About Connemara of Ireland
Even though you may be contemplating Connemara marble, that does not mean that it will require extraordinary treatment. Choosing a surface made from marble from Ireland does not mean that it needs to be treated differently than its counterparts. In this article we will look briefly at the Irish marble known as Connemara. We will discuss why it is like other marbles and what that measn for consumers. Along the way we will also consider some things that professional must consider when working with it and how to care for it.
Connemara is Irish Marble
The name is specific and even intriguing, but that doesn't mean that it is a completely different material. Connemara is a Irish marble and as such, it is composed of the same stuff that all marble is primarily made of. That means this material is the same as the other natural marble surfaces. Since it is composed mainly of calcium carbonate, the material will have some basic characteristics that translate into practical needs that is common to any marble surface.
A Relatively Soft Stone
Connemara is a relatively soft stone. It resides at the low end of the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. This fact means that it is not as hard as other natural stone like granite or quartzite, so it is a little easier to cut.
Even though is a soft stone, it doesn't mean that it is a light stone. Even soft stone is heavy. In fact, fabricators and other stone professionals use metal plate clamp lifters for handling Irish marble slabs, including Connemara.
Caring for and Maintaining Connemara Marble
Maintaining any natural stone material requires a three phase sytem. Putting this system into practice makes caring for your Irish marble not only a habit, but it also is the recommended way of keeping the stone in its best condition. The three phases include:
- Periodic Sealer Applications: apply one of the sealers for natural stone on your Connemara surface
- Daily Cleaning: After applying sealer to the surface, whether the marble is from Ireland or anywhere else, clean it using a cleaner for natural marble so it does not harm the sealer you have applied.
- Stain Removal As Needed: even if you do the other two steps, you may need to remove a stain from the surface. If this needed, choose one of the kits for maintaining stone with the appropriate stain remover in it.
Calcareous stone is susceptible to etching. So in addition to the above treatments, you may on occassion need to use an etch remover for calcareous stone.
As we have seen, Connemara marble is like others marble, it is just from Ireland. Irish marble not only is beautiful, but it also requires equipment to handle it and caring for it means knowig what to use and how often.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a difference between what geologists define as marble and what is commonly called marble in the stone industry. Some natural stone that gets classified as "marble" in commercial contexts are in all actually, truly limestone geologically. Therefore, some materials discussed on this site which are geologically limestone may be presented and referred to as "marble" since consumers may have heard these referred to as such. There is more information about marble types at Wikipedia.org