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What Are the Best Stone Kitchen Worktops?

Stone Kitchen Worktops

You are most probably here because you are considering which type of stone you should be using within your kitchen renovations. Quartz Stone, Granite and Marble are three of the most popular materials you could use within your home, let alone just for your kitchen worktops. All three offer different benefits and all have their selling points, however the decision you make will depend on which colours and shades you prefer as well as how the material will fit in with your lifestyle and use of kitchen worktops.
To help you along your way to deciding which stone is best for you and your lifestyle, we have provided a list of benefits from all three of the above mentioned stones. Don’t know whether to go for the practicality of Quartz, elegance of Marble or the stunning Granite? Then read on to find out what they all have to offer you.

Marble

When it comes to choosing Marble, you will be getting one amazingly distinctive stone for your kitchen worktops. This stone is absolutely perfect for anyone who loves the uniqueness of Marble because with every slab you never know what you will be getting as it offers a very un-uniformed appearance which adds great character to any home.
Marble offers a natural touch to your cooking preparations and is great for anyone who likes to bake because its natural warmth makes bread making and rolling dough far easier than any other stone. Due to its elegant appearance, it makes one great place for cooking and dining with friends and family.

Quartz

Quartz Stone is a wonderful material for absolutely any home, as it has been man made you can get a look of most other natural stones such as Marble effecting. As it has been engineered it has a very consistent appearance which offers a very uniformed colour and pattern with every single slab that you just cannot get from other types of natural stone.
If you are an environmentally friendly type who enjoys sourcing materials that are sustainable, then Quartz is definitely the choice for you as it incorporates recycled materials and only contains a very small amount of resin as 93% of the slab is Natural Quartz.
As Quartz is a non-porous stone, it will never stain which further makes it perfect for kitchen worktops. Regardless of what you spill it will never hold onto any liquids which also makes it extremely hygienic as it will never harbour any spills. It is also a very strong stone and incredibly difficult to scratch, great for kitchens due to the use of sharp objects and items being placed down on top of the surface.
Quartz Stone is also great for anyone who is on a budget because as it is the most common mineral in the Earth’s crust, it is very cheap to purchase and will not require any long term costs due to never requiring any treatments such as sealing.

Granite

Granite is quite simply one of the most popular materials to use within home renovations, which means that you will be purchasing a stone that offers timeless beauty. Why is Granite perfect for kitchen worktops? Because it is one of the hardest materials on Earth which makes it great for high traffic areas, especially if you have children. Granite will never scratch under normal use as long as you take care and maintain it well and it is incredibly easy to keep clean and hygienic for food preparation areas.
One of the most searched terms when people are looking to buy a property is whether the house contains any Granite, which means that it will only add value onto the property if you ever sell it on, making it more of an investment piece.

We have such an extensive range of finishes available and over 30 Granite colours available within our store, so you can feel confident knowing that you have such a wide choice to choose from so you can be sure that you will love it for many years to come. There is no point in choosing a colour or pattern that you are not crazy about with Granite, whatever colour or pattern you want, we will have it.

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Marble Table Tops – Pros & Cons

Marble Table Tops

You have most probably come across this article during your search for more information about Marble table tops as you are considering having it within your home. Marble is such a great choice as it offers both beauty and timeless elegance. If you are looking to add a natural touch to your home, Marble is the perfect choice. However, there are many things to consider before purchasing Marble for your table top.
To help you decide whether Marble is for you, we have created a list of pros and cons of Marble for this exact purpose.

Pros of Marble

As long as you are prepared to take the time needed to carefully maintain your Marble table top, it can last for many years and sometimes generations. It is a piece that can be enjoyed with your friends and family for many years to come and is sure to be a talking point of the room because of its beauty. Marble is such a beautifully elegant stone and nothing really compares to the look and it is able to pair perfectly with almost any décor.

Marble will never go out of style so there is no need to worry about changing your table top in the future. As it can last for generations, you will be able to pass it down to your children or family members for them to continue to enjoy after you. You will never need to change from having a Marble table top, unless you want to.
Marble is also available in a huge variety of natural colours that have been designed to offer both modern and traditional looks. Even those who are looking for an antique appearance will be satisfied, regardless of your style and personality you will be able to find the perfect look for you.

Cons of Marble

As you will be using it for a table top which will be a high traffic area for food and drinks, the fact that it is a very soft stone and vulnerable to staining and scratching may be a problem where food, drinks and sharp objects are concerned. As it requires regularly, yearly sealing, this treatment will not prevent its vulnerability to being scratched. As it requires sealant once a year, this may be a large commitment for a lot of people as well as a long-term cost to consider. Not only that, but Marble is highly sensitive to a lot of common substances within households. Substances like cola, coffee and wine may dull the finish of your Marble table top, which means you have to take great care to not spill and use coasters all the time.

The good thing is that Marble can always be resurfaced by a professional however the cost of this is likely to be quite high.

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5 Beautiful Marble Colours for Wet Rooms

Marble Colours for Wet Rooms

The reason why Marble has such huge appeal is because it is such a beautiful and high quality stone. Marble is also such a unique stone and is a completely natural stone, it does have an elegant, varied appearance in terms of its colouring and veining.

Marble is able to be used for a range of purposes with bathroom flooring and wet rooms being one of them, so let’s take a look at 5 of the most beautiful Marble colours to have for your wet room.

White Staturario

This Marble slab is one of our white colours within the range. The main colour is white with grey colouring and patterns. Perfect for anyone who is looking for a light and bright wet room, white also goes with almost any other colour out there so it is great if you do not want to change décor.

Golden Portoro

This Marble slab’s main colour is black, making it a very luxurious colour choice. On top of the black is a honey coloured pattern which makes it even more beautiful and elegant. As with a lot of our colours, black is a good choice as it also goes with almost any other colour out there – perfect for those who like to often change their décor and accessories.

Rain Forest Golden

Rain Forest Golden is a gorgeous colour that shouts ‘luxury’. As the name suggests, it is very golden and almost a caramel colour. On top of the indulgent caramel is white and brown veining.

Crema Marfil

Crema Marfil is one of our ivory colours within the Marble range but it is such a gorgeous creamy colour. On top of the cream is a faint pattern of darker cream. This colour is great for those who do not want a block colour but equally do not particularly want to have a vivid pattern or veining.

Crema Valencia

Crema Valencia is another one of our cream colours and it is such a beautiful colour and has been perfectly paired with veining that is almost purple in colour. It may sound a bit quirky, but it is definitely one you have to see to appreciate.

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Pros and Cons of Marble Flooring in Bathrooms

Marble Flooring in Bathrooms

Marble has a great appeal because it is so beautiful and is such a high quality stone, but while it has its pluses it also definitely has its downsides. While Marble is becoming increasingly popular and popping up in more and more homes every day, the question we should be asking is should it be?
This article is here to offer you a guide on things that you should know and consider before going ahead and buying Marble for your bathroom flooring.

Pros:

Uniqueness

One of the reasons why Marble is so popular is because it has a great uniqueness about it. As it is a natural stone, it has a varied appearance in terms of veining and colouring which results in a unique look.

Multiple Uses

As Marble is such a soft stone it can be used in a range of different ways, which is excellent for repurposing leftovers where possible. Marble can be machined due to its softer nature than a lot of other stones and can therefore be used for flooring, counters, walls and even smaller things like door casing details.

Cons:

Too Much ‘Uniqueness’

That is right, one of Marbles best traits could also be seen as a downfall for some customers. While a lot of customers love that each piece of Marble is different from the next, not all customers share this view. Marble can often have a very non-uniformed appearance and may not suit everyone’s taste and style.

Too Soft

Again, another one of the bonuses about having Marble could also be seen as a big downfall for bathroom flooring. As Marble is incredibly soft, it can hold onto liquids and spillages. For example, if you are someone who dyes their hair regularly then your new Marble flooring could become stained as it holds onto the dye. Once Marble has been stained it can be very difficult to remove.

Not Family Friendly

As Marble is super absorbent it is not considered the best family friendly material for bathroom flooring or within the bathroom at all, especially for those with a downstairs bathroom and little ones who like to wander about. Any spillages or marks that your young children will make could end up permanently damaging and staining your beautiful Marble flooring.

Regular Maintenance

If you are planning on getting Marble for your bathroom flooring then you need to take into consideration the long-term costs. Marble needs regular sealing to be maintained and looked after properly, which could be a downfall for those who are not able to commit to that cost.

Cleaning Products

Unfortunately, Marble can also be marked by acidic materials and products such as cleaning products and lemon. This means that you would have to be careful which cleaning products you buy or make yourself at home so you do not end up marking your wonderful new flooring. Again, this makes it perhaps not the best choice for homes with young children who may get their hands-on things that they should not.

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Floor Tiles: Quartz Stone Vs Marble – Pros & Cons

quartz floor tiles

No matter what room they are in, floor tiles need to be long-lasting, durable, strong, and they also need to look fantastic too. You need to make very sensible choices at this point, because if you go for the wrong option, you may find yourself having to replace them sooner than you would have liked, costing you time and money which you can’t really afford.

For that reason, putting in thought and time at the planning process is vital. One of the main things you need to think about is what material you’re going to go for, and then you need to think about the colour, finish, and pattern you’re going to opt for also.

When it comes to the material, you can choose between many different ones, but two of the most popular currently are quartz and marble. If you’re stuck between the two, let’s check out the pros and cons of each to help you make your decision.

