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Marble Floor Care Basics
By: Kevin Ressler

What is Marble Polishing?

There are some common misconceptions surrounding both the polishing process itself, and exactly where the shine or polish on marble comes from. While it's logical to assume that the polish comes from a chemical or liquid, it's actually an inherent part of the marble itself, rather than a coating that sits on the surface.

Professional marble polishing involves a process called diamond polishing, where a series of diamond pads in varying grit, are in turn affixed to a floor polishing machine (the number of pads used depends on the type of marble and the degree of wear).

The polishing process exposes a new stone surface, and once that is achieved, the desired finish can be created. After the polishing is complete, the surface is rinsed and dried, and a penetrating sealer is applied to protect the marble from stains and scratches, and to ease the cleaning process.

What Type of Finish Are You Looking For?

The two main types of marble finishes are:

    Polished - This high gloss, shiny finish is common on countertops and walls, and exposes the deepest saturation of colors from within the stone; it will also show stains and scratches more easily than a honed surface.

    Honed - A satiny smooth, matte finish is a non-reflective alternative, where the colors of the marble are more subdued; this is a common finish on floors, as it is less slippery than a highly polished stone. There are many different degrees of honing to choose from, ranging between rough and high, where a high hone is the closest thing to a polished finish.

Tips For Choosing a Professional Marble Restoration Company

Who you hire for marble polishing, will determine your level of satisfaction with the work performed, and have a direct impact on the integrity and lifespan of your marble. Be sure you get the right answers to the following questions:

    How long have you been in the marble restoration business? Hire a company that specializes in marble polishing and restoration, with many years of service and experience.

    Do you have at least three recent, local references? Obtain, and then call each one, asking a few questions of each with regards to the work they had done and whether or not they would hire the same company again.

    What types of products do you use? The answer to this question will speak volumes with regards to their knowledge base.

Protect Your Marble Surfaces From Further Damage

    Maintain a seal. A sealant protects your marble from acidic liquids and soil, allowing you time to wipe up spills before they take hold. Reapply the sealant every 6 to 12 months as needed.

    Clean smarter, not harder. Use products developed by industry experts, for use on marble surfaces. Maintain a consistent cleaning routine, taking care of dirt and stains as they happen.

    Take precautions. Use a cutting board, trivets, coasters, floor mats or other protective materials to avoid direct contact between your marble, and harmful substances or materials.

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