Marble floors maintenance
Marble provides a beautiful and durable building material suitable for flooring, counter tops, walls and tables. It has been a popular building material for a very long time, being used for the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Taj Mahal and Buckingham Palace, to name a few.
Today, the four main sources of marble are Italy, Spain, China and India. They are responsible for over half of the world’s supply of marble. More exclusive marble, such as Connemara marble, is not in as much abundance and, therefore, is a lot more expensive and rarely seen to be used for large buildings.
The beautiful product of crystallised limestone
Marble is a natural product, formed when limestone is exposed to heat and change. This is why it is considered a metamorphic rock. In geological terms, marble is a crystallised form of limestone. It occurs in large deposits, that can be hundreds of feet thick and geographically extensive. Being composed of calcium carbonate, marble will react with acid. In fact, crushed marble is the main ingredient in anti-acid medicines as it neutralises the acid. It is for the same reason that marble will react when it meets acid as a construction material. This is why it is so important to avoid any acidic spills or acidic cleaners.
It is, of course, the beautiful and unique patterns which give marble its luxurious status. The different coloured veins often found in marble are formed when the minerals present in the limestone react differently to the heat than the stone. Marble can come in some stunning variations thanks to the presence of minerals and salts in the stone. Different colours are formed by various deposits. The renowned Connemara marble gets it colour from serpentine present in the stone. Black veins are usually caused by the presence of carbon.
P Mac has been polishing and restoring marble, and all types of stone surfaces, for almost 20 years now. Our dedication to sourcing the best methods and equipment over the years, coupled with our experience, renders us the leading marble restoration company in Ireland. Marble is a wonderful material, particularly for flooring as not only is it beautiful, but it is also extremely durable. However, it does require quite a bit of maintenance, but, once treated correctly, it will last forever. Even the most ancient and damaged marble floors can be brought back close to their original splendour.
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What you can do
Marble is an extremely popular flooring choice for both office, commercial and retail properties as well as for domestic use. However, by nature it is very porous and, therefore, all spills will seep into the stone. It is important to wipe up these spills as quickly as possible. For this reason, it is imperative that your marble floor is sealed, generally with an impregnating sealer to help with the porous nature. Marble has the very handy ability to be polished. It can be sanded down to remove any deep scratches or staining or even etch marks caused by acidic spills. The marble can then be polished up to the desired gloss using progressively finer abrasives. Marble floors maintenance brings out the natural lustre in the stone.
Large marble floors are generally maintained by the in-house maintenance team on a daily basis. Most facility managers responsible for marble floors would be advised to wash the floors daily with a PH neutral soap and then buff dry and polish with a buffing machine using diamond pads. This daily practice keeps the marble floors looking amazing and lustrous and will prevent the appearance of traffic lanes. Daily polishing will help maintain the sealer for up to five years.