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Common Questions about Marble and Marble Repair

As popular as it is, marble can be especially mystifying to people who have never used the stone in their homes or fully understood how to properly care for it.  As such, there are a lot of conflicting ideas about the best ways to maintain the beauty of marble and recognize scenarios that might require restoration or marble repair.

How sustainable is marble?

As it turns out, marble is actually a very resilient and versatile stone, and it can be used in more ways than you might imagine.  And, with the proper care and attention, it may be relatively easy to avoid the need for marble repair.  In fact, marble is so versatile and practical; it is commonly used on a large scale in commercial constructions in addition to its frequent use in kitchens and other areas of the home.

In fact, people all over the world have long relied on marble to clad their walls, tile their floors, and function all over their home, and the stone has certainly come through in terms of its sustainability.  Because it can be sensitive to abrasive materials and acidic agents, some have a distorted view of the reliability of marble.  Repair may be necessary at some point in the life of your marble, but the stone itself is known to hold up remarkably for generations.  

You can personally take certain steps to keep your marble looking great and prevent some need for marble repair by maintaining your marble and making sure the appropriate sealant has been used for your particular use of the stone.

Can marble repair be avoided?

Because marble is a porous stone, anything that spills on its surface has the tendency to seep into the pores and into the interior of the stone.  This doesn’t just impact the appearance of your marble; it can also damage the texture and weaken the surface of the stone over time, making it more likely to chip or crack and require marble repair.

A proper sealant can protect the surface, and in some cases, it is necessary to have a sealant that settles into the stone’s pores to protect it further from damage.  Using the best sealant for your marble is crucial to extending the life of the stone and safeguarding it against damage for as long as you can.  A professional can give you expert advice on whether or not your marble is sealed properly and how you can best protect your stone.

When it comes to keeping your marble clean, one of the easiest and most meaningful things you can do is to remove gritty substances and dirt from the surface of the stone on a regular basis.  Over time, these materials can impact the appearance of your marble by causing tiny scratches on its surface.  Simply removing them by wiping the stone with a soft cloth or damp mop can make a world of difference in the life of your marble.

Additionally, you should always clean spills as soon as possible, especially those that occur with agents that typically stain marble, like fruit juice, red wine, and coffee.  This should become a routine reaction even with properly sealed marble.  Along the same lines, you can keep the surface from weakening over time by steering clear of acid based cleaners that tend to cause deterioration.

When is marble repair necessary?

If you intend to install marble and are not familiar with its features, you should know that all marble is porous to some degree and also contains patterns that may look like tiny cracks in the stone. The majority of the time, these patterns, or veining as it is called, are simply the result of the minerals and other substances that combined to create the marble.  These properties of marble should have no impact on your need for marble repair in the future, other than its porosity being a good reason to seal the stone to ensure it can hold up against traffic and moisture in the environment.

If you have marble that has become stained for any reason, you may need some type of restoration services to improve the look of the stone instead of marble repair, which typically fixes damage to a stone’s surface like cracks or chips.  However, treating stains in marble is highly dependent on what caused it in the first place and the severity of the staining.  This is another task best left to a stone expert, as they would be able to advise you on what is necessary to improve the look of your marble.

Understanding Marble Porosity and Staining

According to the Marble Polishing Experts in New York, a very slight scratch in the surface of your marble may not require marble repair, if your marble is not cultured.  Occasionally, these can be buffed away using a soft cloth and some elbow grease, causing the marble’s sealant to soften and disguise the appearance of the scratch.  Marble repair for damage beyond the scope of a light scratch is generally not suggested to the average homeowner.  Many people, who attempt their own marble repair, end up causing damage or end up unhappy with the way their results look.  

When the surface of your marble has been cracked or chipped to a larger degree, you certainly need marble repair, something that should only be handled by a professional.  There are many techniques and a variety of products that can be used to help repair marble, and an expert will be able to determine the right process to fix the damage in your situation.

A professional should be skilled in filled any crack or chip in the surface of your stone, blending the repair with the rest of the stone, and advising you on sealing or maintaining your stone from that point.  Further, when it is properly cared for, any work done by a professional to repair damage in the surface of your marble should last as long as you have the stone.

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