Marble is beautiful, resilient and strong. It can be a big purchase for a homeowner, but it is also something that lasts a lifetime. Here’s what you need to know when making such an investment for your home.
Marble has classic good looks. It is incomparable in its look, a natural stone with textures and design created out of natural processes. Buying and installing marble for your home is an easy decision to make. Knowing what to buy, its size, color and shape depends on several factors, one that can be discussed with the store during purchase or even with architects and designers doing up the interiors of the home.
Natural material like textured tiles work on floors and tight spaces like backsplashes, while walls will need large slabs that will have to be chosen depending on what kind of look and ambience the homeowner is trying to achieve. Mango Onyx for example is a type of marble that is opulent and translucent. It looks grand in a large living room with a double height ceiling. Dark Marble if used in larger spaces can be overwhelming and need to be contrasted with lighter furniture or lighter marbles to enhance the color of the dark stone or bring out its true essence. Before the thought of buying marble however, “make sure you know about the patina or the upper most texture of the marble”, as we constantly tell our buyers who come to us to make their choice. Patina can differ based on whether the marble has a matte or glossy finish.
The care of marble is just like one would do with a child. More care directly translates to a longer life for the stone, allowing more of it to lend to the ambience of a space. Below are shared a few tips to ensure it looks its best for many years.
Sealing – Applying sealing agents repels stains but doesn’t make marble stain-proof. When buying marble, make sure to ask what kind of sealing agents to apply. When beading up of water on the stone stops, it means the porosity has increased and a sealant needs to be applied.
Protection – Food ingredients like tomato, vinegar and citrus – all acidic – stain the stone. Place a table mat or coasters over marble tables and countertops when cooking over them. Wipe up any spills immediately.
Cleaning – Abrasive cleaning materials and acids damage the stone. Sweep or vacuum loose dirt, sponge and wipe up spills regularly. Choose cleaning agents wisely especially when you’re going to be using them frequently.
Spot Cleaning – Stubborn stains can still emerge and change the look of your stone. The best hack to take care of these is a poultice paste that can be applied or scraped out or better still ask us!
An investment into marble is an investment that keeps on giving, long after its purchase. Once purchased from us, it is upto how it is maintained and looked after that you will get your dividends