Custom Marble Design & Fabrication in Milwaukee
Marble supplier for homes, businesses & contractors
Give your kitchen or bathroom timeless style with smooth, high-quality marble from Wisconsin’s best custom stonework specialists.
Cool, classic marble adds instant luxury and brightens up any room in your home. Whether you’re looking for glossy polished marble or satin-finish honed marble, our stone fabrication specialists will design and handcraft the marble cut to size for the perfect countertop, tiles, tabletop, vanity, pillars, wall panels, bar or ledge.
Our stonework installation experts work with exacting attention to detail, completing marble installation jobs on time and in budget. Visit our New Berlin showroom to see stunning marble slabs on display or discount marble remnants perfect for smaller projects.
Marble Design Information
Professional, Affordable Marble Installation and Maintenance
Our marble stonework fabricators produce beautiful artisan countertops and tiles at a reasonable price. Our fast free quotes provide an accurate and honest estimate for your marble fabrication and installation project. Our courteous stonework installers respect your home and budget while adding exquisite marble fabrications to your kitchen, bathroom or living room.
Marble repair experts from Granite Plus restore and reseal marble surfaces if they are damaged or require maintenance.
Benefits of Marble Countertops
Marble is one of the most durable options for not only kitchen countertops, but for bathroom vanities and countertops, kitchen islands, dining table tops, flooring, backsplashes, thresholds and even outdoor living areas. Marble adds instant luxury wherever it's found. Marble will not only make your home look more elegant it will significantly add value as it is one of the most highly prized materials for a home. When properly maintained, marble will last a lifetime.
Benefits of marble in the kitchen:
- Marble is extremely durable and will withstand the heavy wear and tear a kitchen undergoes resisting cracks, scratches and breakage
- Marble is available in a huge variety of colors and hues and easily accessible
- Marble can withstand temperatures well above anything used in the kitchen thus making marble extremely convenient when cooking, dining and entertaining (marble also has the ability to stay cool naturally)
Benefits of marble in the bathroom:
- Marble’s smooth, shiny texture adds light and dimension to bathrooms and can make a small bathroom look bigger
- Marble is timelessly appealing and comes in a range of colors and patterns to complement any type of bathroom design
- Marble is hard, heat resistant and durable and will look good for a long time
Marble Colors and Uses
While marble is typically available in shades of white, light gray and cream with darker colored veins, some types can also have pale pink or green tints.
Popular Marble Colors
Other standard marble colors include:
- White Crystal
- Staturio Veneto
Marble is less commonly found in shades of red, pink, black and different tones of blue and gray, with many different textures and patterns created by its natural veins.
In any color, marble is a beautiful material suitable for a variety of uses in the kitchen, bathroom and throughout the home, including:
- Bathroom vanities, countertops and tub decks
- Kitchen countertops, islands and backsplashes
- Dresser & nightstand tops
- Dining table tops
- Coffee tables and end tables
- Outdoor tables
- Floor and wall tiles
- Interior accents
Marble reflects light beautifully and adds brightness to any room, especially when used on an accent wall. Marble is often placed to be seen more than used, for example as bathroom vanities, tub decks, shower walls and floor tiles, rather than kitchen countertops.
Marble kitchen countertops tend to require more maintenance than other types of stone. Marble can develop more stains and etching over time compared to granite or quartz countertops, which withstand contact with food, liquid and cooking implements much better.
How to Care for Marble Countertops
Some homeowners are intimidated by marble. They’ve heard it requires a lot of maintenance and is easy to stain. Others love the way marble gains character as you live with it by etching over time. The truth is marble countertops don’t require any special day-to-day care and most stains and etching can be prevented.
Whether you have honed or polished marble countertops, care is simple:
- Wipe up spills quickly
- Use coasters to avoid water marks
- Always use a cutting board to prevent scratches
- Use pot holders to prevent damage from heat
- Clean surfaces with a gentle soap and soft cloth or spongeNever use harsh chemicals or anything abrasive (e.g. steel wool, scrubbers or scouring pads)
Never use cleaners with acid such as lemon juice or vinegar. The acid will eat away at the surface and create dull spots (etching). Don’t sit or stand on marble countertops because the weight could cause a crack.
