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Marble Backsplashes

While some homeowners shy away from using marble on their kitchen countertops, it can be an excellent option for a backsplash that receives very little wear and tear. Here’s some information to help you decide if this natural stone is the right choice for your kitchen.


One of the more costly natural stones, marble usually starts around $50 per square foot. It could cost more, depending on the quality of the stone, the thickness of the slab, the color, and where it was mined, plus the cost of installation. Get your free estimates from local kitchen contractors to learn more.


It has an extremely high-end appearance.

As with other natural stones, marble is extremely durable.

Marble comes in a variety of colors and patterns.


Marble comes with gaps and holes that can trap in food or liquid.

More costly than other backsplash materials.

Marble can experience “etching” or permanent damage if acidic materials are splashed or spilled on it.


Marble is an extremely durable material, especially for a backsplash that won’t see much wear and tear. However, it’s important to seal holes that will attract food and liquid and could eventually lead to mold and mildew.


Marble is simple and easy to clean as long as it is cared for regularly. Use a mild soap, warm water and absolutely no abrasive cleaners. Make sure all acidic substances and other stains are cleaned immediately to avoid permanently damaging the surface.

Common Questions and Answers

What marble finish is easiest to maintain?

Polished marble is the easiest to clean and maintain because its surface is slick and can be quickly wiped free of stains and other residue.

Does marble have to be purchased in slabs?

No, marble can also be purchased in tiles. In fact, you can significantly cut the cost of installing a marble backsplash by using tiles instead—compare $50 per square foot to around $2 to $3 per tile.

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