Marble is a metamorphic rock found in the mountainous regions of most countries of the world. Marble is formed from the re-crystallization of limestone under intense pressure and high temperatures within the Earth. During this process, other minerals are introduced into the structure, which produce the beautiful colors and veining that characterize marble. Its color varies from white to black, being sometimes yellow, red and green, and frequently beautifully veined or clouded. Add in the different types of finishes, such as polished, honed, and leathered, the possibilities are endless! With so many beautiful patterns and colors to choose from, marble is a favorite stone used for kitchen and bathroom countertops.
Marble Maintenance and Care
Marble with its inherent warmth, adds a sophisticated element to the area in which it is installed. Due to the natural characteristics of these stones, marble countertops require some special care and maintenance. Since marbles consist of calcite crystal, they are vulnerable to attack by mild acids, including those commonly found in kitchen and bar settings. Polished marble is especially susceptible to acids and any spills should be immediately cleaned up. Your marble countertop will be sealed after installation and a sealer should be applied annually. With marble, there is always a possibility of scratching and staining, as the stone is not as hard as a granite surface. After regular use, your marble countertop will develop its own unique patina and personality.
Source: Marble Institute of America - http://www.marble-institute.com/
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