How to Clean Marble Counters
Cleaning your marble countertop is easy and requires only basic supplies:
- Spray your marble countertops with a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap (nothing with lemon, orange or other acidic ingredients)
- Wipe with a hot, wet dish cloth or sponge
- Dry and buff the surface with a clean soft towel
Most of the time wiping your marble countertops with hot water and a soft cloth will be all you need to do. Use even gentle cleansers sparingly; too much can streak or leave a film. About a tablespoon of mild dish soap in a spray bottle of warm water is plenty.
How to Remove Soap Scum from Marble Surfaces
Removing soap scum requires a special product formulated to remove soap scum from marble without damaging it. There are many products available to safely remove hard water stains or soap scum from marble surfaces.
Soap scum can be difficult to remove, but scrubbing too hard or using common household cleaners will corrode the marble. Once your marble surface is free of soap scum, keep it from coming back by doing a light cleaning regularly with the same specially formulated cleaner.
Marble Etching and Staining
Marble is a natural stone with a soft, porous surface susceptible to stains and etching. Some liquids wipe up easily, but others leave a stain and fade over time. Many common substances can stain marble, including:
- Red wine
Marble stains because it absorbs the substance and draws it into pores beneath the surface creating a dark spot (although the finish is not affected). Stains in marble are usually not permanent but marble stains do need to be removed carefully.
What is Marble Etching?
Marble is primarily calcium carbonate, a substance which reacts to any type of acid. Acids eat away at the surface and create dull spots called etches. Etching is small-scale erosion and can often only be seen in certain light.
Acids like lemon juice, tomato sauce, vinegar, coffee, tea, soda and alcohol can etch marble countertops. Many homeowners who choose marble for the kitchen believe etching and staining add personality to the marble, in essence recording the story of their life.
Etching tends to be less visible on honed marble than polished marble. While a honed marble kitchen island or dining room table may become lightly marked from spills and scratches, the same marks will be much more obvious on polished marble.
Marble used for floors, bathrooms and backsplashes is less likely to stain and etch due to less contact with food and drink. With proper polishing or sealing, marble’s resistance to marking increases significantly.
Contact our Milwaukee area marble experts for more help choosing the right stone material for you and your home.
How to Remove Stains from a Marble Countertop
Due to marble’s tendency to etch and stain easily, it’s important to avoid spilling anything with color on our marble countertops and wipe up spills right away. Even hard water can stain marble and should be wiped up with a soft cloth.
Although some stains are difficult or even impossible to remove, there are a few tricks you can try:
- For oil stains, use a mild liquid cleanser, household detergent, ammonia, or mineral spirits.
- For food, fruit, coffee, tea, and other organic stains, use 12% hydrogen peroxide mixed with a few drops of ammonia.
- Small amounts of paint can be carefully scraped off with a razor or removed with lacquer thinner.
Rust stains are difficult to remove and may be permanent. For rust and other stubborn stains, try using a poultice designed for stone maintenance:
- Follow the directions to mix a paste the thickness of peanut butter.
- Apply the poultice about ¼ to ½ inch thick and spread to extend past the edge of the stain.
- Cover with plastic wrap and tape down the edges with masking tape.
- After a day or two, remove the plastic wrap but leave the poultice. As the paste dries, it should remove the stain.
- Once dry, remove the mixture with a plastic or wood scraper, rinse the counter with distilled water, and dry with a soft towel or cloth.
- Repeat the process as necessary.
How to Polish Marble Countertops
If your polished marble countertop has etching and dull spots, you may want to re-polish it. Polishing can remove minor scratches and etching. Although you can do polish marble yourself, the process requires tools not everyone has.
First, use marble cleaner to remove buildup on the surface of the countertop. Apply marble polishing powder using an orbital hand buffer tool. The slightly abrasive powder restores the marble to a glossy sheen. Remove the polishing powder with a damp cloth. If you’re satisfied with the shine, finish the job by applying a penetrating sealer. If not, buff remaining scratches or etching with polishing powder again.
