Reasons: – incorrect chemistry for regular daily cleaning; – mechanical “trowelling” of marble.

Solutions: – with slight dullness – crystallization; – with strong dullness and etchings – fine polishing and crystallization.

Dark Emperador Worn Tiles Dull Bathroom Floor. ABC Stone Inc. by marblerestoration.us

Marble floors in bathrooms are constantly exposed to household chemicals, are used in high humidity condition and temperature changes.


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They help fill up the pores and cracks and leave a film that protects the stone surface from stains, dirt, grease, dust and water.

All this is gradually absorbed into the surface layer through micro-pores and veins. In particular, we are talking about polishing, for which special polishing pastes and sealers are used. You’ll get a response within a few minutes or hours and usually not longer than 24 hours.

Marble Polishing Tooting London SW17 by abbeyfloorcare.co.uk

In this situation, our customer had a few marble restoration issues to solve. You can see how the marble is dull and in need of cleaning and polishing. This image demonstrates the problems that can happen with uneven marble tiles or lippage.

This means that where a tile is say 2mm high in one plane, it is also 2mm at the other end – the difference of 4mm needs to be ground away. Do not grind, but rely on aggressive honing to remove scratches and light lippage up to around 1mm and smooth the edges of deeper lippage and then re-polish. This kind of honing disk contains the diamonds within the resin and new diamonds are gradually exposed as the resin wears. The image above demonstrates how the edges of the 4 tiles are too low for even a flexible honing pad. If these areas were not powder honed they would show up because they the finish was created by a different process. We then applied two coats of penetrating impregnating sealer to help protect the finish from spots and spills.

The arrows show that 4 adjoining tiles are all sloping in different directions. If an adjoining tile slopes 1mm lower than the adjoining tile, then 5mm has to be ground away to make a floor smooth. Machine grind the floor and hand grind the edges to remove all lippage and create a monolithic floor, then hone and polish. In this situation, the client decided against grinding as there were a number of small rooms and the amount of edge grinding brought the cost outside of the client’s budget. As the floor was not initially ground smooth, there were some areas of “picture framing” where the edges of some tiles were too low to be honed.



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So we used an 800 grit honing powder with a rotating brush head to create an even finish. The floor was then honed twice more with 1, 500 grit and 3, 000 grit resin bond diamond disks. Once the floor had been powder polished it has a beautiful deep gloss finish.

My desire to do a fantastic job is mirrored by a desire to get paid on time.

Bringing The Shine Back To A Dull Marble Floor by abbeyfloocare.wordpress.com

In this situation, our customer had a few particular issues to solve. As the floor was not initially ground smooth, there were some areas of “picture framing” where the edges of some tiles were too low to be honed. So we used an 800 grit honing powder with a rotating brush head to create an even finish. The floor was then honed twice more with 1, 500 grit and 3, 000 grit resin bond diamond disks. Once the floor had been powder polished it has a beautiful deep gloss finish.

In this situation the client decided against grinding as there were a number of small rooms and the amount of edge grinding brought the cost outside of the client’s budget. Te image above demonstrates how the edges of the 4 tiles are too low for even a flexible honing pad.

If these areas were not powder honed they would show up because they the finish was created by a different process. The customer called us because her kitchen/dining floors were dull and dirty.

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Allowing any remaining dust to settle, and vacuum the floor thoroughly to remove all loose dirt and debris.

Pour a cup of vinegar into a bucket and add sufficient warm water to form a gallon of slightly acidic cleaning solution. Work it over the tiles and along the grout lines, ensuring that all parts of the floor are treated. Rinse well with fresh water, and dry the floor with an old towel to remove any remaining dirt and residue. Start at the farthest corner of the room, and spread a thin layer of sealer over the tiles using a lint-free cloth or floor mop. Avoid leaving pools of sealant in depressed areas of tiling or along grout lines. When finished, leave the floor to thoroughly dry for four to six hours before replacing furniture or allowing people to walk on it. That way you can leave the room without walking on the area you have just cleaned or sealed.

Tell all the other people in the house that the floor is wet; you don’t want footprints embedded in an otherwise glossy floor. Excessively glossy floors may become very slippery and pose a health and safety risk.

Light reflected off the floor can also help to illuminate the room, giving it a sunnier and warmer atmosphere. If the room is dusty, consider opening the windows to allow fresh air into the room while you dust the surfaces. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar as this may scratch or dull the tiles. Apply the cleaning fluid to the tiles, using a soft cloth or a non-scratch pad.

Work steadily across the room, overlapping the previously coated areas as you progress.

The time varies according to manufacturer’s instructions and ambient temperature, but one to two hours is normally sufficient. Four or more layers may be needed to produce a strong, glossy and protective layer. Sometimes a floor requires several applications of polish to achieve the level of gloss you require. By overlapping the sealant as you apply it you ensure that no areas are missed.

Check the packaging and, if necessary, ensure that there is sufficient ventilation in the room before starting work. Maintaining a high-gloss floor is an ongoing job; regular maintenance is required.

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It’s always cool to find an awesome product and know that there’s a caring family behind it. It doesn’t take much to get floors dirty, scratched up or dull looking. This method literally takes seconds and produces excellent results. I will cover up the water damage with a piece of furniture and enjoy my beautifully “restored” floor. It makes your floor shine but it is not dulling like a wax and it does not have to be buffed. I would love the shiny but my husband would absolutely hate slipping in his wool socks. I was sold when my mother in law used it on her worn out hardwood floors and quikshine brought them back to life. Just make sure you test it first to make sure it doesn’t damage what you’re trying to shine/restore.

