Marble

Marble has been used since ancient times in architecture and sculpture, its name meaning to gleam or sparkle in Greek. It is a metamorphic rock containing calcite or dolomite in high concentrations with many coloured varieties available. The different colours depend on mineral impurities in the material, with clay, iron oxides, sand and silt creating the beautiful veined patterns running through the marble. Marble varies not only in colour but also in the amount of veining and the size of the grains, with many different combinations quarried all over the world.

Marble with heavier grains offers more colour variation than fine-grained marble, which is more uniform.

Today, marble is often the gem of kitchen renovations bringing timeless sophistication and elegance to modern homes. It is popular and sought after by both homeowners and interior decorators as a cornerstone to kitchen upgrades, instantly giving kitchen spaces a more luxurious and regal feel.

Appearance

Marble comes in a variety of colours including pink, gray, yellow, white and black, with deeper coloured veining running throughout the material. Various finishes are offered on marble including a polished finish, in which the surface is buffed to a shine that embellishes the colours but makes the surface more susceptible to scratches. A honed or matte surface will hide imperfections better, and will give a smooth, soft feel to the marble. Leather finishes are best suited for dark marble, also good for hiding scratches and fingerprints.

Maintenance

Unlike quartz, marble is a porous material that is susceptible to staining. It needs a professional sealing upon installation and regular resealing once a year, which can be done at home with a store bought sealer. With a sealer in place, regular upkeep and wiping spills as soon as they happen, stains can be avoided. Acidic fluids like tomato juice, vinegar or lemon can cause a chemical reaction leading to etching on the surface. To clean marble, it is recommended to use a specially formulated natural stone cleaner that does not have any harsh chemicals, or use a damp cloth or soft sponge. If the marble has faded it can be polished before the next sealing to restore its shine. Chip and crack repair kits are also available on the market for at home repairs, with coloring pigments that can be matched to the colour of your marble. To avoid surface damage use cutting boards, hot pads and trivets to prevent heat damage and coasters to avoid contact with wet objects. To tackle stains use a specially formulated stain remover made for marble.

Installation

For an expensive, beautiful and softer material like marble, professional installation is recommended to avoid paying for damage caused during DIY installations.

Properties

Marble is renowned for its elegance and beauty, used as an extremely versatile material in flooring, countertops, columns, architecture, bathroom tiling, etc. Like granite, as a natural stone it is more heat resistant compared to quartz. Marble is a porous material, easily absorbing sealer and without it capable of absorbing spills that will stain. Compared to granite it is softer and more susceptible to chipping and cracks from contact with sharp and heavy objects. Despite this, marble can serve for a very long time if properly cared for. Marble is also a great natural option for environmentally friendly households, as it is quarried from the earth and cut into slabs without the use of harmful chemicals. It holds a naturally cool temperature, and has a sleek, polished feel which can be slippery and reflective of the light.

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