- It is a non-foliated (no layers or bands)
- It is a metamorphic rock (metamorphism – “change in form”)
- It is produced from the metamorphism of limestone
- Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed of the mineral calcite (calcium carbonate)
- Calcium carbonate comprises more than 4% of the earth’s crust
- Its most common natural forms are chalk, limestone, and marble
Marble requires regular maintenance, as it easily stains. However; many of the new sealers have proven very effective against staining.
- Pros: luxurious and beautiful.
- Cons: porous; stains easily unless professionally sealed; can scratch, and may need resealing periodically
Limitations of marble:
- Wipe up spills immediately (especially alcohol and citrus juices)
- Care must be taken to avoid scratching the surface (ie. coffee cups, bottom of pots or pottery)
- Employ the use of mats and trivets
What are your expectations with marble?
- It can scratch and stain
- Is it the right material for the right application?
- Do you have children?
- What is more important, practicality or beauty?
- Will you mind taking care of it and keeping it clean?
Caring for your marble
Marble is very sensitive to all types of acids. Some of the most commonly found acids in the home can have severe effects on the marble’s surface. Orange Juice, Oranges, Lemon Juice, Lemon’s, Lime Juice, Limes and similar Citric acids can permanently etch the surface of the stone unless cleaned up immediately. Vinegar will have a similar effect to the above Citric acids if left on the marble for a period of time. Scouring pads that can scratch the marble should be avoided.
Hot pots and pans should not be placed directly on the marble’s surface. Always use a potholder or trivet to protect the marble from heat as well as scratching caused by sliding of a rough or metal surface against the marble.
In general, marble should be treated like a fine wood. Coasters should be used whenever possible.