Quartz Pros and Cons

Quartz is an extremely strong stone, and that means that it is perfect for floor tiling, because it’s not going to be damaged at all easily. The stone is going to be around 93% natural origin, with just 7% added in resin for the type of colour you choose. Whilst quartz is extremely highly scratch, stain, and heat resistant, you do need to be careful in terms of anything which may stain it over long periods of time, so to cut out the issue, just mop up anything which spills and may stain.

When cleaning quartz, you should use only warm, soapy water and a soft cloth, avoiding harsh cleaning products and scouring pads. This is a major advantage because quartz floor tiles are easy and clean to keep clean.

Another plus point is that quartz is the only stone which doesn’t require any maintenance at all, so no yearly sealing or anything else added in. This is because quartz is non-porous, so it doesn’t absorb water. Of course, in terms of floor tiles, this is a con because it may become slippery.

On the down side? Probably the huge choice of colours, because whilst this is a great thing, it can also lead you to make a mistake. You need to go with a colour which is going to ‘go’ with everything else and also something which is going to go with the future redecorations you make.

Marble Pros and Cons

Now we have marble, one of the most opulent stones around. Marble floor tiles look amazing, and they are all unique, with no one tile ever being the same as another, thanks to the iconic veining. You can choose from countless colours and shades within them, so you don’t just have to stick to black and white, and you can be sure of a long-lasting result, if you look after it properly.

The downside is what we have just mentioned – marble doesn’t look after itself, and it does require yearly sealing to keep it in top condition. This is because marble is a porous stone, so you need to make sure that you carry this out. Of course, this means that marble is porous, so it absorbs water, and that is a plus point for floor tiles, because they won’t stay wet and slippery for very long at all.

Which will you choose?

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10 Beautiful Marble Colours For Contemporary Kitchens

Marble Colours For Contemporary Kitchens

Marble is a fantastic choice for kitchen counters, whether you have a traditional choice or something a little more modern. There’s no denying it however, contemporary kitchens look fantastic and are seriously on trend right now. Marble is the ideal combination, to give you a hint of opulence and timelessness in your contemporary design. Pair this with sleek appliances, silver handles to your cabinets, and keep everything as modern as possible, and you’ll have a fantastic décor you will want to keep for many years to come.

Obviously marble is a natural stone, and one which is available in countless different shades. You might be feeling overwhelmed at the choice, but here are ten of the most beautiful marble shades to throw into your contemporary kitchen plans.

  1. Bianco – This is a plain white marble slab, which looks fantastically white. This can be paired with countless other colours, and it has that timeless opulence going on, which marble is so famous for.
  1. Arabescato Vagli – Again, this is a white marble shade, which gives you that famous appearance, but to tone down the harshness of the colour, there are dark grey veins running across it.
  1. Botticino Classico – When paired with cream cabinets, or white cabinets, this particular shade of marble is delicious! The base tone is beige, and there are veins of darker beige and white running through it.
  1. Belgian Black – From the name you will have guessed that this is a black marble shade, but it is plain black, jet black, and that looks fantastic with white or cream!
  1. Rojo Alicante – If you want something totally different, this is the one for you! The red base colour is accented by black and white veins which run across it in varying thicknesses.
  1. Rosso Verona – Pair this orange marble base colour with cream or white and you have one of the most beautiful combinations for a small kitchen, really reflecting the light for extra space. The pattern over the top is a mixture of darker orange and red, almost in swirls.
  1. Verde – A large kitchen will really benefit from this mid-green swirl pattern of marble. Again, you can pair this with black or you can go for white to create a lighter mixture.
  1. Rosso Levanto – This is a very busy pattern that looks wonderful with a white or cream cabinet. The black and brown base colour is accented by white and brown veins which look almost like scribbles.
  1. Crema Valencia – Again, we have a beige/brown combination, which looks opulent with lighter coloured cabinets. The veins which run across it are in a darker orange shade, and run together to form a ‘cracking’ pattern.
  1. Marrone Imperial – Finally we have a very different kind of shade, but one which is extremely popular. This particular base colour is somewhere between gold and brown, and the top veining is in a ‘web’ pattern, of a lighter gold shade.

Remember to check out your preferred shade, or shades, in person. Visiting a showroom will give you a real view of the shade you’re thinking of choosing, remembering that certain lights can change the actual appearance. Check this out before you buy, and remember to shop around!

Marble is a fantastic choice, and one which is sure to look fantastic.

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Quartz Vs Marble – Which Will You Choose For Your Bathroom Vanity Units?

bathroom vanity units

When you are redecorating or even renovating a bathroom, you need to think very carefully about different aspects of the room. You need to install a bath or shower, if there isn’t already one there, you need to think about flooring, tiling, and you need to think about the overall décor too. Obviously, another thing you need to consider is the vanity unit.

A bathroom is simply not a bathroom without a vanity unit!

For this reason, we are dealing with a piece of equipment which is essential.

The biggest decision you have to make where your vanity unit is concerned is which material to go with, and then which colour or style to choose. Two of the most popular materials around are quartz and marble. These are both natural stone choices, but what sets them apart?

Let’s compare the two and see which one comes out on top.

Quartz For Bathroom Vanity Units

Quartz is a non-porous material, which means it doesn’t absorb water and it doesn’t harbour any germs or bacteria; in terms of a bathroom vanity unit, this is both a pro and a con. The non-germ harbouring side of things is definitely a pro, but the fact that water doesn’t absorb could be seen as a downside – this means that your vanity unit may have standing water on it for much of the time. Now, quartz doesn’t need maintenance, i.e. it doesn’t need regular sealing, other than the usual cleaning you would do anyway, and this is a definite plus point.

Quartz is also available in countless colours, patterns, and finishes, whilst also being very readily available on the market, so you can shop around for the best deal. Quartz is highly scratch and heat resistant, so you can put your hair straighteners down on the surface for a short time, without having to worry about burn marks.

Basically, quartz is a fantastic choice, and aside from the question of whether porosity is an issue or not, there are no major downsides at all.

Marble For Bathroom Vanity Units

Whereas quartz is non-porous, marble is certainly porous, and again that could be seen as a downside or an upside. On the upside, marble will absorb standing water, so it won’t be a wet or slippery surface, but on the downside this does mean that the material needs regular sealing, to ensure that the absorbed water doesn’t cause any cracking or weakening issues in the future.

White marble is an iconic choice for bathrooms, and has been used in public and high quality buildings for centuries – think back to the Ancient Greeks and Ancient Romans, they all loved white marble for their communal bathing areas. For this reason, you have a very opulent appearance when you choose white marble, although there are many other colours available too. The downside? Marble might not be as tough or hard-wearing as quartz, and it isn’t heat resistant, so you will need to use heat saving pads for your hair styling tools.

The end choice really is a personal one, and whichever option you go for, always remember to shop around to get the best deals on the market. Both options will look fantastic, and there are countless colours and patterns to choose from.

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How to Clean Marble Worktops and Tiles

Marble Worktops and Tiles

When you choose marble for a worktop, or you decide to go down the route of marble tiles, you are certainly making a very attractive and opulent choice. Marble looks fantastic, and provided you look after it properly, and give it due care and attention, it will certainly last you for a long time to come.

Marble has a reputation of being fragile and difficult to look after, but it’s really only about following a few guidelines, in order to keep your worktop or your tiles in perfect working order. Whether you have chosen classic white marble, or you’ve gone for something a little edgier, follow these simple steps to clean your worktop or your tiles. There is nothing particularly expensive in the repertoire of cleaning materials for marble, and it can be as easy as soap, water, and a soft cloth!

Never leave water standing on the work surface/tiles

Marble is a porous substance, so it will absorb liquids quite quickly. Absorbed water can lead to damage or cracking at a later date, so it’s always a good idea to try and minimise this as much as possible, whilst also ensuring that you seal your worktop or your tiles at least annually, if not more frequently.

Clean up spillages or acidic substances immediately

Marble is particularly sensitive to any spillage which is acidic, so it’s important to try and avoid these types of substances from coming into contact with the surface as much as possible, or clean them up straight away if a spillage does occur.

Clean with an all-purpose cleaner, water-based

It’s important to avoid any harsh chemical cleaning solutions, because these will damage your marble and leave it looking dull and etched. You can simply use a gentle all-purpose cleaner which is water-based, or a cleaning solution which is pH neutral. Apply this by filling up a spray bottle and simply spraying it onto your marble. Alternatively, warm, soapy water will do the job effectively.

Use soft, damp cloths, avoid anything abrasive

Scouring pads or anything which could scratch with an abrasive surface should be avoided like the plague where marble is concerned. Instead, use a soft, damp cloth, and a dry, soft cloth to buff the surface afterwards.

Remember marble maintenance

Marble requires sealing on a regular basis, and you can do this in-between by simply applying a sealing spray. This leaves a protective layer between the surface and the environment, and stops anything getting too close which could cause damage.

The rumour that marble is a fragile stone is entirely false. Yes, you do need to look after marble, but when you make an investment in any part of your house, you should look after it carefully. Provided you avoid anything harsh, you mop up spillages immediately, and you avoid chemical cleaners, there is nothing particularly difficult involved in cleaning and maintaining marble.

There are many sealing sprays on the market which can do the job without major upset or worry, but this is certainly a part of marble maintenance which shouldn’t be avoided. Providing that protective layer between the environment and the marble surface is imperative to keep your worktops or tiles looking fantastic for as long as possible. When you spend money, you should protect the item you’re spending cash on!

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5 Beautiful Marble Stone Colours for Vanity Units

Marble Stone

A vanity unit can really make a bathroom stand out – having a sink unit with cupboards or drawers underneath it, usually with the mirror over the top, gives a central piece for the eye to fall on, and for that reason, you need to pick the material you build it out of very carefully indeed.

