Marble Restoration

Why spend a lot of money replacing worn, scratched, neglected or just plain dull marble floors, walls, vanity tops, kitchen countertops etc. Let Mr Granite restore your marble to its original beauty, as it is cheaper to restore than to replace.

Restoration Methods and Polishing

Marble restoration is the process of repair, grinding, honing, polishing and lastly crystallization and sealing of the marble.

Marble and natural stone restoration is a highly skilled job as stone can be ruined very easily by an inexperienced tradesmen.

Sanding with diamond abrasives is the most durable polishing method and is also the best choice for marble restoration. This method involves grinding the marble down with commercial grade diamond abrasive pads. Successively finer pads are used to bringing out a mirror like shine.

Restoring marble with polishing powders can also give very effective results. In this method polishing powder is applied with a buffing machine to bring out a mirror like shine. This is a good regular maintenance choice.

Over time the marble in high traffic areas may become too worn down to polish to a deep shine. When this happens the area should be restored with diamond abrasives to bring back the original clarity and depth.

No matter which method is used, polishing should be done regularly. Once the marble becomes dull restoring it can take three to four times longer. Your polishing schedule will be determined by how well the stone is maintained on a daily basis and the traffic on the floor.

Sealing

Once the marble is restored and polished it must be sealed. Untreated stone can stain very easily. Treating these stains can be expensive and sometimes not even possible. To eliminate or reduce the possibility of staining it is essential that the marble be properly protected with a good quality sealer.

The sealant penetrates the marble and helps to repel water, dye, dirt, and other substances from causing a stain. Sealing the marble is important but if enough of a substance is left long enough it will penetrate even if the stone has been treated. Generally most liquids will evaporate before they would penetrate properly restored and sealed marble.

Maintenance

To limit the possibility of staining, cleaning up spilled liquid quickly is imperative.

Cleaning the marble daily with a damp cloth or mop is recommended. The loss of polish on stone floors is mostly caused by dust, dirt, sand and other fine particles scratching the surface from foot traffic. Removing the dust and dirt from the marble will help keep this scratching to a minimum. The less scratching that occurs, the less frequent restoration or polishing of the marble will be needed. A good quality cotton mop works best, light damp mopping is all that is needed.