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Sealing and Finishing
Trouble Shooting Guide
NON-RESILIENT TILE: MARBLE FLOORS
The composition of marble is
principally calcium carbonate in crystalline form. The beautiful colors in marble
are due to various minerals in the ground which effect this colorization. Marble is
generally porous and should be sealed.
- Avoid acids. Acids will attack marble floors
and cause pitting and in the case of extreme exposure, loss of strength.
- Avoid abrasives. Marble is a relatively soft
stone and can be permanently scratched by harsh abrasives like sand, some scouring
cleansers and overly agressive floor pads, if used in a dry state.
- Avoid crystalline cleansers, such as Trisodium
Phosphate - (T.S. P.). Crystals formed in the pores of the floor upon evaporation of
the cleaning solution exert a sufficient pressure to cause a spalling or chipping of the
- Silicate hardeners. Marble treated with
solutions of silicates have increased surface density, hardness and gloss. It almost
non-porous and cannot be sealed unless sanded or mechanically abraded to allow the seal to
adhere to the surface. It can be a difficult task to seal or finish marble.