Marble is a very popular and beautiful choice to go for, and one which screams opulence and quality. If you choose marble, you are joining the elite, because even as far back as the Ancient Greeks, marble was chosen in places of importance, such as communal and private bathing areas. Make your bathroom as sophisticated as that famous space!

Once you have settled on marble, you need to then turn your attention to what colour you’re going to go for. No one slab of marble is the same as any other, because each slab has individual veins running through it – your marble vanity unit will not be the same as your neighbour’s!

So, what colours could you go for? There are countless, in fact there are far too many to mention, and each standard colour has an umbrella of different shades underneath it. To keep it simple, and to help make your choice easier, here are five of the most beautiful marble colours to go for.

  • White – White marble is the most popular and classic style to go for, and if you choose white then you are looking at a truly timeless appearance. White marble is never particularly standard, because of the veining which runs through it, so you will have a pattern to whichever shade you go for. There is a bright white for those who want to sparkle, or there is a slightly duller, off-white choice if you prefer.
  • Cream – If you are a little scared of white, as some people are, how about opting for cream instead? Cream marble looks delicious, and when you pair it with a grey, brown, or even black, colour scheme, you have a truly beautiful combination. Again, cream is never just cream, as there are many variations on the theme.
  • Black – Black marble is a great choice for those who are a little worried about the amount of cleaning maintenance that a lighter colour brings to the table. Black marble is solid, it is available in several different shades, and you can go for a lighter colour if you don’t want to darken your room too much.
  • Coffee colours – In this category we are talking about the browns, including the lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos of this world. These colours, when you factor in the marble veining, look fantastic, especially when you pair them with cream or white. There are many different shades of each, with each category also.
  • Green – Finally we have an aquatic shade to go for, which is ideal for bathroom vanity units. Green marble really does have a very opulent appearance to it, again, because of the natural veining and speckles which appear on the stone. Pair a light green with cream or white, and you will have a very calming bathroom space to enjoy.

When shopping around for the ideal marble colour for your new bathroom vanity unit, remember to check out colours in natural light and artificial life, so head to a showroom; this will give you the best information to work with.

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Pros and Cons of White Marble Countertops

White Marble Countertops

If you are thinking about opting for a white marble countertop, either in your kitchen or your bathroom, you might be a little confused about your choice, unsure even.

That’s understandable, because you hear so much about marble, not least white marble, that it’s easy to be a little swayed by opinion. What you need to bear in mind however is that white marble has been used throughout history to create an opulent appearance, and it does it very well! Think about the Ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Egyptians! They all used white marble in important places, such as communal bathing areas, and even areas of worship. For this reason, white marble has remained an integral part of décor throughout history, and whilst there are a couple of downsides to it, there are many upsides too.

Let’s check out both the pros and cons of white marble, to help you make your decision, and perhaps sway you towards a purchase.

Pros of White Marble

The appearance – White marble is basically beautiful, and no stone is the same as any other, with individual veining running through every single slab; your worktop will not be the same as your neighbour’s, even if you buy it from the same place, at the same time!

Constant cool temperature – Marble is a cool stone, even when it’s hot in the room. If you are a master baker, then this is fantastic for you, because it will help with your pastry making skills!

Widely available – White marble is a very common stone, despite the fact that you won’t find two slabs the same as each other. This means you can shop around for deals to lower costs. If you decide to go for a rarer shade, you should be prepared to pay a little more, but on the whole, costs are competitive and you can do a little bargain-hunting at certain times of the year, when sales are on.

Strong and long-lasting – The myth that marble is a fragile stone needs to end now! Marble is mined from the earth, and therefore it is strong and very durable, provided it is looked after in the right way.

Cons of White Marble

High maintenance – Whilst you’re not going to have to give your marble worktop TLC every single day, you are going to need to look after it a little more than you would with quartz or granite. After the initial installation you will need to re-seal the stone at least annually.

Marble isn’t stain or scratch resistant – No stone is 100% resistant to scratches and stains, but marble is a little more susceptible, because it is porous. For that reason, make sure you mop up any spillages when they happen, and also use chopping boards to avoid scratches from knives and other sharp objects.

There are certainly more pros than cons to white marble, and whilst you are going to have to look after your worktop, you’d do that anyway, right? A stone as luxurious as this really does deserve a little TLC from time to time, so make sure you show it the respect and care it needs, and you can be sure that your sparkling and opulent-looking white marble worktop will cater for your needs for a good few years to come.

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Marble Stone Versus Quartz For Bathroom Tiles

Quartz For Bathroom Tiles

You’re ready to re-tile your bathroom, but you’re stuck on what type of material to go for; not only that, but you need to think about what colour or pattern to go for too. It’s a myriad of decisions, and it’s no wonder that people get confused!

To help narrow your choice down, you need to break it into bite-sized chunks. First things first – what material are you going to go for? We will concentrate on this choice because it is probably the most important; make a wrong decision here and you may be left with a choice which doesn’t stand the test of time, or one that isn’t right for your particular room and needs. As you can see, you need to pay clear attention to this decision.

One of the biggest one versus the other choices on offer is between marble and quartz.

These are both natural stones, and they are both packed with both pros and cons in each direction.

Marble Stone Bathroom Tiles

Marble is an opulent choice to go for, and it is a very popular one too. Having been used for centuries in bathrooms, white marble, or any other colour actually, has a wonderful appearance, and can give a very sophisticated appearance to your space. One of the main plus points of marble is that it is porous, and whilst this normally wouldn’t be a plus point, in terms of bathroom tiles it is, because it remains dry, without being slippery; water is instantly absorbed.

You will need to seal your tiles regularly, and you will need to look after them well, in order to keep them in top condition, but this isn’t a particular difficult process, provided you do it right. Marble is also available in many different colours and finishes, and it has the advantages of being totally unique – one tile will never be the same as any other, as they all have individual veins running through them.

Quartz Stone Bathroom Tiles

On the other hand, quartz is a strong competitor. Another natural stone, quartz is made up of over 93% natural stone and 7% resin, to add the colour that you want. The main difference between quartz and marble is that quartz is non-porous, therefore it doesn’t absorb water. If we’re talking about worktops, this is a good thing, because it doesn’t soak up liquid and become damaged, but in terms of bathroom tiles, especially floor tiles, this could be a downside, because they may often feel wet, or slippery, without absorbing the water straight away.

On the plus point however, the fact that quartz is non-porous means that it doesn’t harbour germs, and that is a huge advantage in terms of hygiene. You also don’t need to maintain quartz in the same way you do marble, so if you’re looking for a low maintenance and hassle-free tile material choice, quartz could slightly edge it.

Which one you choose really will come down to personal preference, because you’re splitting hairs between them – what one lacks, the other has, and vice versa. Which will you go for?

Be sure to shop around for your tiles, whether you go for marble or quartz, to get the best deal for you, and remember to check out the appearance of the tile in person, to see how they react to both natural and artificial lights.

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Why Marble Stone is Best for Wet Rooms and Vanity Units

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It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that some of the world’s most luxurious bathrooms all tend to have one thing in common – there is marble stone there in some way.

There are a few reasons for this, and if you are looking to install a new wet room or vanity unit into your house, here is why you should probably look towards marble stone.

There are two types – polished and honed. Polished is shiny and sleek, catching the eye and reflecting the light; toned is more toned down, quite sophisticated. Of course, marble creates the illusion of a large room, so if your bathroom is small, marble in a light shade could do wonders for its appearance. There is also the light reflection side of things, which again makes the room looks bigger than it really is.

This aside, check out these other reasons:

No slippery floor problems

Marble is porous and that means it absorbs water quickly. For this reason, you’re not going to have slippery floors, which is not something you want from a wet room or vanity unit environment. The floor/unit will then immediately feel clean and dry, without you needing to clean or mop afterwards.

Lots of colour choices available

You might just be automatically thinking about white, but you have other options available to you also. If you want to go for something a little more muted, go for a grey, coffee brown, or even black, but if you do want to go for something truly classic, it has to be white. Easy slab is also individual, with lines running through (veins), which are never replicated exactly in another slab.

Easy to clean

You need a wet room or vanity unit to be very easy to clean, otherwise you are going to give yourself a mountain to climb. Because the stone is porous, we mentioned that water will be absorbed quite quickly, and that means you simply have to clean up any messes which remain afterwards. Of course, we know that marble isn’t stain resistant, so always mop up any potential staining material immediately.

Easy maintenance

Whilst you are going to have to maintain your marble stone regularly, it is not going to take too much trouble or time. Again, always mop up any spillages immediately, and you could consider using a sealing spray on a regular basis, just to keep your stone looking as fantastic as when it was first installed. You will need to seal your surface perhaps on a yearly basis, but this is not a high cost process, and something you can arrange quite easily, or perhaps do yourself.

As you can see, there are many reasons why marble stone is the stone of choice for wet rooms and vanity units. Aside from the fantastic appearance, there are many other advantages, such as the quick drying element, cutting out the changes of an accident due to slippage.

You might have been put off marble in the past because people told you it was easy to break and fragile, but if you buy a quality product, this is just not the case. Take your time shopping around and make sure you get the highest quality for your cash – this means your marble will last you much longer as a result.

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6 Things You Should Know About Carrara Marble Worktops

Carrara Marble Worktops

When you are shopping around for the best worktop for your new kitchen or bathroom, you need to put some time and effort into the process, that’s for sure. Simply hitting and hoping, by picking the first thing you come into contact with, purely because you have no idea what you are doing, is not the best way forward.

This is a piece of equipment which you need to stand the test of time, because it is also probably the most expensive part of your new décor. For that reason, you need to do your research, and that also includes which manufacturer you’re going to go for, what material you’re going to go for, and then what colour you’re going to go for.

