All related to white marble and granite

ALL RELATED TO WHITE MARBLE AND GRANITE

White marble is a fantastic material for bathrooms. This beautiful stone is naturally water-resistant and adds a luxurious, elegant feel to any space. Marble has been used for construction the Romans had public baths made of it! Marble is appropriate for many decor styles: contemporary, traditional, modern, classic, and many more. Using marble in the bathroom has two important caveats: you need to seal it, and you need to watch out for slip-resistance. A lot of marble finishes have low slip-resistance, which makes them dangerous in potentially wet spaces like bathrooms. To counter this problem, use a finish with higher slip-resistance, or add rugs in high-traffic areas

If you have marble countertops in your kitchen, you probably can’t stop being overwhelmed by how beautiful they look from time to time. Choosing them was something you thought through, and you expect them to remain beautiful for a long time. If so, that’s exactly why knowing how to clean marble countertops the right way is important.

As all-natural stones, marble is really durable, 2 thousand years old Greek sculpture can testify to that. You can rest assured your marble countertops will outlast you, however, that’s not to say they will not weather. If you don’t care for it properly marble countertops will stain, etch, scratch, dull, stop shining, and so on.

Granite is a durable stone, perfect for countertops

Natural stone countertops can help enhance kitchens, bathrooms, and bars in the home. Although granite is one of the most frequently used countertop materials, a homeowner may wish to use a rare stone. With its fragile, translucent coloring, onyx is one of the more exotic natural stones on the market today.

Benefits of granite and marble

LOW MAINTENANCE

Outside of maintaining its shine/sheen, as with most hard floors, simple dry spoilage removal and mopping will be sufficient to maintain its quality.

EASY CLEANING

Any organic spills can easily be wiped off without causing any further deterioration of granite and marble.

ELEGANT

When granite and marble are polished and maintained well, it will give a luminous shine/sheen. This is often synonymous with elegance and high quality.

ECO-FRIENDLY

Granite and marble are naturally occurring metamorphic rocks found in the earth’s crust. They are extracted, not created, thereby reducing the chemical and carbon output into the environment. Moreover, after their intended use, they can be easily recycled and reused!

HIGHLY DURABLE

Granite and marble are hard rocks that can withstand high forces. This is suitable for areas where there is high human traffic as it would be expected that heavy machinery or objects would not be used. 

Problems with granite and marble

DIFFICULT TO REPLACE

In certain scenarios, when tiles get damaged or discolored, as most granite and marble sets are unique in their color and crystallization, it can be very difficult to find a similar replacement tile to match an existing set of flooring. 

REFLECT NOISE

Hard tiles such as granite and marble do not absorb sound waves but reflect them instead. This can result in corridors or hallways with echoes and create a noisy environment.

EXPENSIVE

For a material that can offer a high-end finish to a facility, it would undoubtedly be more expensive. Granite and marble floors are the most expensive of the floor types available.

HIGHLY REACTIVE TO ACID

Marble floors contain calcium carbonate which is highly reactive to acids. Using the wrong floor cleaning chemicals can have disastrous outcomes. This can cause rapid deterioration of marble flooring resulting in its shine fading to a dull matt finish. Though granite similarly contains calcites, it can similarly lose its finishing qualities with a similar reaction with acids.

SLIPPERY

When a surface is shiny and glossy, it will ultimately be slippery as well, more so when the floor is wet. People can easily fall and injure themselves. Wet granite and marble floors can pose a health hazard without the right cleaning process in place.

How to maintain granite and marble floors and places

Granite and marble floor maintenance is simple. The processes are as follows:

DRY VACUUMING

In the absence of any liquids, vacuuming will be sufficient to help collect any soiling, dust, or any other loose particles, as solid materials will not be absorbed into the floor.

WET MOPPING

Liquid-based cleaning such as wet mopping will help to clean up any light stains or leftover spoilage on the floor. Moreover, wet mopping chemicals used that are scented will give the floor a pleasant smell.

Some of the frequent questions asked by clients

Is deep cleaning necessary?

Deep cleaning of granite and marble floors is important to help remove any heavy dirt or light scuff marks. More importantly, it is a process known as buffing and burnishing whereby it helps to bring out the shine and sheen of the floors.

BUFFING & BURNISHING

Buffing refers to the polishing and the residual cleaning of floors, whereas burnishing refers to polishing floors at a high speed to produce the maximum shine. Burnishing is often done after buffing to achieve a wet-look shine. As it is an intensive process, dependent on the trafficking soiling rate its maintenance frequency can range from a weekly basis to a monthly basis. 

MARBLE CRYSTALLISATION

This method dates back to the 1960s and has over time been phased out. It involves spraying an acid solution over the marble and buffing it with steel wool. This forms a stronger layer of marble forming a sheet of gloss over the marble. The only way to remove this is to mechanically shave the top layer of the calcium. However, due to the acidic content, it will eventually cause the marble to lose strength after each successive crystallization and will eventually deteriorate the quality of the marble over time.

Conclusions

Granite and marble floors are beautiful choices for any facility. Certain precautions need to be taken to make sure their life expectancy is prolonged as long as possible and maintaining a fresh appearance. But using the wrong methods and chemicals can result in disastrous.

ADDED BY EXPERT AND EXPORT TEAM OF BHANDARI MARBLE WORLD KISHANGARH, RAJASTHAN 305801

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