They are very old and did not have a good shiny surface to start with. Also 2) so this is a treatment to use every few months but it won’t wash off during regular moppings in between? You cannot refinish the wood floor until you get all the self shine products off or the polyurethane will not stick.

I love getting the opportunity to get to know the people behind the products. It shouldn’t take long to get them clean and looking awesome either and it doesn’t. I wonder if they are cleaning the floors before using this? It may be better to just use it and then do normal cleaning and after it wears off reapply.

I don’t know if you will get the same level of shine with the polish.



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Perhaps my floors were in worse shape than yours, because your look great! Will there little paw prints leave marks after using this product?

Would love to try it but worry it will turn white or leave streaks like bona does.

You can also use it on wood furniture, laminate counter tops, painted trim, etc. I used it on my faux granite laminate counter tops before we moved, and everyone thought they were real granite because they were so shiny. I would suggest trying it out on an section and seeing what you think. Is there anything we can use to strip, clean and polish the floors. It’s a water based product with no harsh chemicals so it would be worth a try in my opinion. I have been slowly scrubbing all the floors for the past several months as sanding is not an option for me.

Seal Marble Limestone by aldonchem.com

It is extremely low in absorption and is susceptible to acidic liquid damage. Used extensively in high end floor, shower and bath applications, but can create dissatisfaction due to entirely preventable dulling of the shine over time. You cannot tell by look or feel which is limestone and which is marble. The cleaning and sealing characteristics are the same under either name.

The products you need are listed in the sequence that you would use them. There is no fizzing on the sealed half because the acid cannot contact the stone through the sealer. It is usually desirable to not have an observable change to the factory polished finish. This criteria dictates the use of a sealer that can create a thin and invisible coating that will repel oil and water type liquids.


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Nevertheless, you will be able to see the differences well enough to make good choices. This discussion applies only to the petroleum solvent based sealers. They all work as described, so it is only a matter of which is best for your needs. The more porous the surface, generally the greater the need for the sealer to create a stronger surface. Sometimes it is uneven below the surface and can create an uneven coloring effect with a color enhancing sealer applied later. Sellers use fancy marketing names that can be misleading about the true nature of a surfacing.

Apply a sufficient quantity to insure below surface penetration & bonding. If a contractor does not agree, feel free to let us find out what is so unusual about this particular project so the contractor does not have to return.

It is most familiar with a highly polished mirror-like finish.

When you look at the pictures above, you see part of the confusion about these materials. Actually, they are the same stone called by different names by the sellers. When you compare polished marble and limestone to polished granite, it is often difficult to tell which is which. Be sure to test on the underside as acid will etch marble and limestone faces. Pictures of each of the recommended sealers for this surface type. A sealer applied with an applicator tool (brush, roller) usually leaves streaks on this kind of surface. Yellow arrow shows water drop maintaining a high bead on the sealed side.

It is usually desirable to not have an observable change to the factory polished finish.

Also, you can test for (and protect against) acidic liquid sensitivity. Your results may vary somewhat from these pictures due to variations in computer display and the surface materials themselves. That, plus different surfaces have different requirements, is why we make the different solids levels. An old sealer below the surface, even after stripping, will lower the absorption and porosity to some degree.



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After simple testing, it proved to be a limestone which is treated very differently than granite. The iron oxide pigments used in concrete products, and the colored clays in clay products, do not fade. Or, for the solvent based penetrating sealers, test spraying lacquer thinner as an alternative to slightly melt and reform the surface and not build too much gloss or create sealer “layering”.

Why Is My Light Colored Marble Yellowing? by marblerestorationco.com

First, many white marbles contain iron that oxidizes over time causing the yellow appearance. Most yellowing, however, is caused by dirt that is ground into the stone or by wax type coatings that turn yellow. White marble tiles can last for years without yellowing, then over time may slowly turn yellow.

If you expose a brand new nail to water and air, it will turn brown and rust. The process is difficult to reverse and replacement of the tile may be necessary. If improper cleaners are used, this dirt begins to accumulate in the pores of the stone and will turn yellow. It may be necessary to repeat this procedure several times to remove all the embedded dirt. Some of these coatings are of poor quality and the coatings themselves will begin to yellow.

As the coating builds up, it becomes soft and dirt is easily embedded in the soft layer. To remove yellowing due to a wax or coating buildup, the marble will need to be stripped with a wax stripper. Another possibility is a process sometimes used for polishing marble floors known as crystallization. If the marble tile has been crystallized, it will be necessary to remove the crystallized layer with a powder polish containing oxalic acid. Marble yellowing is a common problem in light-colored marble, but it is frequently able to be fixed.

The tendency of a light-colored stone to yellow can be caused by several reasons.

This type can usually be remedied by stripping or deep cleaning with a suitable alkaline cleaner or wax stripper. If iron is present, it will begin to oxidize when exposed to water or other oxidizers such as acids and household bleach. We suggest contacting a professional to take care of this stain removal process because you need to be sure the staining is from iron before attempting removal, and the stone will require additional restoration work to bring back its natural luster once the stain removal process is complete. The wearing of this polish causes the surface to become rough and become a magnet for dirt. If you suspect yellowing due to improper maintenance, the marble tile will have to be cleaned with an alkaline marble cleaner. It is common for a coating to be applied in multiple coats. These coatings require frequent stripping which is often neglected. These strippers often require the use of abrasive pads which can scratch and damage the marble surface, so we suggest contacting a stone care expert for assistance. If this process is applied to a white marble floor that contains moisture, it will turn the marble yellow. It is strongly suggested that the polishing and honing procedure be performed by trained individuals.

New installations should be sealed with a quality penetrating sealer, which will help prevent oxidation of the iron by eliminating moisture.

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