So many decisions!

Marble is a very popular choice of worktop material, whether for a kitchen or bathroom, and it is a very classic and timeless one too. Marble certainly looks fantastic, no matter what colour you go for, with white certainly being the most iconic choice. Each slab has individual veins, which are never replicated, and that makes your work surface as individual as you are!

So, you’re then thinking about which manufacturer to go with, and one of the most popular is Carrara.

What do you need to know about Carrara marble worktops?

Let’s check it out.

Carrara is a big named brand. When you buy from a large brand company, you do get a certain amount of peace of mind, because they must be popular for a reason, right? That’s certainly the case here, with many happy customers in the past – check out testimonials if you need some further reassurance of a nudge in the right direction.

You can choose from a large choice of colours. A big colour range is not saved for just granite or quartz work surfaces, because Carrara offer a big choice in their marble range also. White is certainly one of those choices, but you can go for black, grey, blue, grey, brown, the list goes on, and there are many different shade choices within each category also. It’s a good idea to head to the showroom to see how they look in real life, because different types of light can affect their appearance.

Carrara choose the best stones to make their marble worktops. This is another perk of choosing a big named brand, because you know they use the best materials available to them, without going for cheaper options to lower prices.

You won’t pay the cheapest price, but you will get quality. Shop around for deals, epically during typical sale periods, such as New Year, but generally speaking you will pay a regular amount for your new marble worktop. Marble isn’t the cheapest option, because quartz is often cheaper, but again check out deals for savings.

Carrara are quick! The company have a seven day turnaround in terms of production, which makes them one of the industry leaders. This gives you further peace of mind.

You have a warranty. Buying from a big named brand like Carrara means you have a warranty at your disposal, which means you have further peace of mind again. Check out your options on warranty, as this will change depending on what you go for etc.

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Pros and Cons of White Marble Kitchen Worktops

White Marble Kitchen Worktops

Do you go for it, or do you avoid it?

White marble has long been a fiery debate in the home décor world, but the fact remains that white marble looks wonderful, especially when it is looked after properly.

You will find white marble bathrooms especially in many places of importance, such as stately homes, for example, but white marble also works fantastically well in a kitchen too.

If you want to explore this a little more, check out these pros and cons of white marble kitchen worktops.

Pros of White Marble Kitchen Worktops

  • White marble looks fantastic in a kitchen, and can be used as either a modern theme, with monochrome, or it can be use in a farmhouse/retro theme – the choice there is yours.
  • Every single slab is individual – White marble slabs are never the same as each other, which means you are not going to have the same work surface as your neighbour!
  • Provided you clean your white marble worktop regularly and avoid anything too harsh in terms of cleaning products, and avoid anything abrasive in terms of cloths and sponges, you will have an easy to look after surface.
  • Baking fans will find the constantly cool temperature of marble works great when making items such as pastry.
  • White marble is never going to go out of fashion, it is basically sophistication with a capital S!

Cons of White Marble Kitchen Worktops

  • Marble, no matter what the colour, is porous, and that means it is going to absorb any liquids which it comes into contact with. This over time can cause breakage and cracking, so always clean up any spillages immediately.
  • Marble requires more maintenance than granite or quartz. This means you are going to need to regularly seal your work surface, and be a little more careful than you would be otherwise.
  • The cost. White marble, in fact any marble, does cost a little more than quartz for sure, and even granite. If you are keen on white marble however, you can easily shop around for the best deals on the actual slab and installation, so this is a case of patience and determination!
  • Not heat resistant. Always use heat saving pads on your kitchen surface, and never put a hot pan directly on the work surface. Marble isn’t heat resistant, unlike quartz, and that means you need to look after your surface in this particular area – you can buy some very attractive heat resistant pads however!

These are the main pros and cons of white marble worktops in your kitchen. Hopefully this will have dispelled some of the myths that surrounds this beautiful stone. Yes, white marble is a little difficult to look after when you compare it to others, especially quartz, but that doesn’t make it fragile in any way.

There is a very good reason why white marble has been used to much in the past, and why it continues to be used in places of high importance. This is basically because it looks great, and appearances are pretty much most of what you are looking for. Of course, you want it to be durable, but provided you give your white marble work surface some care and attention, and you are mindful of its potential failings, there is no reason why this won’t be a fantastic addition to your kitchen.

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Popular Marble Range Colours For Bathroom Worktops

Popular Marble Range

If you are choosing marble for your new bathroom worktop, you are making a classic, timeless, and popular choice. Marble range often appears in places of importance, and you will probably have seen it in many a bathroom, such as in a stately home, for example.

Of course, there is a reason for this, and that is because it is a classy option to go for, and has been used for thousands of years – even the ancient Romans had a thing about marble!

If you have no idea where to start in terms of colour however, be assured that you don’t have to simply go for white if you don’t want to; check out these suggestions.

White Marble

Of course, white marble is the classic choice, but you can get white marble with veins of a different colour running through it, which cuts down on the brightness, making it easier to clean overall. White marble should not be avoided, because once installed correctly and cleaned regularly, it really does look fantastic in your bathroom, and will make your space look ultra sophisticated.

Black Marble

On the other hand we have another choice which you will have seen countless times before – black marble. This is because black marble is another timeless choice, perhaps not as obvious as white, but it does give you the perfect material to create a monochrome effect, and it is also much easier to clean because, well, it doesn’t show up the dirt as much!

Coffee Shades of Marble

Brown is a very popular choice, but we are veering towards the coffee shades here, because they are so extremely popular at the moment. You can create either a sleek, ultra modern effect, or you can go for something a little more farmhouse by using coffee shades. Go for a latte shade if you want something light, cappuccino for something in the middle, and espresso shades for darker brown marble range choices.

Grey Marble

We’re not talking about Fifty Shades of Grey here, but rather a very modern way to use marble. This is a sleek option, and when paired with white or black, and silver handles for your cabinets, you are going to have an appearance of a very modernistic bathroom. Think about some of the biggest and most upmarket hotels in the world, they all have this type of colour scheme, and you can achieve this with marble quite easily.

Sea Shades of Marble

Grey/blue, blue, or green are wonderful ways to incorporate marble into your bathroom, whilst also keeping with the aqua theme of the room itself. Go for lighter colours if you want to create the illusion of space, or you can go for something darker if you have a large bathroom. Basically, the individual lines and veins which run through marble make for an interesting appearance if you choose this particular type of colour scheme.

These are five of the most popular colour ranges when choosing marble for your new bathroom worktop. Be sure to mop up any potentially staining spillages, and always use heat resistant mats for hot hair styling tools, to avoid any damage to your new worktop.

Marble should certainly not be avoided, and because it is porous, it is very quick drying also, making for the ideal stone for a bathroom.

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Pros and Cons of Tiling a Shower with Marble Stone

Marble Stone

Marble is a very luxurious and classic stone, and one which will certainly give your bathroom a truly special feel. There is a reason why many stately homes and areas of importance choose white marble stone for their bathrooms; even the Ancient Greeks and Romans had a penchant for this most opulent of stones!

There is a downside however, and that is the fact that marble is slightly harder to look after than other natural stones, such as quartz or granite. Despite all of that, you don’t have to pander to your marble too much, provided you simply use common sense and look after your investment.

Marble stone can be used for floors, wall tiles, kitchen countertops, bathroom countertops, and many other options, but perhaps one of the most common uses is to tile a shower, or around a bath, with marble stone.

Let’s check out the pros and cons

The pros of tiling a shower with marble stone

  • The appearance – You aren’t going to get a more classic and sophisticated appearance than by using white marble. This is the classic go-to for all rooms of importance, so decorating your shower or bath area with this choice is going to give you serious glamour points!
  • You can choose between different colours – You don’t just have to go for white, of course, as there are many other shades available. Black marble stone looks very classy in a monochrome style, or you could go for a beige colour, if you are a little worried about the cleaning maintenance of white.
  • Strong – You might think that marble is fragile, but it’s far from it! Yes, it needs looking after well, but any stone needs care and attention from time to time.
  • If you buy from a big manufacturer, you get a good warranty – Having a long warranty certainly gives you peace of mind, and if you buy your marble from a big named manufacturer you can enjoy the perks of this decision.

The cons of tiling a shower with marble stone

  • You need to be careful of the products you use – Any toiletries you use in the shower could come into contact with the tiles, and if they are particularly astringent for whatever reason, you need to make sure you clean them off as soon as you have finished; this could cause damage otherwise.
  • Cleaning can be more difficult – Avoid using any cleaning products containing bleach or any other harsh chemicals, as this can affect the marble and cause damage over time. On top of this, avoid using any scouring pads.
  • You need to reseal your tiles annually – Marble needs annual maintenance in terms of sealing, so you will need to check your tiles and have them re-sealed every year. If you don’t do this then you will find that water absorbs into the tiles very easily and can cause issues, as well as mould and mildew formation, no matter how well you clean them.

As you can see, marble is not that difficult to look after, provided you keep on top of your cleaning regime and you know what you can and can’t use. Be sure to shop around for the best deals, to keep costs low, and you will have a shiny, opulent, and seriously classy bathroom to last for a long time to come.

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6 Most Popular Marble Stone Colours

marble kitchen colours

Marble is one of the most iconic stones on the planet. Whether you are using it for a floor, a tile, a work surface, or in the bathroom, marble is certainly an opulent and classic choice to go for.

Many people are a little scared of marble almost, simply because it seems to be so fragile, but that’s certainly not the case. Provided marble is looked after carefully, and it is given the care and attention its beautiful appearance deserves, being maintained every year per instructions, then your marble work surface, floor, or tile work will last you for many years to come.

