Marble Restoration

Few types of flooring can match the benefits of marble. This natural stone is not only beautiful, It can be used in a wide variety of applications. However, after many years marble might need a restoration service to keep its beautiful appearance.

Procedures for Marble Restoration
Cleaning

It is important to know that marble is a limestone, although many people think it is granite. Actually, marble is much softer than granite, so it stains and wears down much easier as well. Not all natural stones are equal, and each one requires different cleaning procedures. Never use vinegar to clean marble as acidic substances etch and dull marble surfaces. Clean marble surfaces with a pH-neutral dish soap or clear ammonia diluted with water. You can use acetone on dark marble or hydrogen peroxide on light marble for those stubborn stains.

Repairing

If the damaged surface is marble tile, use a handheld oscillating tool with a grout removal blade to remove the grout and damaged piece of tile. Replace the tile with a new one. Repair cracks in marble surfaces with a marble repair compound from your local home improvement center or marble dealer. Leave large repairs or complete resurfacing up to the professionals.

Honing

Marble floors with high-traffic areas become dull when natural crystals within the stone erode from abrasion of dirt, sand and shoes. Honing is part repair and part polishing. Perform honing with abrasive stones or pads attached to a handheld oscillating tool. This process leaves a smooth finish but not shiny as with polishing.

Polishing

Polishing gives marble its luster and follows the cleaning, repairing and honing procedures. First, apply a marble stripper by following the directions on the bottle. Rinse the marble surface twice with clean water and allow it to dry completely. If you are doing the work yourself, rent a floor buffer for marble floors and apply the polish in 3-by-3-foot sections, using a side-to-side motion. For other marble surfaces, a small rotary buffer or car buffer will get the job done. Polishing typically requires three applications to achieve a high, even gloss.

Sealing

Because kitchen and bathroom countertops come in contact with acidic or greasy substances such as ketchup, lemons and cosmetics, sealing them is probably the best way to protect them. Apply stone sealants annually to close pores in the marble and shield the surface from damage.

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