6 things to know before choosing and installing marble floor tile 2021-04-07 11:16:56
Learn about the color, pattern, quality and cost of luxurious popular marble floor tile to determine whether it belongs to your house.

The beautiful marble floor began to enter our home in the form of limestone. Millions of years of metamorphosis-intense heat and pressure-have produced dense, variegated stones that can be polished into highlights. Marble is now mined globally and is highly regarded as natural marble for countertops and flooring products. Polished marble reflects light and makes the room look more spacious while providing an elegant atmosphere.

However, for this high-end material, marble is also durable and easy to maintain. You will find that it is usually installed in "damp" environments, such as kitchens and bathrooms, where frequent water splashes can be wiped away without damage. Therefore, if you are considering incorporating this fabulous floor into your home design, read on to learn about the types of marbles available, how to choose the best marble for you, and collect some do-it-yourself tips (if you choose Solve the installation problem yourself).

1. Marble floors have a variety of color options, but they are usually divided into three categories.
Marble floor tiles have different colors and surface patterns. Lines of contrasting colors passing through the surface are called textures, and may be heavy, obvious, or delicate, almost invisible. Although there are more than one hundred kinds of marbles, they are mainly divided into three categories, and each type is determined by its appearance.

  • Carrara: This popular white marble has been used in ancient Greece and Rome many centuries ago, appearing in huge pillars and exquisite statues. Today, Carrara marble floor tiles have limited colors, ranging from light to warm white, with a medium to light gray texture on the surface.
  • Calacatta: Similar to the white marble of Carrara, the color of Calacatta marble is closer to pure white and has a dark gray texture, which creates a sharp contrast.
  • Breccia: To make marble floors have more color and warmth, consider Breccia marble, which has deeper tones, including warm gold, tan, dark brown and red. The dark gray and black texture of Brescia marble tends to appear in gorgeous swirls, and often includes perfectly round outlines, similar to bubbles trapped under the surface.

2. Marble floor tiles are not always shiny, nor should they be shiny.
The above types of marble can be finished according to the effect of high gloss or matte, depending on the marble most suitable for the location.

  • Polished marble: The most popular choice for marble floors is to have a high-gloss appearance by polishing the surface with a stone polisher. The marble texture is polished and polished to give the floor a radiant and luxurious appearance. With proper maintenance (see below), polished marble will maintain a reflective surface for many years.
  • Polished marble: This type of finish is only slightly polished, which is only enough to produce a flat smooth surface, but not enough to produce luster. Honed marble provides a durable surface with a soft matte surface. Some people think that a down-to-earth surface is more appropriate than shiny polished marble.

3. Marble tiles smaller than 2 feet are the most common tiles in home installations.
Marble floors come in different sizes of tiles, from small 2-inch by 2-inch squares to large 6-foot by 8-foot tiles. For residential houses, marble tiles rarely exceed 2 feet by 2 feet, because the larger slabs are very heavy and require special installation. Large slabs are usually only found in commercial and public buildings. The thickness of residential tiles ranges from ¼ inch to ¾ inch, while the thickness of commercial marble slabs can reach 2 inches.

4. The coveted luster on polished marble will slip when wet.
Unfortunately, the slip coefficient makes polished marble unsuitable for houses where older residents are at risk of falling. To reduce the slip coefficient of polished marble, consider using a multi-area carpet with a non-slip backing, or applying non-slip products on the floor surface. Anti-slip products are designed to increase the grip of the floor without reducing its gloss. Polished marble floors are naturally less slippery than polished marble floors.

5. Unless you have experience in tile installation, please don't DIY marble floors to save money.
As with ceramic tiles, homeowners familiar with basic tile laying methods can save a lot of money by installing their own marble floors. If you have never laid tiles, it is best to be done by a professional tile installer.

6. The marble floor needs to be cleaned every day, pay attention to leakage in time and seal it regularly.
Although marble is a durable floor, it still requires more attention to maintain its beauty.

Sweep the marble floor every day to remove residual sand or gravel. Walking on sand may cause scratches on the marble floor.
Wipe up spills immediately. Acidic liquids such as orange juice or vinegar can stain the marble. Water will not stain the marble, but it will dull the surface over time.
Seal the polished marble floor with a high-quality stone sealant at least once a year. Honed marble is more porous than polished marble. It is recommended to seal the sealed marble floor twice a year to prevent contamination. This is a good idea.
Please use a mild, non-acid floor cleaner for regular cleaning. The product should indicate its suitability for marble flooring on the label. Or, add ½ cup of ammonia and 1 tablespoon of dish soap to a gallon of water to make your own mild floor cleaner.
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