Marble

Marble and onyx can both provide stunning beauty as countertops or accent pieces in homes, apartments, and businesses. These two materials will add equity and style to any area, but are mainly recommended for low flow locations like master bathrooms, exclusive bar tops, and bath surrounds.

Nature Of marble

Marble is a metamorphic rock that evolves from limestone. Marble has a wide color selection ranging from white, black, grey, pink, grey, red and blue. Because of marbles high-end appearance it is commonly used in elegant settings like master bathrooms, wash stations, bath surrounds and fireplace surrounds. Since marble maintains a consistent temperature, it is also ideal for baking areas. Optimum Onyx Marble has an extensive collection of marble that will be able to fit whatever your project is.

Handeling

Since marble is a natural stone it is porous in nature. Try to avoid placing harsh cleaning chemicals and acidic liquids, like wine, on marble counters to advert potential staining, however, daily cleaning and bi-annual sealing will be all it takes to retain the beauty and elegance of your marble countertops. Marble can last a lifetime with just a minimal maintenance.

Physical Properties

Marble occurs in large deposits that can be hundreds of feet thick and geographically extensive. This allows it to be economically mined on a large scale, with some mines and quarries producing millions of tons per year.

Most marble is made into either crushed stone or dimension stone. Crushed stone is used as an aggregate in highways, railroad beds, building foundations, and other types of construction. Dimension stone is produced by sawing marble into pieces of specific dimensions. These are used in monuments, buildings, sculptures, paving and other projects.

Color

Marble is usually a light-colored rock. When it is formed from a limestone with very few impurities, it will be white in color. Marble that contains impurities such as clay minerals, iron oxides, or bituminous material can be bluish, gray, pink, yellow, or black in color.

Marble of extremely high purity with a bright white color is very useful. It is often mined, crushed to a powder, and then processed to remove as many impurities as possible. The resulting product is called "whiting." This powder is used as a coloring agent and filler in paint, whitewash, putty, plastic, grout, cosmetics, paper, and other manufactured products.

Ability To Accept Polish

After being sanded with progressively finer abrasives, marble can be polished to a high luster. This allows attractive pieces of marble to be cut, polished, and used as floor tiles, architectural panels, facing stone, window sills, stair treads, columns, and many other pieces of decorative stone.

Hardness

Being composed of calcite, marble has a hardness of three on the Mohs hardness scale. As a result, marble is easy to carve, and that makes it useful for producing sculptures and ornamental objects. The translucence of marble makes it especially attractive for many types of sculptures.

The low hardness and solubility of marble allows it to be used as a calcium additive in animal feeds. Calcium additives are especially important for dairy cows and egg-producing chickens. It is also used as a low-hardness abrasive for scrubbing bathroom and kitchen fixtures.

Acid Reaction

Being composed of calcium carbonate, marble will react in contact with many acids, neutralizing the acid. It is one of the most effective acid neutralization materials. Marble is often crushed and used for acid neutralization in streams, lakes, and soils.

It is used for acid neutralization in the chemical industry as well. Pharmaceutical antacid medicines such as "Tums" contain calcium carbonate, which is sometimes made from powdered marble. These medicines are helpful to people who suffer from acid reflux or acid indigestion. Powdered marble is used as an inert filler in other pills.