If you are a baking enthusiast then marble is certainly the stone to use for your new worktop. Why? Because marble has a naturally low temperature and that means that no matter what temperature it is outside or in the kitchen, it will always be cool, giving you the ideal conditions for baking, especially for pastry work. On top of this, marble simply looks the part, and if you want to give your kitchen an appearance that everyone will be seriously jealous of, this is the stone you should be opting for.

Probably the biggest decision you need to make is what colour marble stone to go for. You have a lot of choice, and contrary to popular belief, it’s not all about white!

Here are six of the most popular marble stone colours around at the current time. See if any of these grab your attention and inspire you to decorate your kitchen.

  • White Stauario – This is a classic white marble stone, which looks subtle and beautiful in any kitchen, but it has a unique light grey vein running through it, which pairs wonderfully well with a neutral kitchen décor.
  • Rosso Lavante – If you want a retro look to your kitchen space, this is a great one for you. This opulent dark red is rich in tone and has a darker brown vein running through the stone, almost in a web pattern. Fantastic with brown or black cupboards.
  • Rainforest Brown – This particular shade of brown looks like the bark of a tree, so if you want a truly natural look to your kitchen, choose this shade. The veins are a lighter brown than the base colour, with yellow hues.
  • Golden Portoro – If you want a black marble but you want to lighten it up slightly, this particular choice is a good go-to. This is a base black, but the vein is a yellow colour, not too bright, in almost a wave shape across its length.
  • Green Marble – As the name would suggest, this shade is pure natural green, with a lighter grey vein across it. This is a perfect choice for a country style kitchen décor.
  • Golden Flower – A slightly more obscure but certainly very beautiful choice is golden flower. This is a yellow base marble colour, with cream veins across it in an almost symmetrical pattern. Ideal to be paired with white or cream cupboards.

These are six of the most beautiful and most popular marble stone choices on the market today. Of course there are countless more, but if you want to be seriously in fashion, choose one of these and work around your worktop for the rest of your kitchen décor.

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5 Tips for Cleaning Marble Kitchen Worktops

Marble Kitchen Worktops

Marble is a beautiful choice of stone for your kitchen worktop – there is no other stone which has the same classic appearance, and this in itself will give your kitchen a totally different feel to when you use another stone. There is a reason why the Ancient Greeks and Romans chose this opulent stone even back in the day!

Despite that, marble needs some careful looking after, in order to keep it in the best condition, and to avoid what is known as etching. Etches are dull spots which appear on the marble surface, and this is caused by acid eating away at the marble itself. We know that marble is made up of calcium carbonate, and this in itself is what reacts with acid – any type of acid, even lemon juice splashes. For that reason, avoid using anything acidic on your worktop, and if you must use, make sure you have a worktop saver, and you don’t let anything splash.

That aside, cleaning a marble kitchen worktop isn’t that difficult, provided you know what to do, and you have a few handy hints in the back of your mind. Here are five tips for cleaning your new, shiny marble kitchen worktop.

  1. Use warm water and gentle soap – These two ingredients are all you need to clean your worktop in the most gentle of ways. Grab an old spray bottle, make sure it is well rinsed out and no remnants of its former contents will find their way into the liquid, and mix together warm water and gentle soap (no chemicals in it). Shake the mixture and spray onto the surface of your worktop – don’t overdo it, you don’t need too much.
  1. Wipe and buff with a hot damp cloth, and a dry towel – You don’t need anything too fancy here, a simple soft cloth will do, soaked in hot water and squeezed until excess water comes out. Simply wipe away the cleaning solution we mentioned above. When you’ve done that, a soft towel is all you need to buff the surface.
  1. Make sure you wipe up any spillages straight away – This is probably a no brainer, but never let any spillages sit on top of your worktop for any time at all, this includes simple water. Marble is porous, and that means it absorbs liquids. This will also cut down on the chances of staining.
  1. Consider using a spray sealant on a monthly basis – You could use a dedicated marble sealant spray on a monthly basis. This gives you a barrier between the marble worktop and the rest of the world basically, and should cut down on the chances of any etching or staining. You should also have your marble worktop sealed professionally every year.
  1. Avoid any harsh cleaning productive or abrasive cleaning sponges – Stick to warm water and soap, avoiding any products which contain chemicals such as bleach or ammonia. Scouring pads are a big no-no, as well as anything with even the slightest scratch surface.

Stick to these five tips and you should find that your beautiful marble kitchen worktop stays in the best condition possible for much longer. Of course, how often you need to clean depends on the colour you choose, because classic white will show up even the slightest splash, whereas black possibly won’t, but regardless of that, you should always attend to your marble regularly.

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Why Marble is Best for Bathroom Vanity Tops?

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Throughout the ages, marble has been intensely used by master craftsmen to decorate palace walls, floors and ceilings. Having a marble countertop inspired a wealthy and powerful character to the owner, even if nowadays this kind of material is used in everyday houses all over the world.

The color range for marble bathroom vanity tops is almost limitless, since these products are man-made. Here are some examples and types that are currently in the top of the market:

  • Nutmeg Solid Surface Integral Single Sink Bathroom Vanity Top
  • Ariston Natural Marble Undermount Single Sink Bathroom Vanity Top
  • White Cultured Marble Integral Double Sink Bathroom Vanity Top
  • Dune Solid Surface Integral Double Sink Bathroom Vanity Top
  • US Marble Steel Grey On White Cultured Marble Undermount Single Sink

Benefits of Using Marble for Vanity Tops

We must thank technology for its improvements on the methodology of treating marble. This hard crystalline form of limestone is often decorated with grey veining and many colors can be created in order to fulfill each customer desires.

Having a strong texture makes this countertop to be highly resistant to chips or dents and the fact that the atom bound inside of it is strong, creates a property of not letting liquid spills like oil, water, wine or vinegar, to penetrate into its form and leaving stains.

Take into consideration that if you are planning to use marble countertops for designing your bathroom, expect that the room, where you wash yourself and where do you brush your teeth, to be one of the most beautiful one in the entire house. Marble has this unique property of being a natural stone and as a result, the colorful motifs inspired by furnishing your walls, floor and tabletops with it to be very gorgeous.

Beatuty Comes for a Price

Even thought marble’s countertop beauty is highly debated, the price is keeping the highest standard, like years ago. One piece of countertop of this highly loved material can get up to $900 per square foot, installed. Quite a price, right?

 Well, speaking of which! This high price is set mostly for the high composition rate that the natural stone takes in the compound of the final product, but also for the easiness of keeping your house clean and for the resistance to germs and bacteria.

Most of the top producers, to encourage you to buy their product, sell the marble vanity tops together with some special cleaning solutions that are able to sterilize and seal the entire surface. The special solutions are delivered depending on what type of surface you require:

  • Polished: matte look, resistant to staining, low heat resistance
  • Honed: porous look, absorbent with liquids, high heat resistance

Looking so good, it is almost impossible for marble countertops to have no issues. Even if this is considered by many a small and insignificant flaw, this countertop is very itchy. Certain cleaning products with high acidity level, lemon or even vinegar, reacts with the porous material, making it to etch.

Also, take care when using it in your bathrooms because the iron inside the natural rock stone can easily turn into rust, causing your freshly renewed bathroom to take a nasty turnaround.

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Cost and Benefits of Carrara Marble Worktops!

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Consider using the Carrara Marble material for your kitchen countertop is for sure a challenging thing. This stunning natural stone product, based in Carrara region, Italy, has many benefits and advantages of being used in decorating the interior of a house, but unexpectedly, its strength is also its weakness.

Carrara Marble Worktops  – Strengths vs. Weaknesses

Having a gorgeous look comes with a lot of problems. The nonfoliated marble rock is composed from metamorphic calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate and as a result, the products manufactured from this stone are very reactive to acids. Even though the kitchen is the place where you expect the highest use of acidic liquids, such as vinegar or lemon, the intensive use of Carrara Marble worktops lays on the extremely beautiful natural designs and patterns on them.

Edge Profiles:
•    Full Rounded;
•    Half Rounded;
•    T-Profile;
•    Chamfer;
•    Ogee Bullnose;
•    Sharks nose.

Regarding the lack of resistance to liquid spills like red win, spices and turmeric, many house owners choose to decorate their interior with these worktops because of their beauty, acceptable prices, and ability to merge easily in almost every cabinet design.

Although the price for a piece of this natural stone is not so high, maintenance time is required to be allocated weekly, because having a porous surface comes with the fact that it allows liquid spills to penetrate into its texture and harmful bacteria and germ may harbor inside of it.

Price Considerations for Carrara Marble Worktops

In order to select the most convenient price for your worktop, many aspects must be taken into consideration, starting from the dimension and thickness of the pieces, to the extra features and custom designs buyers would like to add. Bellow you have a step-by-step mechanism for making an idea of the price for the desired countertop.

Quote calculator:

  1. Select material (Carrara Marble);
  2. Number of pieces;
  3. Sizes;
  4. Edge Polishing;
  5. Cut Outs;
  6. Integrated hobs;
  7. Upstands, Splashbacks and Window Sills;
  8. Templating, Delivery and Fitting;
  9. Extras.

This Italian white marble stone is used widely across the whole world mainly due to its consistent light color and dark grey veining. Being affordable for every budget marks the wide variety of quality forms that the Carrara marble worktops may have. Use of cutting boards is a must because marble is not scratch-proof and even if heat isn’t a problem, I recommend always using heat shields in order to protect the exterior surface of the countertop.

