Marble is an extremely elegant and timeless stone that you cannot go wrong with. It has earned its name due to its unique veining and distinct characteristics. It is a natural stone, so it is porous, but with extra maintenance and routine cleaning, it can be practical for your bathroom countertop design.
Messes and liquids should be promptly cleaned to avoid any staining or etching, and routine sealing should be done to avoid water absorption. There are many different types of marble, some softer than others, so some slabs are more suitable in the bathroom than others. In general, favorable traits for marble bathroom countertops include excellent heat tolerance, hard wearing and an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Travertine for Bathroom Countertops
Travertine is extremely porous, which can be beneficial for pool decks, but in the case for bathroom countertops, it requires regular sealings and maintenance. It has natural crevices and divots that make it readily absorbent. As a countertop, travertine can be susceptible to staining from moisture, water or other liquids.
In light of these drawbacks, travertine is naturally cooling and heat resistant – although we do not recommend setting heat styling tools directly on your travertine countertops. With proper upkeep, travertine can be a great choice for your bathroom countertops or vanity.
Limestone for Bathroom Countertops
Limestone performs and functions similarly to travertine. It is also highly porous and reactive to acids, so it needs to be sealed properly, especially when used for bathroom countertops and wet areas. We make sure our clients are aware of how to care for their limestone and best preserve it when used in spaces such as bathrooms.
Even though it is sensitive to staining, etching and even scratches, it can be used in bathroom applications depending on its intended use. Limestone may be best used in less frequented bathrooms or spaces, but don’t let this stop you from making it an option.
Soapstone for Bathroom Countertops
Soapstone works anywhere. This is the most durable countertop surface there is, and is the only natural stone that is non porous. It performs best when used for bathroom countertops. Soapstone will not be penetrated by typical bathroom messes or liquids such as nail polish remover, cleaners, makeup or other cosmetics. In addition, it is heat and scratch resistant. The qualities of soapstone make it highly favorable for use of bathroom countertops.