used glasses or dishes in the dishwasher, but prefers to leave them on the counter for someone else (me) to take care of. also in residence are two children; a boy, age 10 and a girl, 9. the boy takes after his father. the girl is an angel who is sometimes a bit of a klutz when handling glasses, so i have lost one so far to a fall which landed on the counter. no chips, although i wouldn't expect there to be. it was only a glass, after all. however, had she banged one of my original calphalon hard-anodized aluminum heavy bottomed sauce pans across its surface i would be shocked if no damage were to occur. i try to educate the family to never deliberately bang pots on the counters and happily everyone has been compliant thus far.
the kids bathrooms however, are another story. somehow i let the stone guy talk me into installing polished carrara marble counter tops in both bathrooms. for me, the process of building became a bit overwhelming so there were a few times when it was just easier to agree so i could go back to sleep. i developed a wake-me-when-it's-over attitude. it happens.
obviously etching is much more noticeable on the polished surfaces. and while i wish i had remained more on guard instead of just taking the easy road and yessing everyone, it is what it is. they don't look bad, but a honed surface would have been a better choice.
the marble in my laundry room as well as master bath is polished, but they are both crema marfil which is better able to withstand etching compared to the calacatta and carrara.
yes, the installers sealed the counters. no, i have not re sealed since. yes, i would do it again. and no, i have NOT selected a backsplash yet. (sigh)