Final Thoughts and Suggestions For Carrara Marble Worktops

Combine brown and grey floor designs with this white piece-of-art countertop in order to obtain a classic-modern look, similar to the parquet style. Karndean floor products work really well with Carrara marble tops, as they are bullet proof and confer your house a strong look, very unpredictable pattern and that special thing that many house owners are looking for.

Despite coming from Italy, Carrara marble is one of the cheapest stone used in manufacturing a countertop due to its grey shades coloring and its porous nature, aspects considered not so classy and elegant into our age, and adding to these, a high maintenance time is required to be allocated in order to keep a clean house and a germs-free environment.

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3 Things You Might Not Know About Marble Kitchen Countertops

Marble Kitchen Countertops

When it comes to creating an environment full of beauty and uniqueness marble countertops are the perfect solution to be chosen. Being a natural rock, its designs and patterns are very unpredictable, inspiring a special feeling each time someone looks at them. In this material I will present you some of the facts that are less known about marble worktops, facts that should be taken seriously into consideration when purchasing the main decorative object of your house.

Marble Kitchen Countertops – Astonishing Beauty and Unique Style

The main aspect considered when buying a countertop is the color. Marble is a metamorphic material, natural grown, thing that somehow narrows the color palette available to be required. Varieties of settings can be achieved starting from the following base colors:

  1. Pink;
  2. Grey;
  3. Blue;
  4. Purple;

Aside of the sparking colors which will easily gain your heart, marble countertops are a great fit for almost every cabinet motif. Blending in various formats, these state-of-art products are a common choice when it comes to decorating the kitchen or bathroom, especially combined with natural wood finishes.

Thermal Property and Easy Cleaning

Expected or not, marble has a much searched property: heat resistance. Hot pots and pans placed on the surface of the countertop aren’t a problem since the strong texture of the material won’t break. Hot hair straightener isn’t a problem to be placed directly on the material due to the less melt and warp ability.

Unfortunately, in order to gain stain and corrosion resistance, marble worktops have to be sealed on a regular basis. Not using the not so expensive coating can cause the surface to absorb liquids, like oil, wine or juice, very easy.

Next, I will present you 2 easy steps of cleaning a marble top:

  1. Fill a clean spray bottle with a cleaner that is water-based or a cleaner that has its pH neutral (special designed for cleaning marble);
  2. Spray the cleaning solution on the counter and using a soft damp cloth(microfiber or chamois, NOT ABRAZIVE), wipe down the entire surface of the countertop.

Types of Finishes Used on Marble Kitchen Countertops

Available on the market are two main types of finishes: honed and polished, each one bringing up its own characteristics. Depending on your preferences, choosing a honed surface allows you to pay less attention to cleaning the countertop, since the scratches are less visible and stains are more susceptible as the pores are open, since a polished finish acquires you a shiny surface, very open to scratches and cuts, but stains resistant.

Regarding the type of surface used, it is well known that marble countertops are the most affordable decorations to be used in your kitchen. But not all marble is affordable! The Carrara model is one of the cheapest stone to be used in producing a countertop, because of its graying coloring and its porous nature. As expected, on the other side of the river stands the Calcatta marble, one of the luxury items to be placed into your house, having a brighter white color empowered with dark veins.

Even if it is not recommended to use marble kitchen countertops, their value and high quality is well recognized all over the world, and the success of decorating your house is guaranteed.

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Marble Worktops Surrey – Price & Installation!

Marble worktops surrey

If you hire Surfaceco to install marble worktops in Surrey for your home, you’ll be get more than just a new kitchen top. Marble is not as durable as its natural stone counterparts. It is more porous and prone to staining and scratches that all other natural stones. It is even more costly on average when installed. So why would a homeowner in Surrey still want to buy a marble countertop given all those disadvantages?

The following are the benefits of marble:

  1. Better design capabilities – Marble is softer to work with than other stones. For counter tops with fancy edges or extra fabrication perks, marble will give a better workability than most stones. You will love how easy it is to cut marble. Especially if you have cut granite before.
  2. Aesthetically appealing – this is perhaps the major selling point for marble. Marble is loved for its bright white colour that fits in barely any colour scheme. It will be next to impossible to find a stone that is as white and bright.
  3. Naturally cool – Marble countertop stay cool naturally and are not a big heat conductor making them ideal for baking and kneading
  4. Handles the heat – marble handles the heat quite impressively. All the same, it is not recommended to place a pot that comes directly from the stove on it just like in quartz or granite.
  5. Lasts fairly long – despite marble being a soft stone, it lasts. Although it is a porous material, it will serve fine. It ages gracefully and beautifully.

Marble Worktops In Surrey – Price & Installation

The price of a new marble worktop will depend on different factors. Some of the major factors affecting the price and cost of installation include;

  • Location of the marble – if you live close to a quarry, you will probably buy it directly from the quarry. However, if you don’t live near the quarry, you will have no option but to buy from a retailer. It is going to cost you more when you buy from a retailer. Also, you will want to consider the shipping and handling charges.
  • Quality of the marble – marble is mined directly from the earth’s crust meaning that the chemical composition of the marble will vary depending on the geographical location and depth of the marble. High end marble will be more expensive and more reliable.
  • Size of the marble – this is pretty much self—explanatory.

On average, the cost of a slab of marble is between £35 –  £175 per square foot.

We don’t normally recommend installing marble as a DIY project. But in case you want to install the marble worktop on a budget, you better do the installation by yourself. In order to get a rough estimate, measure your counter (both length and width) and the multiply the area by £70. This will give you an estimate of the price of a mid-range slab of marble.

Of course you will have to consider other factors to get the final price.

When you have your retailer install the marble for you, the price they quote will usually include:

  • Materials;
  • Installation;
  • Templating;
  • Sink cut-outs;
  • Holes for the faucets;
  • Stove cut-outs;

When you do the installation as a DIY, you will have to cater the cost for all that separately.

Value for the money

If you want to get the most for less, you will have to get a partner that understands the needs of the customer. You will want a company that offers you a guarantee on the materials and the installation.

In Surrey, there is only one such partner – Surfaceco. We are UK’s leading suppliers of natural stone slabs.  We are known for our exemplary customer service and high quality installations.

To get the lowest possible price on a new countertop you’re better off contacting us today.

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Marble Worktops In Slough – Price & Installation!

Marble worktops Slough

Get the best price for marble worktops in Slough at Surfaceco.uk. Several factors will determine your marble worktop price and installation. Marble is in demand because of endurance, design capabilities, natural beauty and affordability. One thing that makes marble unique is the fact that no two quarries produce marble that is similar to each other.

The uniqueness is brought about by the difference in material composition of the marble. Marble mainly comes from limestone. The difference concentration of calcium carbonate and the compression factor gives marble the different appearance and quality grade.

Marble Worktops In Slough – Price & Installation

Marble is a natural mineral that is mined from solid stone. Commercial marble is mostly available with a thickness of 20mm. It comes in two finishes; polished and honed. Honed finish is a dull matt finish. Besides the two finishes, it comes along with colour and grained version.

Our best quality marble worktops combine solid rock together with hardness and elegance to clearly demonstrate value and account for the best quality modern worktop.

Our marble is available in out of this world hues and grains sourced from around the world. Our choice of marble will afford a unique finish to your marble worktop project. Our team of expert is committed and trained to offer the best installation and design advice for customers who want to take this project as a DIY.

Generally, the difference in price is due to the difference in maintenance, sealing, looks, flexibility, resilience and durability. All of these factors accumulate to determine the marble worktop prices.

It is worth noting that the stone industry doesn’t have a universal kind of control to protect consumers from rogue dealers and fabricators. This leaves the market at the mercy of the different players. The quarries, the importers, the dealers can all add on an extravagant amount to their pricing. To protect yourself from being used as a guinea pig, you must choose a partner that you can trust.

If you are looking for marble worktops in Slough, SurfaceCo is among the few trusted marble providers available.

SurfaceCo has made the extra conscious step to be a transparent partner by offering our customers with an extensive range of materials and excellent after sale services that very few can match. Our prices we know are to be amongst the most competitive within the industry.

Our marble worktop price usually range between £100 and £380 per square metre. Depending on the complexity of installation, these prices may change at the discretion of the installer.

The stone itself is only one aspect of the kitchen worktop prices. Finishing, transportation and the fitting are the additional factors that can make stone worktops pricey items. All the same, you can get cheaper discounted marble at a cost below £100.

The enduring aesthetics of marble have been treasured throughout the millennia. Previously we didn’t have many companies that stocked marble worktops. Today, we have hundreds of dealers that stock marble. But not many of them can be trusted to deliver quality natural stone for an affordable price.

If you are looking to enjoy quality marble at an affordable price, you should contact us today at SurfaceCo.

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Marble Worktops In Reading – Price & Installation

Marble Worktops In Reading

Marble is a natural stone made from limestone after it is superheated to form its unique looking crystalline structure. The natural formation process gives marble 50 unique marble colour options and patterns that you can choose from. Marble countertops are classic and elegant.

Marbles is a good choice if you are looking to install a surface that will sustain you through the years. Marble worktops are naturally cool and pleasing when used in any workplace.

Marble is formed out of a calcium carbonate that gives it a chemical structure that reacts readily with acids causing etching on the surface. In this light, marble needs a little bit more maintenance than other stones in order to keep it pristine. All the same, they look better as they age giving them a classic and organic character.

Our marble slabs come in two main finishes:

  • honed;
  • polished finish.

The honed finished is achieved by sanding the surfaces to give it a soft, matte finish. Honed surfaces are superior to polished surfaces in that honed marble won’t show scratches as much as the polished surface. On the flip side, it is less dry and has bigger pores making it more susceptible to spills. It is highly recommended to seal the honed marble.

