Marble is a luxurious and timeless material that adds sophistication and elegance to any project. However, many designers and contractors are hesitant to use marble in wet areas like showers, due to concerns about staining, etching, and discoloration. Fortunately, with expert installation, proper substrate preparation and maintenance, marble can be used in showers and other wet areas with stunning results.
One of the key considerations for using marble in wet areas is sealing. Marble is a porous material, which means that it can easily absorb liquids and stains. Sealing the marble on all six sides helps to prevent this, by creating a barrier between the marble and any water or other substances that come into contact with it.
The ability of the substrate to drain properly (as well as the shower floor surface!) is critical to ensure moisture does not get permanently trapped between the waterproofing layer of the substrate and the underside of the sealed stone.
Another important aspect of using marble in wet areas is proper cleaning and maintenance. Avoid using acidic or abrasive cleaning products on your marble, as these can damage the surface and lead to discoloration. Instead, opt for gentle, pH-neutral cleaning products specifically designed for marble. Additionally, it's important to regularly clean up any water or soap residue, to prevent staining and etching.
In terms of style, there are many different types of marble to choose from, each with its own unique look and feel. Whether you're drawn to the bold, dramatic look of black marble or the soft, subtle beauty of white marble, there is a marble that is perfect for your shower. And, with a variety of textures, finishes, and sizes to choose from, you can create a truly custom look that is tailored to your individual taste and style.
At Marblecare Philippines, we are experts in the supply, installation and maintenance of marble, and we are here to help you achieve the beautiful, functional shower of your dreams. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you transform your wet areas into stunning showcases for this beautiful material.