Marble Surface Applications
What Marble Surface to Choose Highly polished, Satin, Polished, Tumbled, Honed, Patinated or Antique?
Highly polished marble surface
The finest processing method for marble tiles is called high-gloss polishing. The procedure begins with the smoothing of the marble. Very fine grinding brushes are used. The surface is then sealed with a polishing agent. As a result, the marble tiles gain a flawless shine and excellent cleaning properties. The natural beauty of the grain can be wonderfully brought out with this process. In order to maintain the high gloss for a long time, it is advisable to apply an impregnation. This covers the marble-like a protective film and delays the formation of recognizable walking steps.
Satin-finish marble Surface
Satin marble tiles are characterized by their matt and slightly roughened surface. The marble is satin in two steps. In the first step, coarse sandpaper opens the surface of the natural stone. The second step is a partial smoothing by using brushes. The resulting surface structure can be aptly described as leather-like. In addition to the rustic, antique-looking look, satin marble offers the advantage of pleasant grip and good slip resistance. The process of sanitizing is mainly used for indoor tiles. In addition to marble, other natural stones can also be satin, for example, granite or limestone.
Polished Marble Surface
After the high-gloss polish, the polish is the finest processing method for marble. It is carried out using very fine grinding wheels and creates a smooth surface. The natural structure of the grain and the colors come into their own with polished marble tiles. In addition, the surface of the tiles is easy to clean. You don’t need more than a sponge, a little lukewarm water and a mild detergent. The traditional manual grinding with high physical effort has been replaced by modern methods and industrial grinding machines. Diamond grinding wheels and mineral grinding wheels of different grain sizes are used.
Tumbled Marble Surface
In the tumbling process, marble tiles are placed in the drum of a free-fall mixer together with quartz stone. Tumbling ensures the abrasion of the surfaces. These roughen up and gain a pleasantly soft, matt appearance. The desired surface structures can be created exactly. As a result, the marble tiles take on an antique appearance in the tumbling process. It harmonizes wonderfully with country-style furnishings and other rustic designs of the house and apartment. Typical areas of application for tumbled marble are kitchens and living rooms indoors, but also terraces. An additional advantage of the Tumbling process is the improved slip resistance of the tiles.
Patinated marble surface
Patinated marble tiles are easy to clean and easy to maintain. Patination takes place in two steps. First, the marble is exposed to the heat by flaming. The mineral structure of the natural stone expands so much that small cracks and fractures are formed. The surface broken up in this way is then processed with fine grinding brushes. The soft components of the marble are removed. The harder components remain. The result is a relatively smooth surface with slight differences in height.
Antique marble Surface
All treatments that give the marble an old or antique appearance are summarized as antique. The effect can be created by processes such as tumbling, sandblasting, sandblasting and brushing. The result of the various methods is that the marble tiles have an uneven and matt surface. When Tumbling, corners and edges are also rounded. Antique marble is non-slip and sure-footed. The style goes well with furnishings with a high proportion of wood, such as the country house style, but also with a Mediterranean chic with limed walls and decorations made of terracotta.