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Like any fine lady, car or home they all need their maintenance and count marble being right in line with the rest. This is probably one of the warmer or softer looking choices for a stone presence, but will require greater care and upkeep than a granite. Marble is primarily Calcium based and highly subject to etching by anything acidic.It is much softer than a granite and can scratch easily in comparison. During the fabrication process it can and often will break especially if you are cutting any narrow and long pieces such as a splash or trim. These areas are easily repaired & refinished and done quite often in the industry.
There are some materials called granite that can break just as easily and the same repair process is done. Unless the piece is just aesthetically non-pleasing and an obvious repair you can expect your fabricator to utilize it rather than cut a new piece. Often veining is matched specifically and even a new piece would throw of the entire flow of a project so it’s better to do a quality repair and use it.
BASIC MARBLE MAINTENANCE
Use warm soapy water to clean. No harsh chemicals should be used: so try Dove Dishwashing Soap. Scrub with a soft cloth, rinse and wipe then buff dry with another soft cloth.
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There are several products out there such as Granite Division Inc. CPR that can be used weekly to clean as well as add a soft silky feel and light seal. These are not harsh and will not damage your stone’s sealer that was applied upon installation.
You’ve spent hours making sure you’re home is spotless in time to throw the perfect holiday party! The house looks fabulous! Just remember no matter how careful your guests are: there’s always one whom WILL spill and it’s never water…
As your natural stone restoration and maintenance specialists: we’ve got expert tips today on what to do when Uncle Larry spills his red wine all over your new marble countertops… or Little Suzy dumps her (red) kool aid on the matching white tiled floors of your kitchen.
ANY cloth, sponge or paper towel is fine to wipe up a spill, the key is to clean it before it has a chance to soak in. The sealer applied to granite or marble allows time to do this but will not prevent something from penetrating if it is left on for long periods of time. Depending on the sealer applied and the type of spill it can be from 2 hours to overnight before the spill would break down or penetrate the sealer if at all. On an unprotected stone it can range from almost immediately to an hour before a spill would soak in depending on the porosity of that particular stone.
If the spill has had time to penetrate the surface and set then the methods of removal vary depending on the type of material and stain. A poultice of flour and hydrogen peroxide is good for most food stains, oil is best with dish washing detergent or a solvent such as MEK although this works quickly it is rather harsh and smelly.
For organic stains such as molds and mildews a poultice made from bleach is affective. In most cases it is good to leave the poultice on for 24 hr and may require more than one application based on how long the stain has set and what it is. There may also be a need to polish the surface after a stain is removed especially with marble, limestone and travertine. Anything calcium based that an acidic substance such as cola can etch.
There is no real difference in cleaning a porcelain or ceramic tile. The grout is what would stain not the tile itself as these are pretty much stain proof unless they have been heavily scarred and worn. Cleaning grout usually takes elbow grease and time.Vinegar and ammonia is one mixture, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda another. The easiest method is to buy an over the counter cleaner that already incorporates the proper chemicals and ratios. After that, scrub.
1)Make sure your natural stone surfaces and your grout are sealed. you can check this by dripping some water on the surface and seeing if it beads up like a waxed car. If so you have a sealer applied if not it will start to soak in rather quickly based on the stones porosity but will dry out in time.
2) If you have a spill wipe it up immediately: take no chances!
3) Coasters are always a good thing to use especially if you have one of the softer materials such as marble.
By the way… The Rock Docs highly recommend Dry Treat sealers. These are the best we’ve found to help protect our customer’s investment in their natural stonework and come with a 15-year or 25-year warranty.
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Fashion goes in and out of style and what is available as finish on stone is different. Originally you would see stone finished in more of a rough cut or honed finish simply because it was just not possible to get a high polish on it with the available tools. Remember…..stone has been used for centuries and the first finishing machines were men with hand tools and rocks!
With the birth of the industrial age people learned how to polish stone, yet the equipment was very expensive and costly to operate so only the very wealthy or commercial projects used high polished materials. Just over the past two decades has the industrial diamond come into play and now it is very common to see highly polished granite and marble in all kinds of places and at reasonable costs.
So much so that I find myself often taking the high polish off ofmaterial to provide finishes ranging from honed to leathered which are not readily available in the market because everyone has geared up to provide highly polished materials. And so,fashion yet again has come full circle as I stand here looking at 25 slabs of marble my customer wants me to remove all of the polish from.
It’s no tall tale that if you don’t like the weather in Texas: just blink because it’ll change – and most likely at the most inopportune time. Over the last ten years – the range has included Easter snow; Spending the Thanksgiving holiday outdoors grilling turkey and wearing shorts to the mall in December to do last-minute Christmas shopping. However, one thing you can always expect in Texas during the summer are scorching temps to arrive in July and stick around through August. The sun CAN take a toll on your outdoor custom stonework so choose well and here are some tips to help you do just that: