Marble is used greatly in European kitchens as a benchtop, splashback or kneading board due to its beauty, class and charm.
However, marble is more porous than granite and therefore more susceptible to staining if fluids are left on bench tops. In addition, there is the chance of more acids being used in the kitchen such as vinegar and lemon juice which can affect the appearance of the marble benchtop if left on for too long. As marble is a softer material than granite, it can be more prone to scratching.
However, to most Europeans this is “part of the nature or character of stone” and it is not seen to be a deterrent of use as a kitchen benchtop.
We seal all stone benchtops after installation but we would advise a high quality sealant be applied on a regular basis to keep your marble benchtop looking like on the first day.