Marble is any limestone or dolomite that can take a high polish and still be usable. Marble is generally formed from limestone undergoing metamorphism. When exposed to extremes of pressure or heat limestone turns into calcite or dolomite crystals, which are the primary materials in marble.
Marble has a famous history. The ancient Greeks built their architecture, cities, and sculptures often from Pentelic and Parian Marbles, quarried in Greece. The romans later used marble in their buildings as well, quarrying in the Greek spots and finding roman marble quarries of their own. Marble is, in a lot of ways, what the classical and Hellenistic age was built from.
It is still used heavily today in construction, and can be quarried all over the world. The uses for this stone are almost endless. It’s used in flooring, counter tops, pillars, stair cases, colonnades, paneling, and facing stone in architectural structures. It can’t however be used outdoors, since water would corrode its crystalline structure. It is also very smooth and therefore tends to be slippery, which makes it unfavorable to use in high traffic areas.
Marble is one of the most beautiful stones, with a highly polished smooth face and a wide variety of colors. These various colors are due to impurities, such as iron or carbon, getting caught in the marbles structure during formation. They often appear in stripes which makes the marble, especially when cut, very beautiful.
It’s these properties that make marble suited to some of the more delicate arts. It can be crafted into beautiful home furnishings, and it has been the material used in many of the worlds most beautiful sculptures. It is one of the most beautiful, elegant, historically prevalent stones that can be used.
Some Basic Issues
- Etching - A dull spot on the stone. There are various causes for etching. To get more information click here.
- Loss Of Shine - This is exactly as it says. You lose that luster and brilliance of the shine over time due to a miriad of issues. This is usually an easier fix than most issues though.
- Staining - This can happen from simple things such as a Kool-Aid spill, all the way to a spill of ink on a countertop. Stone Masters Of Idaho are prepared in any event big or small to help you tackle these issues!
How To Care For My Marble
There are many different ways to care for your marble. A lot of people make the mistake of treating their fine stones such as marble with everyday household cleaners to tackle larger issues. Unfortunately this doesn't always work the way that we need them to. In the event that your marble has any of the above issues, please don't hesitate to contact the professionals. Our work speaks for itself. Simply visit our photo gallery to view some of our restoration, installation and polishing jobs for marble!