- 1) What are the differences between marble, granite and stones?
Commonly the term Marble is used generically referring to any type of rock that has been fabbricated or has a decorative use.
Stone: Stone defines a rock for** building not** polishable according to UNI 8458.
This makes it suitable above all for urban , rustic and rural use, thanks to the versatility and affordability
- 2)Which is the best material for the kitchen countertops between marble, granite and quartz?
The kitchen countertop, is definitely the most exposed part of our kitchen daily use.
For this reason, the material used for the work surface must be sturdy and durable for everyday use and easy to clean.
Among the natural stones marble and granite are the materials most used for kitchen countertops.
Their aesthetic and chromatic variability allows diverse application possibilities.However the differences between the two materials need to be highlighte , to provide a complete picture and permit an accurate choice by the customer.
Marble, made of calcium carbonate, has a lower hardness, it easily reacts with acids (vinegar, lemon juice, etc.) and is easily fabricated with different finishes (polishing, brushing, bush hammering, flaming, polishing etc).
Granite presents a greater hardness in terms of resistance and reaction to acids, it follows that it is polished with greater difficulty. The only possible finishes are the flamed and bush hammered.
From the combination of natural components such as quartz and pigments with resins, quartz composite countertops are created.
The quartz worktop is the best surface that resists stains, heat and scratches.
Five times stronger than granite, not at all porous, easy to clean, it requires no special maintenance and is able to give charm to your kitchen. It does not absorb liquids and has an excellent level of protection against oil, coffee, wine, carbonated drinks and many other everyday products.
- 3)How to protect marble from the stains in the kitchen??
The polished finish is not only a way to express the beauty of the material, but a way to reduce the porosity of the same, making it more resistant to absorption.
In the event of a honed finish to the top, to avoid stain absorption, we recommend a sealing treatment such as water-oil-based repellent, that penetrating in the pores makes the material inert to the penetration of liquids.
- 4)What maintenance does natural stone require?
To clean natural stone neutral products must be used (common soaplike Marseille soap) and not too aggressive.
In fact, the systematic use of prolonged and oxidizing agents such as bleach, may alter some of the components of the pigments present in the veins of the marble.
- 5) What is the difference between marble slabs and solid marble?
After extraction of marble from quarries by means of “diamond” blade saws, or by using pressurized water technology, it can be cut into flat slabs. These vary from a minimum thickness of 1 cm, up to a maximum thickness of about 30 cm: slabs with a thickness less than one centimeter would be excessively brittle, poorly resistant to bending and cutting, while greater thicknesses allow the slab to overcome the steps of processing and transport avoiding cracks or breakages of the material.
A slab with a thickness exceeding thirty centimeters is defined as “solid”. The slabs and solid material are fabricated in cutting centres.