Not for guests from Texas
Although this piece is beautiful you need to consider the up keep and functionality of the vanity top before purchasing. I purchased this piece for a guest bathroom. On the vanity top I have two soap dispensers, one with normal Softsoap and the other a decorative dispenser from Bath and Body Works.
I did not read under specifications anything to make me think this counter top would not handle basic soap products or basic wear and tear of a guest bathroom. Nothing included in the packaging or the websites lead me to draw the conclusions that this piece is highly susceptible to staining and requires more than normal maintenance. The picture hosted on various web sites of this vanity depicts a soap dispenser.
Within the first month, I noticed a small ring mark stain, then within a short time later two drip stains on the backsplash. Below is Avanity's response to my concerns and a list of the extensive special care this piece requires. I suggest this is not a vanity of choice when purchasing for a home that hosts regular activity in their guest bathroom.
Through more research and yes, after the fact of experiencing the staining from a normal soap dispenser, I now read that polished marble is very sensitive to citric acid; a common ingredient in both Softsoap and the Bath and Body Works product and just about every soap on the market.
Unless one has a micro fiber towel prepared to wipe at the second each guest takes advantage of using your new bathroom, I would recommend against this purchase.
Message from Avanity:
Below are some information about stone top caring, since this is a light
marble, it does require some special care. It is difficult for us to
determine why there is discoloration, probably the soap drips are not
cleaned and remain on a surface for a period of time. Please do not clean
with a stronger cleaner because it will cause the surface to look dull. You
can consult a local hardware store for a good sealer to seal the top again.
Hope this helps!
â€¢ Marble/Granite is porous and easily stained. Wipe off anything spilled on
it immediately. It should be washed or cleaned regularly with fresh warm
water and a non-abrasive clean cloth. Also, using a nonabrasive, neutral (pH
balanced) cleaner will help remove dirt and grime, but it is recommended to
first try warm water only.
â€¢ Marble/Granite top has been sealed at the manufacturing facility. The
sealer acts as a stain inhibitor and prevents most stains and soil from
being absorbed into the porous surface, but it is NOT a guarantee against
staining. All spills should be cleaned immediately. Avoid contact with all
oils and petroleum-based products. Also, avoid contact with all acid or
caustic products such as vinegar, citrus or fruit juices, soda, chlorine,
and nail polish remover. If the marble/granite is well sea led, the warm
water and non-abrasive cloth should keep it clean.
â€¢ Every year the marble/granite should be sealed with a good quality
marble/granite sealer. Marble/Granite sealers are available at most retail
home supply stores. Follow the instructions on the sealer container for
proper application and frequency of use.
â€¢ Placing protective pads on the bottom of any heavy objects will help
prevent scratching of the marble/granite surface. Periodically rotate
accessories on marble/granite so that they don't sit in the same spot for an
extended period of time.