Marble had several different uses in ancient times. It was used for almost every building. Now it is most commonly used for flooring, counters, and tables. It can also be used for showers and wall tile. Marble is usually sold polished but unsealed.
Marble is also sold tumbled. Tumbled Marble is put into a vibration machine that beats up the surface to a dull appearance that is generally uniform in color but more porous. Installation can be tough on Marble, so it is very common that a new Marble floor will need to be re-polished and re-sealed. Only non-sanded grout should be used to avoid scratching. Marbles to avoid: green and black varieties. They show scratches and etching more than lighter shades and can be very difficult to restore.
Marble has been chosen as a floor covering for thousands of years not only because it is durable but mainly because of its ability to be a work of art. We have all the standard abrasives such as diamond pads and powders for cleaning, sealing and polishing marble. Our never ending effort to advance the abrasive processes for travertine have given us an advantage over our competitors because we can use these techniques for the beautification of marble as well.
An Important Note on Marble:
Marble is a denser stone than Travertine which means less air pockets and less fill overall. It comes in a very wide variety of colors and usually looks its best at a medium high shine or high gloss polish. The low amount of filler provides for a clear and consistent shine throughout the Marble floor.