Home owners are now using Marble not only for floors but for counter tops or bathroom vanity tops. Marble is a substance that is much softer than stone and granite. It is actually not as porous as stone or granite, and better at repelling water. What is Marble? Marble is simply compressed calcium carbonate, and if it comes in contact with acidic stuff, including ketchup, soda, lemonade and orange juice, it will dull and soak into the compressed calcium.
Cleaning with harsh chemicals can easily damage Marble. While lemons smell nice they do more harm than good for cleaning marble; and using vinegar is a no no for cleaning marble surfaces. Another thing to consider is that abrasive powders and solutions, or those steel wool pads can cause problems. The biggest area of concern is the bathroom, accidental hairspray dripping onto marble can mar the finish.
The most common question is "how can I protect my new and expensive investment". The first step is to apply a stone sealant. This can be done at the time of the installation by a Marble professional. Unsealed Marble is a semi porous material that can collect dirt and grime, as well as staining easily when liquids are spilled. Using a sealant, the pores of the stone are sealed thus shielding the surface from damage.
Many professionals recommend sealing your Marble every year. The home owner can test if this needs to be done by placing a few drops of water on a clean surface and seeing if these drops retain their perfect bubble shape after approximately 15 minutes. If the drops of water begin to diffuse, chances are your surface is absorbing some of the liquid. Sealing is then needed to be done again.
Sealing is a procedure that can be done by the home owner as there are commercial sealants available at the retail level. However, with the investment of putting in Marble, especially if it was not sealed at installation, some polishing may need to be done, and then sealed. Your Marble professional will better advise the home owner of the best method of protecting your beautiful Marble surface to make it last for years to come.
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