Your firm has restored the lobby, steps and wainscot to a wonderful luster.

The diligence, punctuality, expertise and courtesy of you and your staff made this process one of uncompromised excellence. The next morning, we could see our reflections in the gleaming marble tile. The extra time you took to restore the marble foyer and seven floors above the lobby has brought back the luster and added to the market value of this historic building. The white marble in our club house is 73 years old and looked it before you started.

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Professional marble and limestone restoration services are a cost-effective way to achieve dramatically impressive results — marble and limestone that looks like it was just installed. Periodic maintenance services will ensure your marble and limestone stays looking great all the time. Your marble restoration needs depend on location and use — floors, walls, countertops, vanities or shower walls. So, you will get the personal touch and pricing of a smaller business, with the expertise and resources of a national organization. This call is free and no commitment is required, so call us today! However, like any valuable investment, marble needs to be cared for properly.

Over the past 20 plus years in the business, we have developed a unique process to clean marble, polish marble and restore marble, while preventing future damage. When you call us, we will either provide you with a quick estimate over the phone or schedule a personal consultation to evaluate your home, business or hotel restoration project. The misconception that since marble is a stone it does not need any maintenance is far from the truth. Your marble needs depend upon where it is used— floors, walls, countertops, vanities or shower walls.

With time, use, or improper maintenance, the elegance of marble and limestone will inevitably diminish. Make use of our full line of stone-safe products to maintain the beautifully restored appearance of your marble and limestone. Marble is generally a softer stone, some harder, some softer, that comes in an array of gorgeous colors with a variety of beautiful veining. Call us now at 647-801-8090 or complete the form on the right for expert advice and a free estimate of your marble or fine stone project! When you call us, we will either provide you with a quick estimate over the phone or schedule a personal consultation to evaluate your home, business or hotel restoration project. Marble is a stone that exudes warmth and elegance, as well as increases your beautiful home’s value. Additionally, we have pinpointed techniques to make marble floors lustrous yet slip resistant!

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This call is free and no commitment is required, so call us today! Our passion for what we do and a strong commitment to educate our customers on proper care and maintenance is evident in every single job we do. Marble is generally a softer stone and comes in many colors with different and beautiful veining.

The truth is that marble will scratch, etch and lose its shine and luster if not maintained properly.

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Restoring the bright shiny look requires the same prep and polish steps performed by the technicians that made your custom marble pieces and the good thing is you can do it yourself with only a few simple tools. There are a number of suppliers online or contact your local dealer. The process of cleaning the surface before you begin polishing is very important because polishing over contaminants will often force them deeper into the surface. For larger areas such as a full countertop or section of your floor you will definitely need an electric buffer. You should contact a stone dealer for small buffing pads and your rental center should provide pads for sale with larger buffers. The difference between a wax shine and a compound shine is that a compound removes all of the fine scratches on a surface until it is completely smooth.

It is the reverse of glass etching where smooth reflective glass has chemical or mechanical scratches placed in the surface to cause the light to not reflect back an results in a smokey or soft texture. If you want a highly polished surface you start with a rough compound and work to a very fine compound, removing more and more scratches. When purchasing your buffing compound you can choose from premade mixes or you can use a polishing powder that you buff with mineral water to cause a slurry.

If you have never performed this work before you should start with a medium grade compound to test the results. If you are using a powder you will wet the area with a mineral water then apply the compound powder. Once you have removed the damage move to a finer compound powder to restore the finish. Remember to step your grades and if you are working on a large area you should spot test a small section to understand how much work will be required.

If you have deep gouges, chips or other damage you may be able to obtain some colored epoxy to repair the area. This will turn even light surface contamination into permanent damage. This is useful for sink basins to restore shine after removing all soap scum. The smoother a surface is the more reflection it will cause.

On the other hand waxes fill scratches and shine enhancers simply reflect light. You should remember when choosing your compounds to provide the same level of work as the surrounding areas to match the finish. Personally for anyone not doing this for a living a premade compound is best because it will take much of the thought work out of the job. There is no need to go too aggressive and cause more damage. Compounding stone does take time and effort so don’t give up right away.

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That said, itÕs not always easy to determine the cause of a specific stain.

Since marble is porous and easily damaged by acids or abrasives, teasing out certain stains requires a bit of finesse. Be sure to wear rubber gloves to protect your skin when you’re working with these chemicals. One of the most effective techniques for drawing out persistent stains is to use a poultice made from a thick layer of an absorbent material, activated by the solvent that works best for that type of stain. The wet poultice allows the solvent to penetrate deeply into the stone.

