A Chemical Mess
Marble Kitchen Accessories
Marble has a problem when it comes to kitchens that is built directly into its chemical structure. The result of the metamorphism of calcite, it is intrinsically a base. This means that any contact it has with an acid will cause a chemical reaction that may result in a stain. In the kitchen, acidic foods such as tomato sauce, and various fruits, are commonly used, putting marble in constant risk of being stained. This makes most marble kitchen accessories an intrinsically bad idea.
One of the few places that the elegance of marble will not be in constant danger is in decorative wall accessories.
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The one exception is the use of decorative marble wall pieces, which can be placed outside of the area where they would be easily stained. Marble kitchen wall clocks are another application of this beautiful natural material in the kitchen. Providing a functional quality, they allow you to introduce the elegance of marble, without having to worry about chemical reactions while you cook.
Even in interior and architectural applications, marble should generally be avoided in the kitchen. It can be treated with a sealer and chemical finish which will clog its pores and create a layer between it and any acids that may corrupt its surface, but this will have to be reapplied constantly.
Alternatives to marble in the kitchen include slate, and granite, both of which can have polished surfaces, and whose natural beauty easily rivals that of marble.
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