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Calacatta Marble

About Calacatta Marble

Calacatta marble is a rare type of Italian marble that is of high quality and sought out by those that appreciate a quality stone. It is useful for a variety of applications and has a reputation for being of great value and desirability.

Uses For Calacatta Marble

The look of Calacatta marble is distinctive. It is bold and its veining is quite distinguishable from other types of marble. The veining is characterized by fewer, bolder veins than other popular marble types. The uses for this marble type are as follows:

  • Flooring
  • Backsplashes
  • Boardroom Table Tops
  • Kitchen Countertops

Calacatta Marble is associated with luxury due to its rarity and unique, distinctive appearance. This type of marble is often found in designer homes.

Popular Calacatta Marble Colors

This Italian marble is often seen in a variety of colors that include shades of gold, grey and white. That's right, often times at first glance, you may not notice the gold tones in the material. This is especially true if there are gold focal points in the room with the stone. These white and grey stones often times have hints of gold in them. Other times they have vibrant gold accents that add character to the stone.

Uses for Calacatta Marble

This high quality marble from Italy is used in various ways. Because of its dramatic veining, it makes great focal point pieces. Some of the uses of Calacatta include:

  • Back splashes
  • Fireplace Surrounds
  • Kitchen Countertops
  • Bathroom Countertops

Countertops & Backsplashes

Because of the dramatic look and the colors that Calacatta is available in, it draws attention even when it is in a room with many textures. It is used for back splashes and counter surfaces as shown in this photo.

Fireplaces

As mentioned before, the dramatic look of the veining in this high quality marble makes it a great candidiate for focal points like fireplaces. As you can see in the photo below, a Calacatta Marble fireplace adds impact to this room.

Hopefully, by looking at these example uses of Calacatta, you can see that this Italian marble is sought after and featured by designers for good reason. If you have the high quality marble, how can you care for it?

Calacatta Marble Care And Maintenance

No matter what kind of marble you have selected for your home, it will require a variety of treatments as part of an ongoing marble care and maintenance program. Here, we will discuss some of the aspects of caring for Calacatta Marble.

Does Calacatta Marble Stain Easily?

The short answer is: "that depends on how you care for it". Like other types of marble, Calacatta Marble requires some TLC&M (Tender Loving Care and Maintenance) if you want it to retain the natural beauty that draws many to choose it as a kitchen surface. Often times, homeowners or property managers and caretakers find that there are substances that can cause marble to stain. Hence, they begin looking for a marble stain remover. But there are other types of care that are needed as well.

Marble Etching

Stains are not the only discolorations that affect marble. Acidic substances can also cause discolorations in Calacatta Marble known as etches. These etches are caused by the acid literally dissolving a mineral found in the marble. This mineral - calcite - reacts with the acid and the result is a dull spot that can appear to be a stain. For treating these types of discolorations, an etch remover for Calacatta marble can be effective.

Cleaning Calacatta Marble

Since the composition of Calacatta Marble makes it susceptible to acids, there is a need for the proper daily cleaners used. On Calacatta, a pH neutral cleaner that is designed for use on marble surfaces is the best marble cleaner to use for Calacatta. But there is even more that can be done to maintain the beauty and luster of your Calacatta marble surface.

Protecting Calacatta Marble

Since marble is a porous natural stone, it is vital to protect it from potentially harmful liquids that could be absorbed into the pores of the stone and stain or etch the marble. Now that we have explained what kinds of concerns some have about marble care and maintenance, let's take a look at how to care for your Calacatta Marble kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, and work surfaces.

It all boils down to how to care for Calacatta Marble. Having a regular system for treating the facets of maintenance mentioned above is the key to making your stone last for a long time. Here is the recommended care & maintenance routine to use on most marble stone:

  1. Use a premium marble sealer for marble to create a barrier through which any acidic substances must work there way. Periodically test the stone to see if it needs to be sealed. This test is easy to do. Simply put some water on the surface of the stone at wait for a few minutes, and then wipe up the water. If there is a slightly darker spot where the water was, then the stone should be sealed. Sealing Calacatta Marble will not make it stain proof, but it will allow you more time to clean up any spills that could be absorbed into your marble surface.
  2. In between sealing your marble surfaces, be sure to use a pH neutral cleaner designed for use on your Calacatta Marble. Using a cleaner that is even slightly acidic will break down the barrier created by the sealing process described in step one.
  3. You can also use a fortified polish for marble surfaces between sealer applications to bolster the protective barrier and keep your polished Calacatta looking as shiny and new as the day you first had it installed.

In closing, Calacatta Marble is a very distinctive looking stone with character. Its unique look is just one reason people find it so appealing. However, like all marble, Calacatta requires some basic care and maintenance in order to keep it looking its best.

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