Marble is a classical, beautiful natural stone full of lush colors and swirls. There hundreds of varieties of marble available in full slabs for solid surface countertops, large and small tiles, mosaics, pencil liners, and chair rails. Stop by our showroom to get a sampling of the many different marble options.
A more rare variety of marble, onyx is admired for its translucent nature and bold, vivid colors. Onyx can be seen in dramatic, backlit countertops in many luxury hotels and restaurants around the world. Onyx tiles, mosaics, and countertops are most common in golden/honey, red, rust, and green varieties, although white and brown varieties are also available in some sizes.
Since marble and onyx are both delicate, calcium-based natural stone, we would not recommend them for kitchen counters. Acidic foods and liquids will etch and erode these stones and remove their polished finish, and common kitchen utensils can easily scratch them.
However, for a floor, wall, fireplace, or bathroom surface, it's hard to find anything more elegant and exotic than marble and onyx.
Use caution when choosing marble for a wet area, such as a shower surround. Some green and black marbles are moisture-sensitive and will warp, curl, or blister when wet. These and other fragile marbles often have an epoxy coating on the back, and should only be installed with a special epoxy adhesive. Improperly setting water-sensitive marble tiles will result in a ruined installation. Ask us about specific products you want to use.
When using marble or onyx on a floor, take a moment to consider slip resistance. A polished surface can be incredibly hazardous in an entryway, kitchen, or bathroom where someone with wet feet can slip and fall. If you have your heart set on a polished floor but are concerned about safety, we recommend using Miracle Anti-Slip Formula to add a layer of traction without detracting from the beauty of your stone.
Marble is a porous natural stone, and as such needs a sealer to protect it from staining. Yes, even polished marbles need to be sealed! A cheap, low-quality sealer will wear off in as little as six months and can discolor natural stone, so we recommend investing in a high-quality penetrating sealer that can last up to 20 years!
You have two choices of 20-year sealers: a sealer that won't change the appearance of your limestone, and an enhancing sealer that will intensify the colors of your stone. The enhancing sealer's effect is only visible on marble that's not polished (tumbled, honed, or brushed marble), as polishing marble makes the color vibrant and intense.
To learn more about the different types of sealers, visit our Sealer page.
Marble and onyx are calcium-based sedimentary stones, so you have to use gentle, non-acidic cleaners for daily cleaning. Cleaning products with lemon juice or vinegar bases (such as Simple Green) or lime-eroding cleaners (like Scrubbing Bubbles and Lime-Away) will severly damage your stone.
For everyday cleaning, use a neutral, soapy cleaner or a stone-specific cleaner such as Kleen & Reseal to keep your stone in pristine shape. Kleen & Reseal adds a little bit of sealer with each cleaning to help protect your stone.
As long as you have a good stone cleaner and a long-lasting sealer on your stone, it will stay beautiful for a very long time.
To learn more about taking care of natural stone, visit our Cleaning and Maintenance Page.
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1531 Central Ave S
Kent, WA 98032
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