Marble is an exquisite family of mineral products. Often, limestone that has been previously put under massive amounts of heat and pressure is compressed to create marble. It is frequently composed of around 50% carbonate rocks. Marble is available in several beautiful colors, but the classic is still white with the grey streaking throughout. Always beautiful and a classic look for a home or business, marble is valued for a variety of uses. Often a stunning choice for memorials, marble also makes countertops and vanities equally impressive.
Marble does require some specific attention and maintenance. As it is a porous stone, marble can stain and discolor when not properly cared for when used as a countertop or as flooring. It is a great choice for those who like the imperfections that are inevitable. All marble is one of a kind and the location that the slab was sourced from creates signature variations.
Here are some common questions and answers regarding the use of marble for home and office purposes:
Q: What types of finishes can I have if I choose to purchase marble?
A: There are 3 standard finishes that one can have applied to marble. The first is a honed or matte finish. This will have a smooth and satin like feel and will open the pores of the stone, which can make it more susceptible to acids and stains. The second is a polished finish. This finish will bring out the veining, color and characteristics of your individual slab. This is an excellent choice for countertops as it can make it more resistant. The third is called a leather finish. This is most commonly a finish for dark marbles but is essentially a look that is added to a honed finish. A leather finish gives the marble a soft sheen and not a polished or reflective finish.
Q: Is sealant important for marble?
A: Yes, marble is porous naturally and acids are very damaging to marble surfaces. The two different sealant types are a penetrating sealant and a topical sealant. As both of their names describe, one is designed to get into the pores of the marble to protect it best the other is a surface treater. The topical products are just a buffer that stay more or less on the surface of the stone to provide some protection. Topical sealants can alter the look of the marble and tend to scorch if direct heat is applied to them. Another factor in choosing the right sealant is making sure the sealant product used is food safe. If food will be interacting with your marble countertop, as it will likely do when used as a kitchen countertop, we’ll recommend a food safe sealant.
Q: How often do I need to have a sealant reapplied to my marble.
A: The frequency of the need for sealant reapplication to marble differs greatly depending on location, use, exposure to the elements and acidic conditions. The general rule of thumb is that water should bead up when applied to the surface of your marble countertop, marble floor or marble shower. These areas are going to be the places where resealing may need to occur most frequently. If water is no longer beading when applied, resealing your marble surface may be in order.
Q: What is the best product for cleaning marble surfaces?
A: Again, the rule that most go by is: “Would you use the product to wash your hands?” If not probably best to call us or message the product manufacturer.