Different Types of Stone on Yachts

There are many different types of stone that can be used onboard superyachts and luxury yachts to enhance each yacht’s luxurious style and feeling of grandeur. There are generally two different categories that stone is put into based on their composition. They are Siliceous stone and Calcareous stone. The type of stone and where it is located are important factors to consider when cleaning and restoring your stone to its former glory.

A siliceous stone is composed mainly of silica or quartz-like particles. This type of stone is known to be tougher than calcareous stone. This tough stone is more resilient to most etching and staining, which is beneficial if your stone is located in a high traffic area of the yacht. Siliceous stone is considered very durable and relatively easy to clean. Unlike a calcareous stone, it is safe to use “mild” acidic cleaning solutions on an occasional and infrequent basis as it can handle a more thorough clean.
Common types of Siliceous stone include:

  • Granite
  • Slate
  • Sandstone
  • Quartzite
  • Brownstone
  • Bluestone

Calcareous stone is a softer stone than siliceous and requires more care when cleaning or restoring it.
Common types of calcareous stone include:

  • Marble
  • Travertine
  • Limestone
  • Onyx

Composed mainly of calcium carbonate, this type of stone is very sensitive to cleaning solutions that contain acidic or alkaline value. Additionally, calcareous stone tends to be a bit easier to scuff, stain, and scratch, so it is important that you identify which type of stone you have before applying harsh chemicals to the stone’s surface as you don’t want to do permanent damage on your precious marble!

When you work with Prestige Stone Care, you can be sure you have found trustworthy, experienced professionals who can identify your marble properly, diagnose the proper “treatment” and execute the marble cleaning and restoration you need to enhance and protect your luxury yacht. Contact our marble cleaning, polishing, and restoration experts to service your yacht today!