Marble is a relatively hard, uniform and easy material to work with. Fritz Hansen offers two types of marbles: Rolled and Honed marble for selected tabletops in the collection.
With some marble dating up to 540 million years back in history, being metamorphized by the content of the earth and its crust at the time, it must be emphasized that every piece of marble is unique and that no two pieces will be identical.
Furthermore, all types of marble will have various veining and crystallization that might appear to be cracks or pits, but these features are to be considered as a natural property of the stone. The slow creation of the raw materials leads to big variation on structure, pattern and colour.
There may be sand holes, glass veins and porosities in the surface, all are natural distinctive marks. The following examples of natural distinctive marks are indications of genuine marble and may appear to some extent:
To protect the surface of the tabletop and before using the table, we recommend you apply Stone Wash (alternatively soap flakes) - a cleansing soap for all-natural stone types - which is delivered with each PK marble table. With the use of Stone Wash, the surface will create a layer of protection against stains, but please note the tabletop will never be 100% stain repellent: Acid can still penetrate depending on how long it stays on the surface.
In the unfortunate event of stains, clean with Stone Wash or soap flakes as described below. Leave it in pure form on the whole surface of the table, never only in patches, and you will build up the sheet of protection again.
Apply Stone Wash directly from the bottle on the entire tabletop, including the edges, in an even layer with a lint-free cloth. Let the soap penetrate the stone, wait around 5-10 minutes without the surface drying completely and then wipe off the remaining soap with a wrung-out cloth (lint-free).
NOTE, make sure all the remaining soap is removed to avoid stripes on the surface. It is important that the entire tabletop is covered during each treatment with Stone Wash to maintain a uniform surface. Repeat the treatment whenever necessary.
For maintenance using soap flakes use only small, fine flakes that easily dissolves in water.
Whip up a soapy solution of 2-3 tablespoons of soap flakes per litre of hot water and apply the foam to the tabletop with a soft brush or cloth (lint-free). Leave the foam to work for about 5 minutes without drying out to allow the tabletop to absorb as much soap as possible. Then wipe the tabletop with a clean, damp cloth (lint-free).
NOTE, it is important that the entire tabletop is covered each time in order to maintain a uniform surface. Repeat this treatment regularly as needed.
For purification of very heavy stains use Stone Wash directly from the dispenser and follow the directions above.