Marble and limestone are tolerant of direct heat, but they are softer and more porous than some stones and thus require delicate care. Our stone is honed to a beautiful matte finish, then coated with a sealant to protect it from spillages, though any spills should be wiped clean immediately. For daily maintenance, use a soft dry microfibre cloth to remove dust. For wet cleaning, use a damp cloth and a pH-neutral cleaner designed for stone. Never use standard household cleaners or abrasives. Do not let vinegar or acidic foods come in direct contact with the stone as this will damage the surface. Periodically seal the stone with a suitable marble sealant. This should be done in response to the level of wear, approximately once every few years. The best way to determine when to reseal is by splashing water on the surface - if it fails to bead up, then it is time to reseal. Sealing will protect against stains and damage, but please note that some sealants can change the appearance of your stone. The best protection against scratches is prevention. Always use coasters and mats to protect the marble from objects that may scratch the surface.