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Marble Care + Maintenance2018-07-25T22:07:40+00:00

Whether you’re curious about the care and maintenance of marble because you’re considering purchasing a marble furniture or homewares piece, or if you’ve happened to just stumble across this page as a result of a trusty Google Search, you’ve come to the right place.

To help you better understand the answers to some of the most common questions asked about the care and maintenance of marble, we will provide you with a few key points and features about the qualities and characteristics of marble itself.

Our philosophy here is simple. With a little basic care and attention, you can ensure that your beloved marble piece can be enjoyed for years to come.

We will try our best to avoid history lessons, technical jargon, and any ill-fated attempts of product placement in the hope of selling a few marble repair kits.

1. Is the marble protected with a sealer?

Short Answer: Yes

Long answer:

Being a natural stone, marble is inherently porous, meaning that even minor spills can penetrate the stone and cause staining.

A protective sealer is crucial because it fills in the pores on the stone and helps in repelling spills on the marble surface.

That being said, the protective sealer is there to buy you that little extra time in wiping away any spills.

2. Do I need to use placemats and coasters to protect the marble?

Short Answer: Yes, if possible.

Long Answer:

We understand that the marble piece will be used in your home and that at some point in time, there will be some liquid or other items spilt on it.

Just remember to immediately clean up any spills on the table. For items that will experience lots of use, placemats and coasters are always ideal.

Also, avoid placing hot pots and other items directly onto the marble surface as this causes thermal shock, resulting in hairline cracks.

3. How do I maintain my marble top?

Short Answer: With a damp cloth and water.

Long Answer:

As marble is very delicate it must be cleaned with pH neutral, gentle cleaners. For this reason we recommend lukewarm tap water only.

Acids, even the mild acid in vinegar, will dissolve the marble finish and permanently etch the marble surface.

Do not use chemical products for cleaning marble as they can cause permanent staining (even if the container says that it is suitable for marble).

4. What do I do if there is wine or some other liquid spilt on the marble?

Short Answer: Wipe dry ASAP with damp cloth.

Long Answer:

In our experience, this is probably to most commonly asked question. The fear of a red wine stain on an expensive marble piece can create a serious sense of buyers anxiety.

They key thing to remember is that it is essential that you do not leave any liquid to sit on the marble surfaces as it will penetrate the stone and cause staining.

Simply wipe the surface affected with a clean damp cloth using lukewarm tap water. Please remember, no cleaning products!

5. Are surface fissures in the marble natural or a defect?

Short Answer: Natural

Long Answer:

Fissures occur naturally in the stone and are created during the rock’s formation. It is not considered a defect, but an inevitable feature that often adds to the natural beauty and characteristic of the marble.

A crack on the other hand, occurs from an outside force and is not natural. It will be a broken piece of marble that is typically uneven, chipped, or widely separated when running your finger over it.

You will also see a crack by the virtue of a deflection of light and roughness. Conversely, a fissure wont deflect light and will be smooth.

6. Is surface pitting (tiny pinholes) in the marble natural or a defect?

Short Answer: Natural

Long Answer:

During the stone’s development within the earth, pockets of air form that appear to be small indents or holes in the surface of the marble. Referred to as “surface pitting,” these do not impair the durability of the marble.

Some companies fill in these pits with an epoxy resin, however we prefer to leave it natural as we apply a sealer to the marble that protects it even where the small holes are.

Also keep in mind that surface pitting will be more prominent visually on our honed Carrara Marble pieces.

7. What is the warranty for marble pieces?

Short Answer: 5 Years

Long Answer:

A 5-year warranty covers the structural integrity of the marble. Environmental conditions can affect the performance and appearance of the marble, causing changes such as colour change which cannot be warranted.

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