What is marble?
Marble is a metamorphic rock derived from limestone. Naturally occurring limestone is sealed inside the earth. While buried, it is exposed to tremendous heat and temperature. This changes its composition and turns it into marble. Limestone is a chalky, dusty rock, while marble is hard and compact.
Because of the high concentration of calcium in limestone, most naturally occurring marble exhibit white veins and changes in coloration. The colour can turn milky or opaque because of the presence of calcium in the rock. Marble also glows. The calcium present in it allows light to penetrate about three millimetres into the rock before reflecting it. This mutes the light and causes the marble piece to glow.
Ideal for: Vanities, counter tops/reception desks, and wall lining.
Marble is more expensive than granite and is available in a wide range of colours, it is often used for its beauty, but it is more porous, softer, and chemically sensitive than granite. Because of this marble surfaces are not recommended for high traffic areas such as kitchen bench tops.
Clean the surface regularly with a specialized cleaning product for natural stone. We stock Lithofin easy-clean for everyday cleaning use. For more information on this product and others for natural stone please visit www.lithofin.com
- Seal your bench top every 6-12 months.
- Clean up spills immediately to minimize damage to your stone.
- Use trivets or mats under any hot objects.
- Avoid setting beverage glasses directly on marble as they leave rings.
- Fruit juices, carbonated beverages or other acids will etch (remove the shinny surface) if allowed to remain on marble.
- Do not use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom and grout cleaners.
- Do not use scourers of any type of abrasive products on marble as it will scratch the stone.
- Do not sit or stand on marble as it will crack.
- Do not use the marble as a work surface as it will leave permanent scratches.
- Do not place toiletry products directly on you marble surface.
- Avoid dropping heavy or sharp objects on marble.
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