MARBLE SURFACE FINISHES AND CARE

MARBLE SURFACE FINISHES AND CARE

FIRST: WHAT IS MARBLE?

Marble is a soft metamorphic rock that forms over years and years of constant heat and pressure. The texture changes with the heat and pressure that is applied to form calcite crystals that interlock with each other. Marble can be found in many places in the world, but the most popular models come from Italy and Greece.

HOW IS IT MADE?

There are two main ways marble is taken from it’s rough form and finished into the luxurious pieces available. Honing and polishing.

POLISHED MARBLE

Marble has a natural polish that lives under the rough surface. Very much like a girl’s best friend, the diamond. To gain this polished appearance, the stone must undergo a physical grinding process that reveals the beauty within. Like sanding a piece of wood, a tool is used in circular motions to scrape away the rough edges. Since marble is a soft stone, a compound is applied before the tool is used to prevent any cracks or breaks. Polished Marble reveals all of the unique natural beauty the stone has to offer, creating a one of a kind pieces.

HONED MARBLE

Just like polished marble, a honed finish is obtained by a physical process of removing layers to reveal a more natural looking stone. However, honing stops short of revealing the gloss that lies underneath the deepest layers. Honed marble is softer to the touch and has little to no reflection. Re-sealing is typically needed throughout the lifetime of the marble.

WHY WE POLISH OUR MARBLE

Polished marble displays the stone’s most vibrant colors and definition giving you a truly unique addition to your home. This process includes applying a seal that leaves your marble strong and maintains the shiny appearance. With this coating, the marble is no longer porous leaving maintenance a breeze and stains are less likely to occur

Marble Black

This compound will be absorbed into the stone and usually discoloration cannot be seen. Occasionally, very small streaks of this can be seen on darker colored marble in certain lighting. You may also see small indentations throughout the finished surface. Have no fear, this is just because we put extra care into making your marble shine to its fullest potential and creating the protection to ensure your piece lasts for years to come.

MAINTENANCE OF POLISHED MARBLE

We recommend using a non-abrasive pad, as polished marble is more susceptible to scratching, and a light and natural cleaner for general cleaning. For dusting, use a warm, damp and clean cloth. Avoid harsh cleaners as this can damage the marble.

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