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Engineered Marble and Cultured Marble Maintenance and Care

Engineered marble requires daily maintenance and care, it also appplies to cultured marble, and these procedures will ensure that you engineered marble or your cultured marble maintains its unique beauty and elegance. Engineered marble ( cultured marble ) have a great percentage of natural marble, therefore in part they will need similar care as to its natural stone composition.
The use of a vacuum to do periodical cleaning on your engineered stone ( cultured marble ) is a wise option, as we all do understand that sand, pebbles, stone grit and dirt have a greater hardness than marble, and therefore can originate scratches on your engineered marble floor ( cultured marble ). A good brush type door mat may be essential to avoid sand and dirt entering your home. 
Many shopping centers also have big brush type door mats at all their entrances, mostly to clean off all sand and dirt that may come in attached to visitors shoes. The sand and dirt that is carried inside by visitors is considered one of the most damaging to flooring surfaces.
Cleaning detergents should be carefully selected, non-abrasive and with neutral Ph is recommended. The Ph is very important; if you use cleaners with high acid index it will ruin your polish and damage the surface. Unfortunately marble is made up of calcium carbonate which reacts with acids almost immediately. 
Besides the cleaning detergent, there are many risks for your engineered marble ( cultured marble ) in your home, lemon juice spill, orange juice, wine, cola drink, etc. The list goes on, but one thing we quickly can determine is that the majority of these things are normally found in our kitchen. So I strongly advise you not to use engineered marble ( cultured marble ), as any natural marble, in the kitchen either as flooring, backsplashes or as countertops. To keep it beautiful you'll need to constantly be alert, and daily routine maintenance and care is essential. Engineered marble ( cultured marble ) is a good product to use on flooring (either than kitchen), stairs, washroom flooring, walls and vanities.
The porosity of the engineered stone ( cultured stone ) is much lower than most natural marble, however it does absorb, after spills make sure you clean up or you may stain your engineered marble permanently.

Here is a small list of some chemical common  products you may use to protect and beautify your engineered marble (cultured marble ):
  • Engineered marble sealer: you will find several types of stone sealers on the market; make sure you find one appropriate for engineered marble, which means products with low porosity. The sealer has to be specific as it needs to infiltrate a product with relatively low porosity; most natural marble has great porosity, so the common sealers used are not advised.
  • Neutral cleaning detergent: as mentioned before the recommended cleaning detergent should be non-abrasive and with a neutral Ph.
  • Engineered marble wax: this may only be necessary a while after you install you engineered marble. When first installed, engineered marble comes with a perfect factory shine, with time and usage this shine will gradually fade. To revive you floors shine you can contact specialized personnel to do a total surface regeneration or before that option just apply an engineered stone wax to improve your engineered floor's beauty.
You should never forget, as I have repeated before, that your engineered marble is greatly made up of natural marble (more than 90%); therefore it needs a delicate daily maintenance to keep it looking as beautiful as the day it was installed. Re-polishing the surface is always an option, although delay it as much as you can. Before you re-polish the surface make sure you hire a professional team that have dealt with this product before and read the manufacturers care and maintenance issues.
Before using detergents which you are not certain that they are proper for engineered marble, test it on a hidden part of your floor. If all goes well then carefully use it.
Any floor either natural marble or engineered marble looks beautiful, its colourful design and texture will give your home a unique and elegant look. Nevertheless, to maintain this beauty you have to dedicate some time and effort to it. But at the end I guess it's all worthwhile.

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