Marble vs. Granite

Which Should I Use and Where?

  • Marble- Marble is versatile enough to use throughout the house, such as fireplace facings, backsplashes, walls, and window sills. Marble shines best in the bath. You can use it on almost every surface, including vanities, shower walls, tub decks, and flooring. **See Special Care**
  • Granite- Granite is striking, functional, and durable. These traits make granite ideal for kitchen countertops, accent islands, bar tops, and dining tables.

Special Care

  • Marble Special Precautions: Marble isn’t quite as worry-free as granite. It has a softer, less stain-resistant surface than granite and should be treated like a fine piece of wood. Spills should be wiped up immediately, coasters should be used under beverages to avoid staining and etching. Marble is especially susceptible to damage from citric acids, alcohols, and oils. Marble needs to be sealed before use in wet areas. Marble can stain easily from iron deposits in the water.
  • Granite Special Precautions: Granite is a mostly worry-free surface, requiring few special precautions. It is extremely durable, stain resistant, and easy to care for. It won’t chip, crack, or scratch under normal use. Granite should also be sealed to ensure the quality and life span of the stone.
  • Both: Routine maintenance should include dry dusting with a soft cloth as needed. Sealant will need to be reapplied as it wears down over time. Use specific stone cleaners that do not include acid or bleach. Miracle Sealants Company has a product called Tile & Stone Cleaner concentrate that is recommended as a daily cleaning product for marble and granite surfaces.