Marble is made of a metamorphic rock composed of recrystallized carbonate minerals, most commonly calcite or dolomite. In geological terms, the word marble refers to metamorphosed limestone and it is commonly used for sculpture and as a building material. The word “marble” derives from the Ancient Greek mármaros meaning crystalline rock or shining stone. This word is also the ancestor of the word marmoreal meaning marble-like.
|In fact, to make a crystalline rock, limestone must be subjected to a lot of pressure for a long time. In appearance, marble is more appealing than limestone. It is used in the constructing of buildings. Thera are some interesting facts about marble:|
|1-Marble is mainly white in color but can come in other colors as well.|
|2-Back in ancient times, based on the color of marble, it is easy to say you could easily tell where a piece of marble came from.|
|3-Marblesince the ancient time, marble has been used to make statues and provide flooring since ancient times.|
|4-sometimes plaster fresco is used instead of marble. Since in terms of price, it is more cost consuming.|
|5. it is interesting to know The Taj Mahal in India is made entirely of marble.|
|6- impurities give the marble the color. Marble usually lays among the oldest part of the Earth’s crust.|
There are many applications in using the marble in the building construction. But mainly it is used in the bathroom and countertops. The various colors of marble for bathroom units and walls, give the bathroom a warm surrounding. Marble can also be used for the floor but the polished surface of the marble is slippery. In that case, the honed marble is recommended. Additionally, marble can be used for fireplace surrounds, tabletops, reception countertops, floor tiles, exterior applications such as braai areas, jacuzzi and pool surrounds, and countertop. T
The use of marble for the countertop gives a kitchen a smooth, soft, luxurious look. It can be a good substitute for a granite countertop. Since it has very good resistance to high heat. you can directly put hot pots on the surface. Unfortunately, due to the soft nature of the stone, marble can scratch. The stone is also porous and will stain if spills are not wiped up quickly.
Marble Stain Resistance
although marble is very vulnerable to stains and scratch easily, using a penetrating stone sealant can solve this weakness. Sealing the surface will definitely affect the quality of marble to be resistant to the scratches and stains. The sealing can penetrate in the small and microscope pores of the stones and it is what has been done by the stone installers. If the marble got the stain, it can be cleaned and the stain is easy to be removed after sealing.
Marble Chemical Resistance
Marble reacts quickly to acids like fruit juice, coffee, soda, alcohol, salad dressing, etc.). such liquids can etch the surface of the marble. Such etching can destroy the polished surface of the marble and remain a stain. the acid that exists in the rain can destroy the surface of the marble-like other kinds of acid liquids. Therefore, it is clear that Acid rain, pollutants, and other weathering elements can affect the surface of exterior marble installations.