It's a natural stone, and as such is porous and requires sealing to really make it appropriate for use as being a cooking area top. After this you will need to sand out the scratches on the marble exterior itself, and most of all, re-apply the dressing to the marble countertops to seal them & guard them from the elements. Even more than the beauty of its and unique distinctions, marble is thermally resilient. It is in a position to withstand high heats, and also presents environments a clean, pure and graceful look. The history of the stones are able to outlast the human race wherever and at anytime.