Does Italian Marble Require Special Cleaning Techniques? May 04 2016, 1 Comment
Nothing makes a bigger statement of refinement or elegance in your home, than marble. The centuries-old process of quarrying or extracting marble, is evidenced as far back as the Roman Empire, when Italian marble was used to create many of the famous monuments you see around the world today.
Many homeowners may feel overwhelmed at the thought of caring for such a gorgeous, porous stone, but the truth is, it's not so much the technique you use to clean your Italian marble, as which products you choose.
What's So Special About Italian Marble?
Aside from the fact that it comes from Italy, Italian marble has other unique characteristics that set it apart from other types:
- Cararra (perhaps the most "famous" of all the Italian marbles), Calacatta, Botticino, and Statuario marbles are well known and admired for their white or blue-gray color.
- Italian marble has stood the test of time, in famous structures and statues found in and around Rome and Greece.
- Quarries in Italy have earned a stellar reputation for exceptionally high standards with regards to quality, and precision in selection, cutting, shipping and packaging their product.
Applications and Benefits
Italian marble can be used throughout your home for a variety of applications including:
- Ornamental accents
- Table tops
The benefits of a marble installation far outweigh the negatives. With the right cleaning and maintenance products, this stone is no harder to take care of than any other. Additional benefits include:
- A significant return on your investment.
- A one of a kind look, as each slab is truly unique.
- A sanitary surface that is hypoallergenic and easy to disinfect.
Honed vs. Polished
The application may determine which type of finish is more suitable; for example, you may opt for a honed finish in high-traffic areas, or for bathroom flooring, where a less slippery finish is desirable, or one that won't show excessive wear and tear. A highly polished marble is more suited for areas that don't have risk of becoming slippery and have less potential for wear and tear.
To Seal or Not To Seal?
Apply water to the surface of your marble: if it absorbs, it needs to be sealed, but if it beads up, the seal is sufficient. Be sure to use a natural stone sealer, formulated by industry experts, and follow directions on the label.
How to Clean Your Italian Marble
- Keep your multi-surface cleaner close at hand, spraying down counters after each use.
- At the end of day, use a product that cleans, conditions and polishes, bringing out the natural beauty in your stone.
Immediately after showering, use a spray on shower cleaner, wiping the surface down with a rubber squeegee.
Sweep or vacuum regularly, using a soft bristled brush or dust mop.
Use a no-rinse, streak free, neutral floor cleaner for routine cleaning.
Heavily soiled areas may require a more intensive cleaner.
Whatever the surface, clean your Italian marble with products formulated and manufactured by industry experts for best results.
For a comprehensive information on how to best care for your marble surfaces, download the free marble care guide below.