Marble Table Tops

Marble Table Tops - Everything You Need To Know
Marble table tops have never been more popular in the hospitality industry – and why not marble is a beautiful, tactile natural material it is resistant to heat and, if you choose carefully, can also be reasonably priced. It has a satisfying cold feel, and comes in many types, each with its own distinctive appearance.
Marble table tops are available in a wide range of standard shapes and sizes and are also often available in bespoke sizes and shapes. Almost all marble tops have a depth of 20mm (the standard thickness of cut marble sheets) and there are a number of edge profile options.
As with any natural material, every marble table top will be unique – sometimes there are considerable differences between marbles even from the same quarry.
Marble table tops are porous, so need to be correctly sealed (or lacquered). In use, they need to be carefully protected from staining, etching and marking.
Marble edge profiles
White marble table tops: Carrara, Calacatta & Arabescato
 
Most marble table tops in the hospitality industry are mainly white; of these, most are Carrara marble. But there are increasingly well-known alternatives - Calacatta and Arabescato. All three of these come from the same region of Italy.

As a general rule of thumb (and in order of price):

Carrara marble - typically has milder, muted markings, often on a greyer background.
Arabsescato marble - generally has more contrast between a whiter background and darker grey markings, but on a smaller scale than Calacatta.
Calacatta marble - is also high-contrast, but on a larger scale to Arabsescato. It can sometimes also have a more ivory hue. Of the three, it is the most expensive and also the type with the greatest variation of pattern between tops.
Cleaning
Clean marble tops with warm water and soap, liquid detergent or Relay Spray. At all costs avoid sanitisers and similar products (including the popular D10 sanitiser). All liquids should be wiped from tops immediately to avoid staining and etching.
Difficult stains (maybe ink, wine, etc) can, with care, be cleaned off using white spirit (or a cleaning product such as Vanish Oxi Action Stain Remover). White spirit is also useful in removing grease and oil marks. We strongly recommend first testing the cleaning material on a non-visible area such as the underside of a table. It may be necessary to re-apply a stone sealer after deep cleaning, to recreate the original surface sheen.
Regular maintenance
Marble tops are supplied with a sealed surface. This seal provides light protection (note the provisos above) and also a gentle sheen (raw marble has a matt finish). The passage of time and cleaning will lessen the effectiveness of this thin layer of seal, which should be regularly re-applied, using a penetrating seal such as those sold by Premium Stone (following product instructions).
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