I have heard conflicting a assessments that this material is marble and granite. It has some etching from citrus acid as well as a square pattern on the underside of the counterenter image description here

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Edit: below is a picture ID what I am calling etching. Please correct me if I’m mistaken.enter image description here


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This may also be a composite material of some time, sometimes called cultured marble. This has the advantages of a soft stone material - i.e., it won't be as hard as granite but is not a thin laminate. I suspect something of this sort because of the square pattern. A square pattern can easily come from a mold, but would be, I think, relatively unusual to be cut into actual stone.

An advantage of a composite material is that it can be shaped into almost any form. A typical example is a counter with an integrated sink.

  • "Quartz is a much harder material. The Mohs scale hardness of marble is roughly 3, whereas that of quartz is around 7. This makes it much more resistant to scratching, however it also makes re-polishing and general processing a more difficult task, which is why it is most commonly used for kitchen counter tops, where the value added through processing can offset its considerably higher cost." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engineered_stone - Granite (8) does not scratch like that, nor does it readily etch. Even if it was, the remedy is to polish it. And then be nicer to your fake marble floor.
    – Mazura
    Commented Sep 10, 2023 at 21:15

Definitely marble, as opposed to granite.

Both the visual appearance and the acid etching support that, and the acid etching also rules out plastic-imitation-marble which would be visually similar.


I dont think you can tell this way. Its not clear if what you call etching is etching, Both are porous and will absorb liquids. When we had granite benchtop in the kitchen, we were warned to clear up acidic spells right away.

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  • Just linked this in WRT acid and granite: youtu.be/_cZm4PvGPzE?si=1__MKnThaQXCCI8a Granite can stain, but it doesn't etch.
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Sep 10, 2023 at 15:28
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    I’ve updated my original post with an image of what I’m calling etching.
    – Whirlybird
    Commented Sep 10, 2023 at 20:25

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