For best results, the poultice should be at least g thick; the thicker the poultice, the more thoroughly the cleaning agent can work. While most of these materials are essentially inert (such as plain paper towels), some contain an active ingredient and should be used for specific types of stains. Wash the marble with mild detergent, then rinse and dry the surface. Particularly old or deep-seated stains may not respond to any cleaning method. If you still have dingy gray or yellow stains after a thorough cleaning, mix up a g-thick poultice of baking soda and water. As an alternative, try diluted liquid chlorine bleach applied directly to the stone. Try cleaning the stains with diluted or full-strength ammonia, or alternatively, apply a mix of one part hydrogen peroxide and four parts water. While you may be tempted to use commercial rust removers that contain oxalic acid, keep in mind that these can etch the surface of the marble. You may be able to restore some sheen by applying a polish formulated specifically for marble. Be sure to keep the surface wet as you work, flushing with water to remove particles.

Buff the wet-sanded surface with a moistened felt pad or buffing wheel and a buffing powder, such as tin or aluminum oxide. A little buffing should bring out the full luster of your cleaned and restored marble mantel.

If the mantel will come clean at all, each of these problem stains usually responds to a specific solvent that unlocks the stain within the stone. Plan to experiment with several different cleaning agents, particularly if your mantel appears to have multiple types of stains, as mine did. Organic stains may respond better to a mix of hydrogen peroxide and water. While you can also try a little diluted household bleach on persistent stains, bear in mind that bleach may etch the stone. As a rule, leave the poultice in place for at least 24 hours, under a layer of plastic wrap sealed with painterÕs tape.

As the poultice gradually dries out, the solvent migrates back into the absorbent material–drawing the stain with it.

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Almost any color-neutral absorbent material can be used in a poultice, from shredded toilet paper to commercial poultices formulated specifically for marble. Baking soda, for instance, is an effective alkaline cleaning agent when wet with water.

Once the poultice has done its work, remove it with a plastic or wooden scraper, preferably before it has thoroughly dried.

Seal the poultice with either plastic wrap or a layer of damp cloths and leave it in place at least 24 hours, or until almost dry. If there’s still a residue, use one of the above agents with the poultice method. To remove sticky substances such as gum or tar, try chilling the area with a piece of dry ice. If thereÕs still a residue, try rubbing the spot with acetone, or if necessary, use an acetone poultice. Tea, coffee, juices, and dyes transferred from paper and textiles can all leave troublesome stains on porous marble. If the stains persist, use either full-strength ammonia or 20% hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient in a thick poultice. Commercial poultices are often effective on many of these tough stains, although they won’t work in every instance. If the surface is still rough after polishing, try a combination of wet-sanding, buffing, and polishing techniques to restore the finish. Some darker marbles may require finishing with grades as high as 600-grit.

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Those dull “glass-rings” and “water spots” (dull etch marks) baffle many people. A majority of hold the notion that repair of dull spots on marble is achieved by applying some chemical, potion, or lotion when cleaning it. Because shiny/polished marble is very common, some people tend to assume that all marble ought to be polished and bright. And in spite of the fact that colors are more muted with a honed finish, many stone patterns and colors are more appealing with this type of finish.

Also, dirt and dust are much more visible on polished floors. They argue that it needs to be shiny, or polished with the chemical. While there are times when cleaning solutions can be used for polishing countertops, it utilizes a process like that is physical in nature such as wood-sanding to rekindle the shine. Restoring the finish by diamond impregnated pads with various grits of abrasion from course to successively finer grit to remove scratches, etch marks, and blotching areas and some stains. This process is necessary to remove the water etching marks and make the marble look consistent throughout. This corrosive reaction initiated by the chemicals will essentially destroy the clean surface layer that was achieved after polishing the marble using the methods described above.

And some of them tend to assume and hold incorrect ideas about how marble vanity restoration and marble cleaning is actually done in restoring shine.

Others believe that all etch marks are some kind of stain and that all marble ought to be shiny. It is not surprising the marble polishing topic is surrounded with confusion since there are several different meanings for the term “polish” in the stone industry.

Polished ‘marble’ is the high-gloss, bright type of polish with the deepest color saturation that is commonly used in granite and marble countertops. Only polished marble features the shiny, high-gloss surface. Most marble floors often have honed finishes because they are easier to repair and maintain. The shine on marble isn’t something that sits on the marble; it is a composition of the marble. All furnishings will be carefully protected before work starts. This protection is not permanent and may need to be reapplied every year. Therefore, it repairs damaged marble floors but isn’t sufficient to make that shine from pure marble to start with.

So, if you spill acidic pineapple juice or any of the many acidic drinks and foods on countertops and floors, it is no doubt going to be damaging their surfaces.

The destruction will end up revealing the dull marble beneath.

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What would be extremely rare is if her bathroom vanity top and sink were made out of one solid piece of natural marble. It’s man-made from synthetic materials to look like natural marble. If you choose to have a marble bathroom vanity top, we suggest installing an under mount sink basin instead of an over mount sink basin; because, it’s easier to refinish the marble vanity top if it gets damaged in the future.

