Guide To Marble
Q-What is marble?
Marble is an inorganic substance, created when a carbonate mineral is exposed to immense heat and pressure. When a carbonate rock such as limestone is exposed to high temperatures and intense pressure, the carbonate rock forms into a metamorphic substance such as marble. The immense heat and intense pressure causes the carbonate mineral grains to recrystallize and revert back to its dense rock form. Swirls and veins found in marble are due to many mineral impurities that can found in the grains or layers in the limestone. Some of the types of mineral impurities that can be found in limestone are clay, sand and silt.
Q-What do I use to clean my marble counters?
Using warm water and nonabrasive cleaners ( hydrogen peroxide, clear ammonia or acetone) is a great way to clean marble counters. Hydrogen peroxide and clear ammonia ideally are used for light marble counters. Where as acetone is best suited for dark marble counters.The mixture of these substances creates an effective stain cleaning result which is cost effective and a great way to keep your counters clean. Make sure to have a microfiber cloth and a sponge handy.
Q-Do marble counter tops stain?
Unfortunately yes. Marble counter tops just like any other counter tops are known to stains. Marble counter tops are damaged by substances that are corrosive. Corrosive substances such as orange juice, wine, alcohol and others can cause severe damages. The burning and highly potent nature of corrosive substances starts to break down and dissolve the marble structure which causes stains.
Q-Can you remove stains from marble counter top?
Fortunately, yes they can be removed. Only a professional marble technician can safely restore your marble counter top(s). Marble counter top(s) must be handled with the up most care and restored by only a professional. A great way to take care of your marble counter top is by always using a coaster and to clean up spills immediately.
Q-How come my shower stall marble or granite walls stain even though I have a sealer on them?
Hard water or excessive water which sits and dries will eventually stain your stall marble or granite wall even if you have a sealer. The sealer is not a permanent solution it only last so long. Sealer lasts roughly about 6 months and you should plan to have marble resealed every 6 months. Keeping a squeegee handy is a cost effective way to get rid of the excess water on the wall when you shower.
Q-Can Granite counters stain?
Granite counters can only be stained by an oil substance, a strong acidic substance or a highly potent corrosive element over a long period of time. It is rare for a granite counter to stain. Only a potent oil substance or spill of acidic element and bleach can cause the surface on the granite counter to have a visual stain. The oil, bleach and acidic element has sit on top of the surface of the counter for a while in order to leave a stain. Longer the oil, bleach and acidic elements lingers and seeps in the more damaging it becomes.
Q-How do you remove stains from granite?
A safe and effective way to remove oil stains from granite, is by utilizing a stone poultice. A stone poultice is a mud pack that you apply to the stain. Cover the stain with the stone poultice and let it sit for about 24 to 48hrs. After it dries you can safely and slowly remove it. The active substance in the mud pack should draw out the oil effectively erasing the stain. The safest and most effective way to remove damages and stains to granite caused by an acidic or corrosive agent is by having it restored by a professional. Only can a professional thoroughly restore granite if it damaged and showing visual stain by an acidic or highly corrosive agent.
Q-How do I bring back the shine on my marble floor when it gets scratched and dull?
Any damages or lack of glistening on marble should be handled by a professional. Any work on marble must be done by a professional technician. When refinishing the marble the technician must use a vital technique. Technician has to wet diamond cut the marble with different grit pads. As the technician is wet diamond cutting the marble they start with a heavy grit and work up to a fine. Finally they polish the marble with a polishing compound.
Q- Where is it practical to use marble?
Walls in a bathroom. The most practical usage of marble is shelving. The best place to use marble is on the walls of your bathroom.
Q-Were is it not practical to use marble?
Ideally marble should not be used for counters, floors, shower walls and vanity tops. Marble carries a large amount of attention to maintenance and frequent refinishing work. Depending on the usage and wear marble is relatively expensive to maintain. If you can afford the price of maintaining marble you can use it just about anywhere.
Q-Is Granite better than Marble?
When comparing granite to marble the key information to know are:
- Both granite and marble are genuine natural stone.
- Both are heat resistant and structurally solid. But only granite offers variety when it comes to color.
- Granite also is more durable and less likely to scratch and stain.
- Granite is fairly low maintenance when compared to marble.
- Granite is harder in structure and more durable compared to marble.
- Granite can be used just about anywhere.
- Marble on the other hand is much softer and should be used for certain things (walls in a bathroom).
- Ultimately granite is the more sensible and safer choice.