White kitchens are classic, and they gained popularity in recent years likely due to Joanna Gaines’ modern farmhouse renovations on HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Her countertop stone of choice was often marble, with light colors and stunning veining.

While they’re beautiful, marble countertops can be considered high maintenance, says Galen Roth of Roth Restoration in Charleston, South Carolina.

“Marble is a calcium-based stone,” he says. “It’s softer and prone to scratches and etching. Their lack of durability means you have more things to consider as far as everyday use.”

We talked to stone restoration experts to get their tips on how homeowners can protect their marble countertops and keep them looking as gorgeous as the day they were installed.