I am going to have a new bathroom remodeled and will have marble on
both the walls and floors.. I would like some feedback regarding
having honed on the floor and then polished on the walls? is this a
common way to do it? thanks
Marble is mainly calcium carbonate, ie the main ingredient in Tums. In
other words, marble is eaten by acids. Hence the need for a good
protective layer of something. Admittedly, wearing of marble by mild acids
will be slow.
As long as floor has some sheen to it, it will look fine. I stayed in a
hotel once that had polished on the floor- looked impressive as hell,
but deadly after stepping out of shower. The little bath mat they
provided did little to help, since it wanted to slide too. I learned to
hang on to something as I was getting out, and sit on tub edge to dry my
feet. I had some choice words for management as I was checking out, that
they at least needed non-skid bath mats versus the tiny washable ones
that most hotels use these days. All I got in response was a glassy
look. I bet that changed once somebody rich enough to afford a lawyer
got hurt and sued them.
Not a fan of marble in bathrooms- it is soft, and unless you keep it
sealed, porous. I've been in more than one older public building over
the years, where they actually PAINTED the marble stall dividers, since
they could not clean off the graffiti and other stains. The marble in
the lobby of the 1928 wing of my office has obvious staining where
people lean against it waiting for elevators, and wherever people touch
it as they go around corners or press buttons or flip switches. It has
been patched in with faux finish here and there where they did
modifications, since apparently nobody could find where it came from, or
didn't want to try tracking down the quarry, to get more. Lots of chips
on corners, down low, where janitor and delivery carts bang into it. So
if your heart is set on marble, get some spares, and box them up
carefully, and stash them in the basement where they won't get broken.
Well, at my low point on the food chain, ceramic tile or solid-surface
on wet walls, and some sort of slip-resistant tile for floor, preferably
with color all the way through, so any chips from things that get
dropped won't show. (Being a bachelor, I'm quite happy with vinyl
floors- no grout to keep cleaning and sealing.)
If cost was no object, granite or something similar, with some sort of
factory seal that doesn't have to be maintained. Of course, if I could
afford fancy walls like that, I could also afford a maid.
If you insist on stone, granite is a much better choice. For the floor,
though, tile is superior. You can get it as shiny or as non-skid as you want
and if done properly it'll last just short of forever.
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