O’Fallon, Missouri residents love to have a good time and it is evident with their exciting, yearly events. The dazzling display at Fort Zumwalt Park every Christmas with Celebration of Lights, the Fall Fest every September boasting many booths, tasty food vendors and lively bluegrass music, as well as the Founders Day & Garden Expo every May are just a few examples of how the cityfolk of O’Fallon like to entertain and remember their traditions. With a city of more than 83,000 residents, O’Fallon prides itself in being one of Money Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Live in 2006 and now more than a decade later, it still is wonderful place to raise a family and enjoy life.
What better way to enjoy living than with new, updated countertops in your home. Upgrading to marble countertops in your kitchen and bathroom adds an elegant, beautiful appeal to any room. If you are feeling dissatisfied with your kitchen or bathroom, simply upgrading the countertops is a perfect way to increase the visual appeal. Marble is a timeless, classic choice in natural stone countertops that does not go out of style and with care, will look beautiful for decades.
All about marble countertops
Marble is a natural stone that is quarried in places around the world. It originally begins as limestone and as a metamorphic rock, it crystallized under great heat and pressure into the beautiful, white stone with characteristic veining that is so appreciated by marble lovers. While not as hard as granite, it is still a very durable option for kitchens and bathrooms. Both granite and marble are susceptible to staining as they are porous natural stones but this can be avoided with necessary precautions. Marble has been used throughout history in many great pieces of architecture and ages gracefully, even this minor scratches and etching, giving it a special and organic character unlike any other type of countertop. There are two types of finishes O’Fallon marble countertops come in and depending on your preference, you can decide which is more fitting to your tastes.
- Honed finish: This finish is a matte finish and gives it a softer look. The scratches the marble receives over time are less noticeable since the marble is not so glossy. Since a honed finish leaves the pores of the marble more vulnerable, sealing the marble routinely can help avoid stains over time.
- Polished finish: This finish buffs the marble to a high sheen, giving it that beautiful, shiny luster. The bright appearance is beautiful and with the polish, the surface is less porous, making stains less likely. Scratches are more noticeable with this finish however, most appreciate the character of the scratches and etching as part of the piece as a whole. It is a natural stone and thus the wear over time adds to the beauty.
O’Fallon marble countertops are perfect for anyone who wants a classic look that will not go out of style. Marble has been a big hit in kitchens and bathrooms for centuries and with a repertoire like that, it isn’t likely to leave the trends anytime soon.
How to care for your marble countertops
Care for your O’Fallon marble countertops is easy. Marble is a great option as it cleans up nicely and no heavy chemicals are necessary. Mild soap and warm water are perfect for making your marble countertops beautiful and clean again. Avoid using harsh abrasives as these types of cleaners can scratch and dull your fine, polished marble. This type of countertop can withstand heat, since it is a natural stone making it low maintenance around hot pots, pans and dishes. To avoid scratching, a cutting board is recommended. To keep it from staining, sealing it routinely is a great idea as this can prevent discoloration over time. When working with fruits and vegetables with dark juices, wipe up any spills immediately and use a cutting board. Vinegar, citrus and tomato juice can etch marble so as said before, cutting boards are your friend and clean spilled liquids of this type ASAP. As with all countertops, none are indestructible but with normal use and gentle care, your O’Fallon marble countertops can look beautiful for many years, even decades to come.
Arch City Granite for all your marble needs
Arch City Granite has a beautiful selection of marble countertops you will be pleased with. The characteristic veining gives each piece its own unique look and no two pieces are alike. Marble is like a adding a piece of functional art to your kitchen and since the cost is lower than granite and quartz, it is a perfect choice if you are sticking to a budget. Come browse through our showroom and let us answer all your marble countertop questions today. We look forward to serving you.