A Few Tips on Tumbled Stone

The term “tumbled” has been on the tips of the tongues of design professionals and homeowners alike for quite some time. Go into any stone and tile showroom and you will find at least a few examples and perhaps a vast array of vignettes to look at. So here are a few tips on tumbled stone.

Let’s start with the appearance of tumbled stone. This type of material will generally look to be somewhat “worn”. It can also be called “soft” and “rustic” in the visual that it presents. Many potential clients will see a tumbled stone as appearing to be “reclaimed”.

Interestingly enough, the process used to produce this product is quite often as simple as it sounds. In other words, the smaller stone pieces such as 4”x4” are actually tumbled inside large drums. Clearly, this could be a problem with bigger pieces such as 12”x12” and larger since the breakage might be extraordinary. Therefore, larger pieces are chipped and worked by special machines to achieve the tumbled condition.

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Almost any stone can be tumbled. Depending on who you speak with, softer marbles and travertines may make themselves easier to work with than harder more dense material such as granite. But, once again, opinions can differ here. Nevertheless, as a rule of thumb your selection range will be large.

The way this item is produced bears on its character. The terms “chalky”, “dusty” and “dirty” may all apply initially. But not to worry. If you want that to be a permanent condition fine. If not, it is easy enough to to use light sealers and minimal maintenance plans to make for a cleaner and more delicate presentation.

So there you have a few tips on tumbled stone for your consideration. StoneTileDepot has a fine selection and we want to help you, so please contact us here and thanks very much for reading!