MarbleOne of the most popular kitchen counter materials on Houzz is marble (particularly Carrera marble), but as interior designer Anne DeCocco says, marble is not for everybody. "[Marble] is a softer stone than granite, and it scratches and stains easily because of its porous nature. ... But frankly, I like materials that age and show wear. If you don't, then you are not a candidate for marble counters." Marble surfaces take some care and sealing, making them a challenge in homes with kids; acidic stains from breakfast staples like coffee and orange juice will be difficult to clean if not blotted up as soon as the spill occurs. Blot the spill or stain with a soft cloth or sponge and use water to rinse away any remaining spilled liquid. Rinse the soft cloth or sponge with hot water and wring it out thoroughly to remove most of the excess water, which can also seep through the porous marble and cause a permanent stain. Wipe the surface dry with a chamois; don't allow it to air dry. For tough stains: For any marble stain, it's important to wipe the surface as soon as the spill happens. Ask your marble installer or home improvement specialist for a recommended marble poultice. Stay away from: Abrasive cleansers, vinegar and citrus cleansers.