Whether used in living rooms, kitchen countertops or bathrooms, marble has a timeless and elegant appeal. It has always been among the most preferred natural stones for home décor, and the most commonly used varieties are Italian and Indian marble. These natural stones are available in a wide range of colours and vein patterns, and to a layperson, the sheer variety of choices can be quiet overwhelming.
Pros And Cons of Indian Marble and Italian Marble
While the most significant advantage of marble is its aesthetic appeal, it does come with a lot of drawbacks.
- Marble is a porous stone and is prone to stains. Chemically, it is made of calcium carbonate, a basic salt that can react with an acidic material. That’s why citrus juices can corrode the surface and make it susceptible to small pits. For this reason, granite is preferred over marble for kitchen countertops.
- As marble is a natural stone, deeper layers of the stone could have fissures and cracks which may not be visible on the surface. As a result, the slabs you buy may sometimes come with a high percentage of wastage.
- Marble is prone to scratches and heavy or sharp objects should not be moved on the floor.
- Unless you have experts laying the stone, it may not be done perfectly level.
- Over a period of time, marble can wear away and develop hairline cracks due to weight or pressure. This is more common in Italian marble. However, many people feel this adds to the charm as the stone ages.
- Marble is more expensive than granite, vitrified or ceramic tiles.
Cleaning Tips: Indian Marble Vs Italian Marble
Marble is a stone that requires a high degree of maintenance to keep it looking good. Its porous nature makes it very prone to scratches and stains, and such imperfections show up all too well against a polished surface. Here are some maintenance tips:
- Acidic substances like vinegar, lime and tomato will stain the marble, so wipe up any spills immediately.
- Use diluted organic cleaners that are environmentally friendly and do not contain any chemicals.
- Seal the surface regularly with a sealant that forms a protective barrier. When water stops beading on the surface, it’s time to re-seal.
- Every few years, marble should be re-polished with carborundum stone and tin oxide, to restore the surface lustre.
- The water used for mopping the floor should not be hard or contain any chemicals.