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Marble tile is a versatile natural stone

by Luis Ocotecatl

January 11th, 2012

Marble is a versatile natural stone which has been used for centuries in homes to create a luxurious and unique look. Because marble is a natural stone, there are variations in the color of each tile. Many homeowners like this, as it creates a unique, one-of-a-kind design, while others prefer a more consistent look, like ceramic tile. Marble is an exquisite mineral that differs from most other stones since it is extremely porous. For example, it allows dirt and stains to set in and be retained far more easily than denser stones. For this reason, marble cannot withstand harsh cleaning mediums, especially with using heavy detergents and acids. One of the best ways of maintaining a marble tile’s overall clean and appealing look is to clean it lukewarm, quite hot water, a soft cloth and an occasional wiping down it with milder, non-abrasive industrial detergents. The marble tile must be thoroughly wiped dry after cleaning.

It is important to note that marble is a gorgeous material, and no natural or man-made component can compare with its luxurious design and stature. Marble is a stone, of course, but definitely not as dense or hard as granite. Marble will wear long and last forever, but since it is poriferous and sensitive to acidic substances, such as juice, wine and coffee, so it can easy stain, etch, or dull the polish rather easily, even when sealed.

The idea of putting marble in your kitchen or heavily used bathroom would not be a good idea. The best use for marble tiles is for powder baths, table tops, tub surrounds, a marble shower, floor tile and stone fireplace surroundings. Marble does, however tend to fade with the passage of time. This, however, does not necessarily detract much from its innate and equally refined beauty. The luster of faded marble anyway, especially on domestic home floors, can be effectively repaired and brought back to life again.Keeping your marble in exactly good form comes easy with a little care.