Beyond Basic carries only honed marble products. Honed marble has a matte or satin finish and is also scratch resistant; when it does get scratched, it is not obviously reflected when light hits it. However, honed marble soaks up liquids faster and easier.
Dust the Beyond Basic products once or twice a week with a soft cloth. Wash the marble periodically with a cloth dampened with warm water, and, if necessary, a bit of mild dishwashing liquid. Remove the soap with another damp cloth. Never use dusting sprays or abrasive cleaners on your marble.
As marble is a porous material, it is subject to staining if not maintained properly. Marble can be stained and etched by acidic or oil-based products. Once liquids spill on the marble products, blot it off immediately; wiping the area will only spread the spill. Flush the area with plain water and mild soap and rinse several times. Dry the area thoroughly with a soft cloth. Repeat as necessary.
Do not place hot items right off a stove or out of an oven directly on the marble surface as excessive heat can cause damage and potentially leave scars or burn marks. Using marble as a cutting surface will also result in scratches as if cutting on a piece of wood.
At the end of the day, any stains or etching on your marble products should not deter you from continuing to love the character and beauty that the product develops with use. The product has only become uniquely yours! :)