A polished marble finish means that it has smaller pores making it more immune to spills but more prone to etching. They are also more shiny and bright.

Marble Worktops In Reading – Price & Installation

Several years ago, marble was considered a worktop material for the wealthy. Marble was only found in luxurious homes, hotels, palaces and other high end establishments.

Today, marble is affordable given the increased availability and improved mining technology. Marble is abundant in the earth crust. All the same, some marble types are rare since they can only be found in specific quarries.

Just to be clear, not all marble is affordable. Carrara marble is among the cheapest marbles. It is largely imported from Italy. Carrar marble is cheap because of the dull colouring. Calcatta on the other hand is perhaps the most expensive marble because it is bright and has darker veins. The darker the veins, the more expensive the marble is.

We sell our marble from as low as £100 to as high as £380 per square metre. This costs includes installation and the cost of the slab. Our price depends on the specific type of marble, the complexity of the installation and to some extent the transportation cost.

To give value to our customers, we ensure that the marble is only installed by qualified persons. For homeowners who want to install their own marble, we give them free guidance and instructions in order to make their project a success.

We are among UK’s leading marble and natural stone suppliers. Reading is among our favourite market for natural marble. We have committed ourselves to supplying Reading home owners with high quality marble and professional installers.

If you are looking to upgrade your current worktop or install a new marble worktop, SurfaceCo are the right guys with the right tools at the right price.

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Marble Worktops In London – Price & Installation!

Marble worktops London

Looking for quality marble worktops in London? Marble is a rock formed through a metamorphic process. Marble is used to refer to both foliated and non-foliated rocks composed of recrystallized carbonate materials like calcite and dolomite. Marble is mined in huge blocks weighing hundreds of kilograms that are later cut and polished to be used in different worktop areas around the home and office space.

Marble is loved not only because of its clean and bright look but because of its timelessness and elegant look. Marble will surely add an element of fanciness to a kitchen or reception desk. We have found it to be stunning in houses with an open dining room.

Marble’s natural colour is something that you will love. The variability of the colour is something that can only be matched by very few countertop materials. Does the colour variability cut the deal?

Marble worktop pros:

  • Beauty – Unrivalled, timeless, Classic beauty, with a white brightness not available in other natural stone.
  • Cool Temperature – Naturally cool. Best for making pastry and kneading.
  • Cost – marble is one of the most affordable stones despite some of them being very expensive. Generally, marble is affordable.
  • Widely available – Unlike some quartzes and the hard-to-find quartzite, marble is available from nearly any stone fabricator or stone yard.

Marble Worktops In London – Price & Installation

Despite its classic and expensive looks, marble is still one of the less expensive choices of natural stone worktops. Depending on the quality and type of marble, it may be more affordable than most types of granite and quartz. All the same, it will be more expensive than laminate and butcher.

The price of marble is dependent on the following factors:

  1. The type of marble – since it is a mineral, the material content of the marble will influence its quality. A pure marble slab will have the all-white look. The different shades of marble come as a result of impurities.
  2. Dealer and installer – different dealers have different prices for their marbles depending on where they sourced them and the profit margin they are trying to achieve. For the best prices in London, you should source your marble worktops from SurfaceCo.
  3. Transportation and installation – the cost of transportation is directly proportion to the distance. The cost of installation depends on the complexity of the design. Worktops with numerous corners and seams will attract a lot of manual labour.

NB: if you are going to install the marble worktop by yourself, ensure that you have a professional do the cutting and sealing for you. Marble is a very delicate stone that needs professional cutting to prevent it from chipping and cracking. Second, it is porous and thus needs to be sealed to prevent it from spills.

A spot check on marble prizes across London revealed that retailers are selling marble between £ 900 – £ 1100.

At SurfaceCo, we offer an all rounded and comprehensive approach in supply, fabrication and installation of marble and other natural stone surfaces to both consumer and contract markets around London and across UK in general.

We stock hundreds of tons of marble in stock to enable us to meet our production turnaround time (shortest you will find around).

For the best deals in the city, give our team a call today. Find details at https://www.surfaceco.uk/contact-us/ !

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Marble Worktops Essex – Price & Installation!

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Surfaceco.uk is a leading supplier of kitchen marble worktops in Essex. Marble is perhaps the best known and most apprised metamorphic rock. It is appearance is characterised by veins and bold colours given the fact that it was formed by a metamorphic process. Pure marble consist of mineral calcite is normally white in colour.

When impurities in the material composition come into play, marble gets a veiny, patchy and patterned look. The colour spectrum created by thee impurities in the material composition is wide and ranges from green, black and brown shades to grey and pink.

Marble has been used in world renowned structures and sculptures. Famous sculptor, Michelangelo used Italian marble for creating most of his famous sculptures.

The major market for marble is people who love pure white natural stone. There are not many natural alternatives besides marble. In fact, quartz engineers try to mimic the natural look of marble in some off their quartz slabs. As earlier mentioned, white marble is more often than not pure.

Besides its elegant looks, this material is hardy and lasts for decades. When installed as your worktop of choice, it will give you a classical and timeless choice for marble kitchen worktops. Even as it ages, it still maintains its allure and rich classical appearance.

When used as a kitchen worktop, marble needs more care and caution than quartz and granite. This is so because it is softer and more porous than both quartz and granite meaning that it scratches and stains more readily. All the same, it is darling for skilled bakers since it is naturally cool making it ideal for preparing dough and pastry during baking.

Marble Worktops In Essex – Price & Installation

Marble is a natural occurring commodity that is extracted from the earth crust in a manner that is similar to gold. This means that each quarry of marble produces marble slabs that are slightly different in terms of chemical composition and general appearance. In fact, it is believed that there are over 1000 different kinds of marble.

And since marble is a material that is used to aesthetically enhance a house, office etc. the looks fundamentally affect its price. There is no price transparency.   Keep in mind that the main factors that affect the market price of marble are;

  • Consistency – One colour shade across a slab;
  • Quality of finish/polish;

The quality of the stone will be the main price determining factor. High end stone will little or no defects fetches higher price than blemished stone with some defects. In most cases, you can ignore the defects but in some rare cases, the defects will affect the structural integrity of the countertop.

Marble may be the most expensive counter top material you will get. As earlier explained, there are different grades of marble, but none of them come cheap. Some of the world’s renowned and most valued sculptures are marble. When you buy marble, you buy the rich luxury and lustrous beauty of marble. Marble countertops can range from £ 90 – 175 per square foot

If you are looking to add a classical touch of elegance to your house or premises, then you are in the right place. SURFACECO, is UK’s leading supplier of natural stone slabs.

Contact us for all your natural stone needs and professional installation of all natural stone worktops in Essex.

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Marble Worktops Croydon – Price & Installation!

Marble worktops Croydon

Given the wide variation in colour and design patterns, marble is the perfect option for any homeowner looking for style, luxury and sophistication. Marble adds elegance and value to any home. A home with marble worktops paints a picture of owners who are sophisticated, classic and stylish.

Marble is a natural stone that is formed through a metamorphic process. Due to its formation process, marble is not as hard wearing as other natural stones (quartz and granite) and thus it is susceptible to staining and scratching. This is the major downside of marble.

Marble has for long been used in bathrooms and flooring but given its beauty and classic looks, marble is today being used in many kitchen worktops. As a kitchen worktop, marble blends in perfectly with natural colours for cabinets and fixtures.

Details Of Marble Worktops In Croydon

The key to a long lasting marble worktop is the installation. Marble is a very delicate stone that needs proper care for it to stay looking new. Proper installation of marble calls for professional installers to do the installation.

The most important marble worktop installation processes are; cutting and sealing. The two process however need skills and special tools to accomplish. Marble is sold as slabs.

When you want to install a marble worktop, you will need to prepare a detailed template of your worktop and bring it to the dealership. The template must include all measurements and single out sinks and any other fixtures.

Sealing, on the other hand, is the process of installing a security wrap over the marble to boost its qualities. A properly sealed marble worktop will not be susceptible to staining and scratching. Our marble slabs will be sealed from the dealership, but you should re-seal them every now and then based on usage.

To save you all the hustle of taking measurements and worrying about creating a template, we offer professional installation services.

Our team of professional installers in Croydon will handle every installation process including taking measurements and cutting the slabs. All you will have to worry about is choosing the right colour and pattern of marble worktop.

The price of a marble worktop in Croydon varies depending on the following factors;

  1. Choice of marble slab – some marble slabs are more expensive than others. The rule of the thumb is; the rare the type of marble the more expensive it is. Another rule of the thumb is; the higher the quality the more expensive the marble slab is in Croydon.
  2. The complexity of the marble countertop design – some design have too many corners which require a lot of cutting and joining seams. This make the installation of the marble worktop difficult and thus expensive.

On average, the price of marble worktops in Croydon ranges from £ 35 – 175 per square foot. When you give it careful consideration, you will find that having our professionals install your marble worktop is the most viable option.

SUrfaceCo considered as one of the leading natural stone fabricators in Croydon and the UK in general. We pride ourselves in providing comprehensive service in the supply and installation of marble countertops in Croydon.

We have committed ourselves to giving our customers the most competitive prices in town.

If you are searching for a partner to do your marble worktop, give us a call today. We are the best in the industry.

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The Difference Between Marble and Quartz Countertops

The Difference Between Marble and Quartz Worktops

Marble and Quartz are all appealing and functional materials for any kitchen and bathroom countertops. They are loved by most home owners since they are durable and add beauty and value to homes. Marble countertops are made entirely from natural stone whereas quartz countertops have partial additives. Both materials have their own unique flecks, grains, veins and colour variations. As much as they share a lot in common, they are unique in their own ways.

