Marble restoration basically involves removal of scratches, dull spots, and other blemishes from the surface of the marble by abrasive process. This technique is often known as stone grinding.
The marble surface has a natural shine, and therefore, does not need a topical layer of wax to reach the preferred finish.
Marble just needs a succession of diamond pads in the correct order by a skilled worker who has sufficient experience in this operation. This is followed by a delicate polishing procedure, which could be achieved only with good practice.
Marble restoration of a matte (honed) finish involves using a succession of diamond pads till the time the preferred finish appears. All professional marble restoration experts ensure every step to protect the nearby walls and furniture from splashes and dents.
For instance, the diamond grinding method makes use of good quality water. However, it may damage a wood floor or floor covering just next to the marble if the technique is not performed correctly.
Tips for Cleaning Marble
Taking Care of it Right Away
The first step in maintaining and cleaning your marble floors is “wipe it up immediately”. This is as important with marble floors as salt dissolves and pits marble and acids will etch marble. Any liguids or solids which contain salt or acids are your marble flooring’s worst enemy.
So if you spill it, wipe it up immediately with warm water, followed by drying the surface with a soft cloth. To further protect your marble flooring, it is recommended that you use small carpet rugs at any entrance and around sinks as these rugs will also assist in trapping soil, dirt, water or any ice-melting salts brought into your home.
Maintaining the Beauty
To maintain the beauty of your marble floors, weekly maintenance should include cleaning with a damp mop and then drying the surface with a soft cloth or chamois.
Drying the surface will bring back its natural shine. It will also avoid any water stains. This is very common on marble floors. Always dry your marble floors with a soft cloth. Use a neutral, non-abrasive cleaner to ensure all spots or stains are removed once per month. Never use vinegar to clean marble flooring as it will destroy the finish.
It is very important to dry your marble floors after each cleaning with a soft or chamois cloth. To further enhance the beauty of your marble floors you will want to polish or wax them. Using a wax designed for no wax floors is recommended. There are also products which are safe for marble flooring, designed to mop and shine in one step, saving the home owner valuable time.
To Seal or Not to Seal
Unlike most stone flooring, professionals do not recommend sealing a marble floor. This will take away from its natural finish. The sealer can become dulled and scratch and will have to be professionally stipped. It is also recommended that for any set in stains, chips, or pits, to have a professional to handle these problems.
Your marble floors are one of the softest stone floors available. Your marble flooring also probably came with a huge price tag. The weekly care and maintenance is most important step in maintaining the natural beauty of your marble floor. The beauty of marble being the reason for your purchase in the first place can be easily maintained.