Why Is My Marble Floor Dulling in Places?

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Marble is a beautiful natural stone that many homeowners choose to use in bathrooms, entryways, and other areas of the home. Unfortunately, when marble is used in certain areas of the home, you may begin to notice that the shine or polish on the stone seems to be wearing off unevenly, giving you dull spots. While this can be corrected either temporarily with a shine-enhancing sealer or more permanently with grinding and polishing of the entire floor, the best thing to do is to try to prevent this from happening in the first place. Learn the most common causes of dulling on a marble floor so you can help prevent it from occurring.

What Is Dulling?

The dulling that you see on your floor is known as etching. Etching occurs when some of the weaker particles of the stone are removed, usually because your stone came into contact with another material. Etching can happen to any stone, but is most common with calcium based stones like marble and limestone, because the calcite in the stones is so reactive with other substances.

Acid and Alkaline Contact

One of the causes of etching is the contact of your stone with something highly acidic or highly alkaline in content. Vinegar, urine, wine, lemon juice, and rock salt can all cause etching on a marble floor, which is why marble used in kitchens, entry ways, and bathrooms tends to have the most etching.

Abrasive Contact

Another way that etching can occur is when abrasives continuously come in contact with the stone, wearing down the weaker particles until they are removed. Shoes that have grit on the bottoms from being worn outside, for example, can eventually etch an entry way floor. Scrubbing your floor with abrasive cleaners or cleaning implements can also eventually lead to etching and dulling of the finish on your floor.

To help protect your stone, always use door mats and encourage guests to remove their shoes. Wipe up spills as soon as you notice them, and use an impregnating sealer to help impede the absorption of materials that could etch the stone’s surface.

All about Travertine Floor Tile

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One more rustic-looking natural stone that gets a lot of use these days is travertine. There is also a lot of confusion amongst homeowners about travertine is and how to use it well. Like with any flooring material, the more you learn about it, the better suited you are to deciding if it’s right for your home.

Formed in Natural Springs

Chemically speaking, travertine is actually a limestone. This means that it is a sedimentary stone made up primarily of calcite. But while most limestone formed on shell reefs, travertine formed inside cooling hot springs.

When the mud of the hot springs began to cool, the remaining water vapor pushed its way up and out of the forming stone. This left behind hundreds of tiny channels behind in the rock. When travertine is cut into tile, the channels present themselves as holes in the surface of the material.

Filling Up the Holes

The many holes in travertine help to give it its naturally rustic appearance, but they also make the stone weaker than other types of limestone. Therefore, the holes need to be filled either with epoxy or grout to help strengthen the stone. This can be done at the factory for honed and polished stones, or at the time of installation for more rustic styles. Leaving a few holes uncovered will not damage the stone, but it could cause it to attract dirt and stains.

Chemically Limestone

Remember that travertine is limestone, so while it looks like a harder rock, it’s actually one of the softer stone tile options around. Rustic, tumbled travertine often hides scratches and stains fairly well because of its texture. Honed and polished varieties are very easily scratched and stained, however, so care should always be taken when using travertine in high traffic or wet areas.

Maintenance

To help protect the travertine from staining, it should be sealed with an impregnating, silicone-based sealer on a regular basis. This will help fill up any unseen holes and prevent the stone from absorbing moisture.

If you want a naturally rustic stone that will eventually patina and soften to a beautiful finish, consider travertine for your next installation.

What’s the Difference between a Marble and a Quartzite?

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If you’ve gone shopping for marble either for your floor or for your countertop, you may have come across some marbles that are secondarily labeled as “quartzites”. This can be a little confusing – after all, marble is a calcium-based stone. If the stone you’ve been considering for your home has the word “quartzite” in its description, you’re in luck; quartzites are much harder, more durable, and far less likely to stain than true marble.

Pick up a piece of Blue Celeste or Thasos White. You’ll immediately notice that these two stones seem to sparkle with a grain, rather than having a smooth, veined surface like most marbles. That’s because these two stones are quartzites, which gives them slightly different properties than other stones.

Like marble, quartzite is a metamorphic stone. While marble is made up of calcite, however, quartzites are made of quartz that has undergone a metamorphic transformation. This leaves the stones smooth and glossy like marble, but with the hardness and durability of quartz.

Both marble and quartzite can occur in a variety of different colors, although both are considered purest when white. You can generally tell the difference when examining the stones by looking at the stone under light; quartzites tend to sparkle and appear to be made of compressed sugar, while marbles are visually smoother and contain more veins.

The biggest difference between the two stones comes in terms of durability. Quartzites are less likely to stain and etch or to have surface damage upon contact with acidic materials such as lemon juice. If you were to place a piece of pure white Thasos next to a piece of Calacatta and place a drop of water and a drop of lemon juice on each one, the Thasos would be less likely to darken from the water or dull from the lemon than the Calacatta. This makes quartzites an ideal choice for countertops and high traffic/high use areas such as foyers and bathrooms.

Every stone is slightly different depending on the different minerals that it possesses and the variations in its composition. If you come across some quartzite in your hunt for marble, don’t feel that you’re getting a lesser product; most quartzites are just as beautiful and much more durable than marble, making them a coveted choice for many installations.

Holiday Savings at Century Tile

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Get your home ready for the upcoming holiday celebrations!  We are having a great deal going on right now and you don’t want to miss out on this because it’s just in time for the holidays.  We are offering our best discounts exclusively to customers like you. Join us and take advantage of these special savings.