Colorful Quartz

Quartz has most of the qualities that are in granite but it is only 90% natural. the 10% is made of resin and dyes to give them the unique colours and pigmentation. Without the natural colours, quartz is somehow dull and unappealing. All the same, the composition of quartz is uniform and hence doesn’t have many natural flecks, grains and veins when compared to marble.

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The top 5 Pros and Cons of Marble Countertops

Pros and Cons of Marble Countertops

Marble has been described as the epitome of countertop luxury. On top of this, it is relatively affordable. Nevertheless, not all homes have marble countertops. This means that despite the luxury and affordability, marble has some cons that house owners avoid.

The good

1. Natural

Marble is a natural stone that is easily recognizable given its unique appearance. Marble is either grey, white, pink exotic green but mostly white. Marble has special indicators which include flowing veins and elegance which works both in large and small slabs. Natural stones have an allure that cannot be achieved by any engineering process. Natural stones are appealing in both kitchens and bathrooms.

2. Elegant & Sophisticated Option

Marble is a popular stone in high end and luxurious establishments. From castles to old commercial buildings, monuments to ball rooms, window sills to countertops marble has been used as a show of luxury and power. Today, marble still hold a high place in the building and construction industry

3. Lifetime

Marble countertop outlive most of the synthetic materials. In cases where some materials melt, marble will normally withstand. They are not heat proof but they can surely take more heat than some synthetics.

4. Affordable

Despite its elegance and quality, marble is relatively affordable. From the mining process to the installation process, marble is cheaper than most countertop materials. Marble is readily available and this makes it more affordable. Get an instant quote for a marble worktop.

5. Pastry cool

Marble is naturally cool making it a darling for pastry lovers. When kneading, the flour doesn’t stick on the surface and this is a major plus.

The bad and the ugly

1. Soft like a sponge

Marble is more porous than granite and quartz. The soft nature of the stone makes it more porous than the granite and quartz. This means that marble is more prone from etching and staining. All the same, if you get your marble sealed and installed by a professional, marble may be as sturdy as both granite and quartz.

2. Needs more care and maintenance

To keep marble looking fresh and new, you will need to put in more effort than in the case of granite and quartz. For instance, you should be very careful when working with acidic food over a marble surface. Again, sealing and regular maintenance will protect the marble better. Protect your marble countertop by using trivets, cutting boards pot holders etc. stains should be cleaned immediately they spill.

3. It really hate kids

Marble is porous meaning that it is more susceptible to bacterial. This makes it unideal in homes with young children. Secondly, marble needs to be handled with great care since it is soft and porous. Acidic spills may cause the marble to dull and age. Marble is not the perfect option for most homes since it needs more maintenance and care.

4. Scratches and stain

Marble is soft and thus it very susceptible to scratches and denting. House hold items such as knives and pans will leave scratches on your marble countertop. Although it is relatively easy to buff some scratches away, big scratches are permanent.

5. Not a DIY project

If you though you will install your countertop by yourself or as a family activity, then a marble countertop might not be the best DIY project. The installation of marble requires professionals working with professional tools to install. Some of the cutting tools are expensive to purchase and/or hire.  Get free advice from Surfaceco team.

To buy or not buy

It goes without saying, marble is beautiful and aesthetically perfect. It will transform your home to something exotic and luxurious. This notwithstanding, it will need more time and effort to keep it looking beautiful and luxurious. Depending on the commitment you want to input in your marble, you will choose the fresh and new look or the old natural patina. But you should definitely buy!

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10 Tips for Taking Care of Marble Worktops

Tips for Taking Care of Marble Worktops

Marble has lots of benefits and is an excellent choice for your home. It is a natural stone that looks stunningly beautiful. But like many other fitting around your home, marble can be damaged overtime after much wear and tear. How do you clean your Marble Worktops, fireplaces and vanities? To keep marble looking bright and shiny, here are simple tips for taking care of your marble that should be on your finger tips:

1. Clean marble stains as soon as possible.

Acidic spills are harmful for your marble. Stains such as wine, fruit juice, tomatoes and some soft drinks are harmful to your marble. After a spill, make sure to immediately bloat the acids. Wiping and rubbing the acid makes it worse. You can use a commercial marble stain remover if the stain persists.

2. Protect your marble to save yourself a lot of trouble.

Although marble handles heat decently, you will want to avoid placing hot objects on the marble. Use coasters in case you need to have anything hot on the marble. Another thing you will want to do is to use ceramic or stone containers rather than metallic containers to avoid rust stains.

3. Add a marble sealer and your marble may live longer.

Most natural stones don’t require a sealer. This is so especially because it was sealer during manufacturing or when it was installed. But since marble is very porous, and the sealer may lose its effect over time, it is advisable to use a sealer to protect the marble from staining and damage. A sealer isn’t bullet proof but it at least protects it from moisture a lot longer time than a surface that is not sealed. Some sealers need to be re-applied every year or two, others every fifteen to twenty years.

4. For everyday cleaning, keep it simple.

For daily cleaning, less is definitely more. Simply use a small cloth, microfiber, with warm, distilled water to clean marble countertops. This is mostly after contact with food and other day to day dirt. Always dry up your marble with a dry cloth since marble is prone to water spots. Remember to avoid vinegar and other acidic cleaners when cleaning marble.

5. Prepare the marble for polishing

Prepare the surface by removing all the dirt on it. Make sure you wipe all the grime, grease, waxes and stains with a commercial stone cleaner. This is very important to avoid forcing them deeper into the surface when polishing marble.

6. Make your marble shine.

The safest way to make your marble shine is to polish it with chamois on a damp surface. The chamois will polish as it dries up. In case you want it to let it shine more, you can use a commercial polish and dry with chamois.

7. Avoid marble etching

Marble is prone to marking because it has calcium carbonate makeup, which reacts with any acids. The acid eats away a tiny bit of the surface resulting in dull spots known as etches. Any splash of acid is going to leave a subtle mark.

8. Use only products that are designed to clean marble

Marble is very sensitive. Acidic compounds will harm the marble. There are numerous products that are used to clean marble. There are many marble cleaning products on the market… some are good, but many aren’t worth using even if they were free.

9. Wax is a double edged sword

Wax is often used on marble since it protects and polishes the marble. However, the wax will lead to discoloration, especially if the marble is white. To bring your marble to a shine, use commercial products.

10. You have to deal with the scratch menace

You will have to avoid getting your marble scratched at all costs. If you, can’t you will have to deal with them. If the scratch is slight, you can try fixing it yourself by using a coarse-grit sandpaper. If the scratch is deep, consult a professional, like Surfaceco UK team.

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5 Benefits You Should Know About Marble Countertops!

Marble Countertops Benefits

If you are planning on getting a new countertop for your kitchen or home, you will have a difficult time trying the different options. You will likely have a hard time choosing between these four: Marble, Quartz, Granite and laminates. While quartz and laminate are manufactured, granite and marble are cut from natural stone.

One countertop stands out: Marble. Marble is regarded as the Phantom of countertops. It is unmistakable elegant and it will without doubt give your house an extreme makeover. If you are thinking of installing a marble countertop, then you should know its pros and cons.
Formation of marble
Marble is a rock formed metamorphically. This means that it is first found in a sedimentary form such as limestone and dolomite. Then it is subjected to severe pressure and heat that cooks it up to become the beautiful stone it is. The change is brought about by the impurities found in the original limestone or dolomite rock. Under the severe heat and pressure, the materials crystallize. Since the stone contains carbonate, the purest form of the stone is pure white.

Easy to Find

Granite and quartz countertops don’t come easy. They are difficult to find and this may delay installation and increase the overhead costs. Marble on the other hand is quite easy to find. It is widely available and can be found readily in most stone yards and fabricators. This means that anytime you want marble, you will not have to wait days for it to be delivered. In fact, you can just walk into a yard and drive home with your marble slab, install it and enjoy a drink on it in the evening.

Marble Slabs as Countertops

Marble has been used as countertop for a long time now. Initially, it was first used to make stone carvings, but somehow finds its way to our kitchens and homes. According to popular home designers, marble can go well with both painted and unpainted counter tops and fittings. It has as many advantages as disadvantages when used as the countertop of choice in homes.

Benefits of Marble Counter Tops

1. Better design capabilities – if you need to have a worktop that will need more than usual fabrication, you might want to go with marble. If for instance your counter top design is not strictly rectangular, you may want to avoid the common stone slabs. Marble is softer to work with than other stones. For counter tops with fancy edges or extra fabrication perks, marble will give a better workability than most stones. You will love how easy it is to cut marble. Especially if you have cut granite before.

2. Aesthetically beautiful – this is perhaps the major selling point for marble. Marble is loved for its bright white colour that fits in barely any colour scheme. It will be next to impossible to find a stone that is as white and bright. Though we have white quartz, granite and soapstone, there’s none that is marble bright.

3. A notch higher in cool – well, how cool is kneading flour on a countertop without having to worry about it sticking on the worktop? If baking is your thing, you will love working with marble countertops! It stays cool naturally and is not a big heat conductor.

4. Handles the heat – marble handles the heat quite impressively. It can take all the heat in your kitchen just in case you need to drop a hot pan quickly. All the same, it is not recommended to place a pot that comes directly from the stove on it just like in quartz or granite.

5. Forever together – despite it being a soft stone, it lasts. Although it is a porous material, it will serve fine. But if you are looking for something dense, you may want to consider quartz as an alternative.

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