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Cleaning Care and Repair Marble Stone

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Marble is stone that is generally polished and used in fine building work, furniture, or decorative art. It may be white or colored. It is porous, and easily stained. Marble is etched by acids. Wipe off anything spilled on marble immediately, as you would on a wood surface. Avoid setting beverage glasses directly on marble as they leave rings.

Regular Cleaning

Occasionally wash marble surfaces with lukewarm water and wipe dry with a clean cloth. Wiping surface with a damp chamois will not leave streaks. Once or twice a year, depending on soil, wash with a mild detergent solution (hand dish-washing detergent and warm water), rinse and wipe dry.

A light coat of wax will protect the surface of marble but is not considered essential. Use colorless wax. Don’t wax white marble as it may tend to yellow it. A marble sealer can be applied to clean marble, which will protect from staining and allow soil to be wiped off with a damp cloth.

Marble Stone Bathroom

Special Cleaning

Marble which has become dull can be livened up by using a commercial marble cleaner and polish. Buy from a company that sells marble. Companies generally carry imported polish-cleaners, which are used on softer imported marbles and hence safe for the harder U.S. marble. They work faster and easier than the old “marble care kits” which used to be distributed by marble companies.

Putty powder (tin oxide) can be used to polish dulled or etched surfaces, rubbing on with a damp cloth, folding and refolding to clean damp areas, and preferably using an electric polisher for buffing. However it’s very hard to find. Severely damaged surfaces, scratched or etched, can be polished by a business making and selling tombstones or other marble products.

Stain Removal

Make a poultice from white absorbent material such as a napkin, blotter, paper towel or facial tissue, dampened with the chemical recommended below to dissolve that stain; or mix whiting with that chemical to make a soft paste to cover the stain. The poultice should be left on the stain from 1 hour up to 48 hours, depending on the age and depth of the stain. Plastic wrap, held in place by masking tape, can be put over the poultice to keep it damp; otherwise it will have to be re-dampened with the chemical periodically. Mix only enough poultice for immediate use; mix a second batch later if another application is needed.

Organic Stains: Tea, coffee, colors bleached from paper, textiles or soft drinks. Make poultice soaked with 20 percent peroxide (hair bleaching strength) and a few drops of ammonia.

Oil Stains: Oil stains may include butter, hand cream or lotion. As soon as possible, spread surface with an absorbent fine powder such as whiting or even corn starch. After short time brush to remove and reapply more powder. Let stand 24 hours. To remove: Scrub with hot, sudsy (detergent) solution and stiff brush. Or wipe with ammonia-dampened cloth. In either case, then rinse and wipe dry. If these alkaline solutions don’t remove all the oil, you can try a solvent. Make a poultice dampened with acetone or amyl acetate (available at drug stores), or with home dry cleaning fluid. Use good ventilation with windows open to remove fumes, do not use near spark or flame, and do not leave on too long.

Rust Stains: Usually the result of metal items such as a lamp, metal container in which plant is placed etc. Use a commercial rust stain remover. Follow directions exactly and do not leave on surface very long as acid in many rust removers can etch the surface.

Acids Fruit juice, carbonated beverages or other acids will etch (remove shiny surface) if allowed to remain on marble. Wipe up acid spill immediately, and wipe surface with wet cloth. If surfaced is etched, polishing may be required.

Source: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/marble#ixzz11qcmwI2Z

Written by ignacio lópez silva

May 9th, 2011 at 9:39 am

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Granite Colors: Green Granite

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Green granite is a very popular choice in America because it can bring the freshness of nature to any kitchen. From more sober tones to the most exotic patterns that will fill your kitchen with the charm and beauty of a Brazilian forrest.

Here is my selection of 10 types of green granite that will really enhance your kitchen.

1. Verde Ubatuba Granite

Verde Ubatuba or Green Ubatuba is a basic granite quarried in Brazil. Dark green crystals consistently spread over the slab combining with golden flakes. These crystals range in size depending on the quarry; the amount of golden flakes ranges to. This granite is blue when it’s first extracted from the quarry but, with exposure to the sun and oxidation during the cutting process, it starts developing a gold tone that, combined with blue gives Ubatuba its genuine green tone. The only issue you need to look out for when you pick the slabs are small golden “hairs” that could lead to fissures when the slab is cut. Below is a picture of an Ubatuba countertop. To see more click here.

2. Peacock Green

Peacock Green is a basic granite quarried in Brazil. Coming from the same family of Ubatuba and Green Butterfly, it presents the same dark green crystals with a touch of gold. The main difference between Ubatuba and Peacock is the size of the green crystals; Peacock’s are larger. Green Butterfly is different because it also includes numerous white spots all over the slab. The most beautiful peacock green is quarried and manufactured by Marbrasa in the town of Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo. Below is a picture of a Peacock Green countertop. To see more click here.

3. Sea Foam Green

Sea Foam Green is an exotic stone quarried in brazil. This stone is extremely unique and somewhat hard to find. There are only a few factories in Brazil that produce it. This means that very few wholesalers in your area will carry it in stock. Green crystals of different tones combine with small darker spots along with large washed out areas that used to be holes in the slab but have been carefully filled and repaired by the factory. The tone ranges from a more pure green tone to a yellowish green. The slabs are typically not very impressive but, once they have been installed, Sea Foam Green countertops look majestic. If you really want to have a stunningly beautiful countertop try the leather or satin finish. Below is a picture of a Sea Foam Green countertop. To see more click here.

4. Costa Esmeralda

Costa Esmeralda is an exotic granite manufactured in Italy. Yellowish green veins move across a light green background combined with white areas. Costa Esmeralda has been a popular choice for American kitchens for a decade because it rests on the more conservative side of the exotic granite spectrum. Elegant and unique at the same time. Below is a picture of a Costa Esmeralda countertop. To see more click here.

5. Labradorite Blue Australe

Labradorite Blue Australe is a super exotic granite quarried in the African island of Madagascar but masterfully manufactured by the best Italian factories. Large iridescent blue flakes on top of mystic combination of greens that give a unique sense of depth to this granite. Ideal for the luxurious ambiences, Labradorite Blue Australe’s breathtaking beauty won’t leave anyone indifferent. Below is a picture of a Labradorite Blue countertop. To see more click here.

Written by ignacio lópez silva

December 9th, 2010 at 8:15 am