Marble is the eye catcher when it comes to natural stones. Most people desire the coloring and simplicity of a marble; however do not desire the maintenance. Marble is a softer stone more prone to scratching, etching and staining. Unfortunately it is not a matter of if the damage will happen, but when. This beautiful stone requires more work than any other stone. Some people recommend sealing the stone twice a year to help prevent further damage, but this is not a guarantee. Due to the softness of the stone, Marble is usually not recommended for a kitchen surface.