Marble warehouses sell a variety of marble slabs in all different colors. The slabs are also arranged by size. What kind of size you need depends on what kind of project you are doing. Marble is a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops. These slabs of marble make for a lovely and modern looking home. Countertops that are made out of marble are elegant, cool, and bright: their shine adds to whichever room the countertop is in and livens up the whole home. Marble slabs vary in price and the type of marble you buy will dictate the cost.
There are three different kinds of marble finishes you can select at a marble warehouse:
A honed finish is created through sanding the marble, creating a satin smooth finish. By sanding the marble, the colors in the marble become muted, but honing the marbles surface will open the marbles pores and make it more susceptible to staining.
A polished finish requires grinding and buffing. This process creates a high-gloss surface, slick with color. This is the least porous of the finishes, but the one that is the most susceptible to etching. Dont use generic household cleaners on this type of marble surface. That way, your marble is protected from scratches and etching.
A leather finish is the last of the marble finishes. A leather finish has a soft sheen, but is not reflective like a polished finished. This type of finishing is most commonly used for dark marble colors. This kind of finish also creates texture in the marble that can hide imperfections that may already exist in the stone.
Marble warehouses should have a variety of different colors and styles of marble slabs for your choosing. Marble comes in hues of white, black, grey, yellow, green, and pink. Marble slabs also have different patterns. Every piece of marble is different and its best to go and look at all of the different varieties that are available to you. Because of its versatility, marble is adaptable to virtually any kitchen or bathroom space. Marble warehouses should have demo kitchens and bathrooms for you to look at. There, you can decide what style of marble you want for your own home.
Caring for Marble Countertops
At the marble warehouse, check with the store clerks to see if they have any advice on caring for marble countertops. Marble can stain easily, so its good to have a clean-up plan in mind.
Always wipe up spills as soon as they happen. Because marble is porous, it can easily absorb other liquids that are left on its surface. Part of caring for the countertops involves preventative measures. Use a cutting board to cut up any fruits or vegetables. This will also prevent any etches or marks in the marble left behind by a knife. If something dark is spilled on the countertop, a poultice of water and baking soda can be mixed together and left on the stain overnight to lift the stain out of the stone. Ask your marble warehouse dealer for other tips.
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