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Focus your vision over the dull areas and try to see the outline of the light bulb to determine the depth of the etching. Also, remember to stop the machine every twenty seconds and clean the sanding disc with a wet sponge and check the sanding discs’ surface with your fingertips. For areas that are completely dull and scratched, start the honing process (sanding) with 150 grit, and continue as specified in the aforementioned text. It is necessary to polish two and sometimes three times to achieve a brand new, highly polished look. The uric acid etches the marble to a dull appearance, and in many cases the texture of the marble surface will change from smooth to rough. Remember to overlap your work area by a half inch, each time you change a sanding disc grit.

Also be sure check the surface of the sanding discs with your fingertips, for the discs work optimally when you can feel the abrasiveness on the disc. If the duct tape leaves an adhesive residue on the marble surface, this residue is easily removed. Granite is a much harder and less porous stone as compared to marble; granite does not require as much (tlc) maintenance as marble, because granite is so much more resistant to alkaline and acidic encounters than marble. There are many myths and old wives’ tales about cleaning and maintaining marble. A very common problem, which is extremely damaging when used on marble, is the use of tile and grout cleaners.

Tile and grout cleaners can be alkaline but the majority of tile and grout cleaners are acidic and are more corrosive in attacking the marble surface. Be aware of trades people working near and around areas containing marble, many times these trades people are not cognizant of the damage their tools and materials can do to marble if they don’t spend time prepping and protecting their work area. Typically, when marble is damaged (lost its shine and some color) we usually say the marble surface is etched. The surface of marble when etched, develops microscopic to tiny craters (holes) and to a lesser extent, the marble surface can develop slight fractures; also, etched marble yields color loss in varying degrees (due to the depth of damage). Be aware, that not all marble species display a 100% high gloss, mirror finish; the mineral makeup of the stone is the determining factor.

Since we understand that scratched or etched marble have surface openings which don’t reflect light or images, it is necessary to close these openings in the marble surface, and once closed, the marble surface can be polished to a high gloss finish. Once the honing or sanding process is completed, the openings are eliminated and the marble has a new surface; the next step, is a polishing process. It usually takes two and sometimes three polishing attempts to restore the marble surface to its original gloss and color. In conclusion, for those of you who have damaged marble, not to worry. We’ll have an article on marble, granite, and grout sealers in the very near future. Have area rugs near entrance doors, near bathroom sinks, shower/tub and toilets, near kitchen sinks and the food prep area. We welcome responses to our articles and will try to answer comments and questions in a timely fashion.

What is more likely, is this one piece bathroom vanity top with sink is not natural marble. Sometimes a poultice can be used to draw out the staining and the discoloration will be reduced to varying degrees based upon the initial depth of the staining. You simply need the right tools and products, along with some basic education on how to refinish a marble surface. Remember to overlap your work area by a half inch each time you change-out a sanding disc grit.

The marble refinishing process works best when you feel the abrasiveness of the disc. For estimating purposes: one sanding disc should hone up to seven square feet of marble.

Additionally, sometimes the color of the marble surface appears to contain a yellow tinge. Remember to stop the buffer machine every twenty seconds and clean the discs with a wet sponge. For damaged marble that is completely dull and its surface texture is rough when touching the marble with finger tips, start the honing process (sanding) with 150 grit, and continue as specified in the aforementioned text. When finished, rinse the new marble surface several times with clean water; then, remove the plastic sheeting and duct tape. Use a paper towel and a small amount of lacquer thinner, or acetone (also contained in nail polish remover). Marble is calcium carbonate and for the most part is a very soft and porous stone as compared to granite whose mineral makeup is mostly quartz and silicon dioxide.

We’ll have a much more involved discussion about granite in the near future. Tile and grout cleaners are formulated to clean ceramic and porcelain tiles and the grout between them.

There are so many over the counter kitchen and bathroom cleaners, glass and solid surface cleaners; and many of these cleaners list marble as one of the surfaces they can be used on. Some popular marble cleaning misconceptions we hear all the time are: what marble cleaner can be used to make the marble look new again or what marble cleaner will bring back that high gloss look the marble had on day one; what marble cleaner will remove the dull spots, the glass rings, the water spots; what marble cleaner will restore the original color the marble had on day one? Understanding the cause and effect nuances of damaged marble facilitates the formulation of corrective measures (using what products and techniques) to restore, protect, and maintain marble to its day one appearance and condition. New marble, having a high gloss (factory finish) inherently has the ability to reflect light and clear images (mirror finish). Evaluating to what extent the marble surface is damaged helps in determining what corrective course of action to implement when restoring marble. Polishing marble will restore its gloss and color and using the correct marble polishing compound and polishing pad is critical because not all marble polishing compounds and pads are manufactured the same way. For those of you who have marble that is newly installed, marble in excellent condition, or contemplating purchasing marble, proper maintenance is crucial: using a bona fide neutral cleaner and sealer is most important.


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