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RE: marble tile vs glazd porcelin tile (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: bill_vincent on 01.19.2009 at 09:53 pm in Flooring Forum

Just a couple of things to think about. First, the only time I'd completely discourage the use of marble or ANY natural stone in a bathroom is if you have hard water problems. Then the staining can only be removed by cleaners that would hurt the stone. BUT-- natural stone, and especially polished marble, is alot more work, making sure you keep it clean, using ph neutral cleaners, and keeping it sealed, as well. So long as you're okay with the upkeep, there's nothing wrong with it. Matter of fact, when I renovate my OWN master bath this summer, I'll be using polished marble to put it together.

Now-- if you'd rather not have the upkeep but still want the look, try using a product called rectified porcelain. It has the same look as real polished stone-- In fact, to some it's nearly indistinguishable (pics below), but NONE of the upkeep. Additionally, if you DO have hard water problems, the tile is pretty much indestructible, so you can use whatever detergient is needed to remove the stains.

Both the shower and foyer floor in the following pics are rectified porcelain:




If you're interested in rectified porcelain, a good place to start would be Crossville's Empire Series.


clipped on: 02.19.2009 at 03:39 pm    last updated on: 02.19.2009 at 03:45 pm