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Pros and cons of calcite countertops

February 26, 2020
calcite countertop

This is one of the most beautiful stones in our inventory. We love the cool, elegant blue and white of calcite slabs. But where does it actually come from? And is it a good choice for your kitchen or bathroom renovation?

What is calcite?

It is a form of calcium carbonate. That’s the same as marble or limestone, but with a different appearance. In fact, marble is often made from calcite that has gone through immense heat and pressure.

Most calcite is white. But calcite slabs often have natural patterns or grains of color, in blue, gray, yellow, green, red, or even black. These are caused by metals and minerals trapped within the calcite: for example, a small amount of iron will make calcite look pink or red.

Pros and cons of the slabs

This is a rather soft stone, which means it can easily be carved into any shape you want. However, that softness also makes it a little vulnerable. If you have calcite countertops, you’ll need to protect them from spills, bumps, and scrapes. Never clean calcite with acids, bleach, or steel wool; instead, use a soft cloth with warm water and a tiny amount of dish soap.

High quality calcite has the same glowing white appearance as marble. For Nature of Marble, we’ve chosen calcite varieties which are gently patterned with blue veins, crystals, or even completely colored blue. These stone slabs have a classic appearance and work well in almost any design.

Calcite slabs are a great choice if you want to decorate your home with a statement stone. It has all the sophistication and beauty of natural marble, but without such a high gloss. It’s something beautiful, but just a little different – like all the best designs!

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