Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Marble and Stone Cleaning and Care Recommendations

Marble Cleaning Procedures and Recommendations
Marble Care for Floor Surfaces
Dry dust mop floors often using a clean chemical-free mop. Use mats and rugs on marble floors to reduce abrasions caused by sand and dirt. Be careful when using a vacuum cleaner on marble floors. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the surface.

Other Surfaces
Clean stone with neutral cleaner, stone soap, or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Clean with a clean rag mop on floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces. Overuse of cleaning products and soap can leave a film and cause streaks on your stone surface. Keep acidic cleaners containing lemon, vinegar or other acids away from marble and limestone. Completely and thoroughly rinse the stone surface after washing. Dry with a cloth. Also keep abrasive scouring powders or creams away from stone surfaces.
Granite Care and Marble Care for Bath and Other Wet Areas
Use a squeegee after using a stone bathing area to help prevent soap scum from building up.
You can use a solution of ammonia and water (about 1/2 cup ammonia to a gallon of water) to remove soap scum from stone. Do not overuse the ammonia because too much and too often can dull the surface of the stone.
Marble Care for Vanity Top Surfaces
Your stone vanity tops should be professionally sealed. Make sure that your stone supplier or installer gets your vanity top sealed for you. Marble wax works well for sealing stone vanity tops from stains and water spots.
Kitchen Countertops
In the kitchen, stone countertops should have a penetrating sealer applied. Make sure that is done before the installation is complete.  Of course, for kitchen use, you need a non-toxic food safe sealer.
Swimming Pool & Patio
Remove algae and moss with clear water and a mild bleach solution. Rinse well.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Similarities Between Marble and Granite Countertops

Marble countertops and granite countertops are obviously similar in that they are both natural stone building materials. The fact that they are both stone materials means that they are hard, very heavy, and a bit more costly and time consuming to install when compared to their synthetic counterparts.

Another similarity between marble countertops and granite countertops is that both contain unique patterns created by nature. Because of the uniqueness of each piece of stone, the patterns cannot be exactly replicated. That means that what you order may not be the exact piece of stone that you receive. If you are aware of this up front, you won’t be disappointed later. All of the patterns and colors in granite and marble are beautiful and unique.

Both marble countertops and granite countertops are relatively easy to care for. Unless you purchase a specialty presealed type of stone, you will need to reseal your marble or granite countertops annually. This will help prevent the countertops from becoming stained by oils, wine, juice and food coloring. Both marble and granite resist high temperatures. This makes them great in the kitchen. Although placing a hot pan onto the surface will not burn it, it is possible to crack it if the temperature of the countertop is cold. Think about how a cold glass will crack if you pour hot liquid into it.

Friday, September 9, 2011

South Florida Marble Repair

Marble is the most beautiful source of natural stone flooring. Because it is formed by nature, it is always unique. Marble is formed in extreme conditions deep within the Earth. Pressure and heat acting on limestone combine to form the many varieties of marble you see in flooring. It takes months of continuous heat for the limestone to be transformed into marble. Marble can form in a variety of colors such as gray, pink, white, blue, black, brown, and more. Marble is a very popular flooring material particularly for entryways because of its versatility and beauty. Marble provides a stylish, classy, and unique look to floors.  
Marble is an extremely strong and durable flooring material. The calcium carbonate present in marble helps to create its lustrous appearance. However, the patterns and designs in your marble floor can lose their shine and beauty if not properly cared for. Marble flooring must be cleaned and cared for properly in order to maintain its shine. If you have a marble floor, it’s a good idea to contact a South Florida marble floor cleaning professional to maintain it for you. If your marble floor is damaged, you can have it repaired and brought back to its original shine and color by a South Florida marble floor repair professional.