Do You Need to Seal Marble Countertops?
Most experts recommend sealing marble countertops. Even polished marble is still porous and able to stain. Sealant does not completely prevent stains. A wine spill left on a marble counter overnight will leave a stain even through sealant.
Marble sealers give you extra time to clean up a spill before it can penetrate the barrier and stain the stone. Once properly sealed, your marble countertop will better resist everyday spills and dirt. Recommendations range from applying a spray sealant to your marble counters monthly to ensure a strong barrier, to having your marble countertops professionally sealed every six to twelve months.
Seal with InvisaBLOCK
Marble is a naturally porous stone meaning it consists of tiny holes which allow liquids to penetrate. This penetration is likely to cause stains. In efforts to provide the best possible stain protection for your marble countertops, Granite Plus now uses InvisaBLOCK. InvisaBLOCK is a leading sealant and heavily utilized in the fabrication industry. The sealant creates an invisible barrier above and below the stone’s surface to provide maximum stain protection.
InvisaBLOCK does not change the appearance of your countertops and comes with a 15 year warranty. Don’t take any chances, have Granite Plus seal your newly installed stone with the best available protection. Inquire about InvisaBLOCK today.
Honed Marble vs. Polished Marble
Honed marble surfaces have a matte appearance and satiny texture. Polished marble surfaces are smoother and glossy.
Scratches and etching are less visible on a honed marble surface than a polished one, but spills soak into honed marble more easily and stain more quickly. Honed marble is a popular choice for tile flooring in high-traffic areas because it is does not get as slippery as polished marble.
Polished marble countertops are more stain resistant. But scratches and etching are much more visible in polished marble’s reflective surface. Polished marble is not advised for flooring in high-traffic areas or bathrooms because everyday wear-and-tear becomes very obvious, and it’s dangerously slippery when wet. Polished marble is most often used for countertops, fireplace hearth surrounds and wall tiles.
Honing is not only a marble finish, it is also a process used when restoring damaged stone surfaces.
Calacatta Marble vs. Carrara Marble
Here’s an example of Calacatta and Carrara marble:
Calacatta and Carrara marble are very similar looking types of Italian marble (white with gray vein patterns) with subtle differences. Calacatta has more contrast, with darker, bolder vein patterns on white. Carrara generally has less contrast: light gray with soft, fine veining in slightly darker gray. The two can be difficult to distinguish to the untrained eye since some Carrara marble has thick, dark veins.
All natural stone countertops vary, so you’ll be able to choose a specific slab with the qualities you like best.
Marble vs Granite and Quartz
Marble, granite and quartz each have different properties and strengths to consider when choosing stonework for your home. Marble in particular has unique qualities making it a favorite for prestige architecture and luxurious interior design.
Marble not only has striking natural vein patterns, it takes a high polish beautifully. Marble also has a degree of translucency giving it a luminous “glow.”
Marble vs Granite
As natural, porous stones, both marble and granite are susceptible to chips and stains. Granite countertops are more durable and is often found in kitchens, while marble is more common for bathrooms and other areas. Marble requires more care and maintenance than granite.
Marble and granite are very different in appearance. Granite can be found in a variety of colors and has dark speckles. Marble is usually made up of more solid, lighter colors than granite and has veins running through it. The veins are mineral impurities in the base limestone. Marble without impurities is solid white.
Marble vs Quartz
Quartz is a man-made stone composed of natural quartz, minerals, resins and pigments. Because pigment can be added during manufacturing, quartz is available in almost any color. Like granite, quartz usually contains dark speckles throughout. Quartz can also be manufactured with veining for a marble look.
Marble can be used outside for patio tables or outdoor kitchens, provided it is sealed properly. Quartz countertops are not recommended for outdoor use since its pigments can change color under exposure to UV rays.
Whichever stone you select for your kitchen and bathroom countertops, backsplashes, floor tiles and other remodeling needs, contact our stonework fabricators for a free quote within 1 business day.