You can receive an instant $150 cash back with every $1,000 installed purchase.  We have a large variety of in-stock flooring options like bamboo, laminate, carpet, tile, vinyl, stone, glass, ceramic, porcelain, engineered and solid wood flooring.  Come visit one of 12 locations to browse and for more information on this great event!

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Customer Appreciation Sale!

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We are having our Customer Appreciation sale for 3 days only, starting Saturday, August 24 until Monday, August 26, 2013! We truly appreciate you and want to show you just how thankful we are. Come out to one of our twelve locations for carpet, hardwood, laminate, natural stone, glass, and so much more.  During these three days, you not only get great deals on tons of flooring materials, but you’ll also get cash back!   With our instant cash back event, you save even more.

Again, we are so grateful and want to thank you for your business.  We hope you take advantage of the event and that we see you this upcoming weekend so we can thank you for everything in person.  Visit the location nearest to you!

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Three Day Only Sale

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Three days only… Don’t Miss Our Free Labor Credit Event starting July  27, 2013 through July 29, 2013!

Here are some of the great offers going on this weekend:

  • Celebrate our Special Offers at all twelve Century Tile locations.
  • Get Free Labor & Pad on any carpet purchase*
  • In addition…For EVERY 100 sq. ft. of ceramic, stone, glass, wood or laminate you purchase, you will receive a $100 Labor Credit towards your Century Hard Surface Installation!**
  • Do a Backsplash Installation and get $25 minimum off on labor.  Buy 500 sq. ft. – get a $500 credit…buy 1,000 sq. ft. – get a $1000 credit.
  • Find deals of up to 20% off Quickstep laminate flooring or 10% off Century Distinctive hardwood or laminate flooring (solid & engineered hardwood flooring).
  • Amazing 10% off on ALL Dal-Tile products – stocked or special order!
  • Special 18 month no-interest financing available!

Don’t delay – these offers are only good through July 29th at any Century Tile location!

*For more details, visit any of our 12 locations.

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Our Customer Appreciation Sale

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Going on for only three days this weekend from Saturday, June 22nd to Monday, June 24th 2013 we are holding our Customer Appreciation Sale!  Thank you to all of our previous, recent, existing, and future customers for all that you do!  We’re taking this opportunity to show you just how thankful we truly are for you!  Check out our Customer Appreciation website information, too!

Have a wonderful weekend and we hope to see you at any one of our many locations!

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Give Your Home a Gift: Holiday Home Makeover!

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Are you entertaining family and friends for this year’s holiday season? Did you not get to finish or even start your home’s summer to-do list?

We can help get your house ready for the upcoming busy season so you can truly enjoy celebrating with loved ones!  Even if you’re not planning on entertaining the whole gang this year, now, is still a great time to cross a few home maintenance items off of that list.

We’ve got a huge selection of in-stock materials and fantastic deals on the latest styles.  Take a look at some of these fabulous deals:

  • Up to 35% off NAFCO Permastone
  • Only $.99 per sq. ft. on select Porcelain tiles
  • 20% off Mohawk DuPont Sorona and Wear Dated carpet with purchase of Mohawk Smart Pad
  • Get anywhere from 10%-20% off the entire line of Quickstep Laminate
  • Our entire line of Dal-Tile products are 10% off
  • Find a variety of Mohawk Hardwood up to 15% off

Visit one of our 12 Chicagoland stores or get more details from our website to make your floors ready to standout this holiday! This deal is good now until December 9th, 2012.

Mantle Decorating

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Even though you may not turn on or build a fire in your fire place anytime soon, you can still think about making the fireplace or mantle a focal point in your home. Check out these new design ideas!

  • The classic mirror-over-fireplace trick can reflect traditional or modern tastes, depending on which style of mirror you choose. You can see this idea in the photo on the left.
  • Get dramatic with a painted fireplace surround, glamorous black slate (not ceramic tile) and an elegant wood mantel.
  • Forgo a mantel for the sleek look of stone, all the way up to the ceiling.
  • Iridescent glass mosaic tile makes your hearth the jewel of the home.
  • Make a cool, contemporary and powerful focal point in your room with a large-scale slate hearth.
  • Try an extremely simple design with one piece of wood and a few pictures on top, like the photo below.

Aren’t these great ways to update your fireplace and make it a showpiece in your family room? Remember, that there are lots of tile options to choose from if you decide to go that route in sprucing up your fire place area.  You can’t go wrong when it comes to decorating the home with your own style.  Be sure to jazz up your mantle the way you want!

New Flooring? How about adding a Medallion?

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Do you dream of adding style and updating your home with new flooring? How about taking a look at adding a medallion to your plans?

In a foyer, a medallion sends an instant message about your home with its dramatic impact on your floor. As a central feature in a great room, it can serve as a focal point or a transition element between different functional areas.

This medallion is made of marble. The multi-tone gold mixes well with the light ivory marble to create a medallion that pops against the limestone floor. If you want a more subtle look, pre-cut medallions come in a rich selection of materials, colors and tones.

Are you considering wood floors? The good news is that medallions are also available in wood. By using different types and stains of wood, these medallions are striking and inviting.

While it looks complex to install, using pre-cut and connected pieces enables installers to place the medallion of your choice in the position you choose in your home. If you look at this photo, the medallion is dropped in the middle of an unrelated floor design, and it still works well.

For more ideas on how to use a medallion to add interest to your home, visit our showroom to see the selection available. Whether you like modern or traditional décor, there’s a medallion with your name on it!