About Marbles

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What is Marble?

Marble can come in a variety colours and this metamorphic rock composed of re-crystallised carbonate minerals, such as dolomite or calcite, can be used for many things. While it is most commonly used for building projects, such as vanity sinks, flooring, and walls, marble can also be used in sculpting and used as a dust for various art projects. Known as the “shining stone” in Greek, marble is also called “marmoreal,” or marble-like in English. This stone is aptly named because of its colouring.

 

What are the Characteristics of Marbles ?

Did you know that marble is actually a limestone that has been heated and been under pressure so that a calcite forms? Mineral deposits mixed in with the limestone determine the colour of the marble. For instance, pure marble is white. Did you know there are 17 different marbles from around the world? Marble may be beautiful, but pollution has left its mark. The finish on marble may not be durable because of pollution. Marble can be polished to improve its shine. Some homeowners, business owners, designers, architects, artists, building or housing developers; however, may not know the main ingredient in marble, calcium carbonate, is susceptible to acid. Acids can damage the marble’s polished shine (depending on the type). Natural elements, such as rain, snow, water, may also damage marble. These are some things homeowners should consider before installing or using marble.

 

What are the Different Applications for Marble?

Marble can be used for flooring, feature walls, bathroom vanities, tubs, counter tops, tabletops, and bathroom walls. Honed marble is a cross between a polished flooring and its natural state. It can give the natural stone a satin-like appearance. Polished marble has a high gloss sheen and can be extremely slippery. Tumbled marble may also be a flooring option. Some marble is better than other marble for outdoor applications because it is harder and will withstand high traffic wear and tear. Sealers, made with acid, cannot be used as it reacts with the marble and can cause marble to dissolve in some circumstances.

 

How to Care for Marble and Marble Vanities, Tiling, etc?

Marble can be easily cleaned by dust mopping with a dry, non-treated, clean mop can remove debris from a marble floor and not leave scratches. Stone soap (found at hardware stores or mild dish detergent) can be used to clean vanity sinks and counter surfaces. Do not use too much water or soap because you can create streaks. Lemon cleaners and vinegar should not be used because of the acidity in the cleaners. Scouring creams should also not be used because they may scratch marble vanities and counters. Ammonia and water may get rid of soap scum and a thin layer of automobile wax on a vanity sink can get rid of the hard water spots and keep your bathroom looking nice.

 

Comments 4

  1. raden
    raden says: September 20th 2016, 17:54

    Hi,
    Can i know the price of Portoro Gold Marble for flooring in square metres please.
    Thank you.

    Reply
  2. Kelvin
    Kelvin says: June 18th 2017, 10:37

    Hi, Sir/Madam,
    Please provide quotation for marbles type Moca Cream for HDB 4 room flat(1 Living hall + 3 bed rooms)

    Reply
    • Polybuilding
      Polybuilding Author says: June 20th 2017, 17:13

      Hi Kelvin,

      Thank you for your comment. Can you kindly email us at enquiries@polybldg.com.sg for us understand your needs and hence quote you better? Look forward 🙂

      Cheers,
      Polybuilding

      Reply

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