Turning the pages of a glossy interiors magazine inspires fantasies of immaculate Carrara marble or beautifully formed concrete benchtops, but the reality of natural stone surfaces looks a little different. Wear and tear is common across the kitchen, bathroom and laundry include stains, scratches, scuffs, cracking, warping, fading and, that daily gripe for young families, grubby fingerprints. The inevitability of such damage for most households means options are limited when it comes to choosing surfaces.