- Marble is a timeless classic. Throughout the centuries, it was the material of choice for artists and architects to create
magnificent sculptures, monuments, and buildings such as the Taj Mahal in India and the Greek Parthenon. Inspired by such
masterpieces of antiquity, architects and designers of today use marble to add an aura of sophistication and splendor to any space.
Marble is a metamorphic limestone. It begins as a sedimentary stone consisting of seashells and the bones of sea creatures that have
settled to the ocean floor. Calcium in the sediment combines with carbon dioxide in water to form calcium carbonate. High heat and
pressure cause the fossilized materials, along with its original carbonate minerals, to crystallize and transform limestone into marble.
- Like fingerprints, no two pieces of marble are exactly alike. Marble varies in color and veining from stone to stone as a result of
fissures filled with minerals that are present during the stone’s formation. The naturally occurring variations in marble contribute to its
distinctive appeal. Polishing achieves a patina that further enhances the colors of all the trace elements.
- • Interior and exterior in non-freeze/thaw environments
- • Flooring
- • Fireplaces
- • Vanities
- • Shower and tub surrounds
- • Polished: During production, a facet is put on each crystal at a microscopic level – much as a jeweler would facet a diamond. The
resultant smooth surface allows light to refract in and out of the stone in a parallel way. This enhances the visible sheen and gives the
appearance of depth and luster.
- • Honed: Grinding the surface achieves a smooth, non-reflective finish.
- • Tumbled Surface (ancient stones): An antique look achieved by subjecting the stone to a tumbling process.
- • Consider the function of the area involved prior to selection. Marbles range from 5-7.5 on the MOHS hardness scale. (Compare this
with granite stones used for landscaping, which range from 8-9 on the MOHS scale).
- • Green and black colored marbles require a 100% solid epoxy adhesive as they have a tendency to warp from water-based adhesives.
- • Color variations are common and enhance the natural beauty of marble. Be sure to inspect multiple samples of the stone before
selection to ensure satisfaction with colors and patterns.
- • Do clean with a dust mop and neutral cleaner to remove most dirt.
- • Do use a penetrating sealer to prevent staining. Because many stones are porous to some degree, excessive water may cause
reactions such as oxidation (rust), spalling, deterioration of dry veins, etc. “Special Impregnating” sealers are recommended to avoid
- • Do clean marble with “special stone cleaners”, “pH balanced cleaners” or “neutral base cleaners.”
- • Do not clean any natural stone with acidic cleaners, including (but not limited to) vinegar or cleaners with “lemon” or “lime” on the
label. These products will abrade the polish from the stone. Sealers DO NOT protect polished surfaces from these types of cleaners.