Marble

 

HAS YOUR MARBLE LOST ITS LUSTER?

 

Limestone and Marble are the same stone. They are characterized by winding, irregular holes in the surface, with the flats finished to varying degrees of smoothness and reflectivity. Shell Stone is another type of this same material with shells embedded.

 

Marble has undeniably become more and more popular in the past few years. With that popularity there have been corresponding problems. Some relate to installation, while others are an inferior grade of stone and there remains the ever present failure to use the proper stone cleaning process and product.

 

Marble Restoration:

 

The characteristic voids in Marble were caused by gases present when the rock was in the molten state. These voids appear as holes in the tiles and are either filled during the fixing process or at the Factory. Marble Polishing of Orlando’s restoration process may involve filling an entire floor or random tiles that have these voids. Unlike travertine where you are able to fill with either a form of grout aka TraverFill, with marble it is virtually almost always advisable to use epoxy resin filling. Our craftsmen also perform crack repairs, grout repairs, grout restoration for soiled grout all of which is done based on the level of restoration your particular surface requires and the finish you desire. Marble Polishing of Orlando uses the latest state-of-the-art equipment, diamond abrasives and other tools to restore your surfaces to like new again.

 

Marble Restoration Grinding:

 

Using the highest impact abrasives (lowest grits) this method is designed to remove a measurable amount of stone. Uneven tile edges (lippage) can be evened out using this method. Depending on the density of your stone and severity of lippage, our grinding process and state-of-the-art machinery is the most efficient available.

 

Marble Etching:

 

Travertine, Marble and Limestone are all subject to etching. Etches are damages that have occurred to the surface of the stone that create a dull spot. Mostly caused by spills containing any type of acid: Citrus, wine, alcohol, vinegar, pet accidents all contain acids. Acid eats calcium carbonate found in these stones and the result is an etch. The natural chemical reaction is almost immediate and can vary in severity depending on acid level, how long it sits, and the size. Penetrating sealers guard against the acid from eating through layers of the stone, thereby keeping the etch on top so it can be buffed out again during regular professional maintenance.

 

Marble Etching in Orlando FL
Example of Marble etching in Orlando, FL

 

Acidic and/or abrasive cleaning agents and methods will also cause etching. Stick to soft cleaning cloths with a neutral stone cleaner. (Abrasives and techniques will vary according to grade, density, porosity and installation of the stone. Travertine, Marble and Limestone have different characteristics, use different approaches, and provide varying results due to being a naturally occurring product).

 

Marble

Marble

 

HAS YOUR MARBLE LOST ITS LUSTER?

 

Limestone and Marble are the same stone. They are characterized by winding, irregular holes in the surface, with the flats finished to varying degrees of smoothness and reflectivity. Shell Stone is another type of this same material with shells embedded.

 

Marble has undeniably become more and more popular in the past few years. With that popularity there have been corresponding problems. Some relate to installation, while others are an inferior grade of stone and there remains the ever present failure to use the proper stone cleaning process and product.

 

Marble Restoration:

 

The characteristic voids in Marble were caused by gases present when the rock was in the molten state. These voids appear as holes in the tiles and are either filled during the fixing process or at the Factory. Marble Polishing of Orlando’s restoration process may involve filling an entire floor or random tiles that have these voids. Unlike travertine where you are able to fill with either a form of grout aka TraverFill, with marble it is virtually almost always advisable to use epoxy resin filling. Our craftsmen also perform crack repairs, grout repairs, grout restoration for soiled grout all of which is done based on the level of restoration your particular surface requires and the finish you desire. Marble Polishing of Orlando uses the latest state-of-the-art equipment, diamond abrasives and other tools to restore your surfaces to like new again.

 

Marble Restoration Grinding:

 

Using the highest impact abrasives (lowest grits) this method is designed to remove a measurable amount of stone. Uneven tile edges (lippage) can be evened out using this method. Depending on the density of your stone and severity of lippage, our grinding process and state-of-the-art machinery is the most efficient available.

 

Marble Etching:

 

Travertine, Marble and Limestone are all subject to etching. Etches are damages that have occurred to the surface of the stone that create a dull spot. Mostly caused by spills containing any type of acid: Citrus, wine, alcohol, vinegar, pet accidents all contain acids. Acid eats calcium carbonate found in these stones and the result is an etch. The natural chemical reaction is almost immediate and can vary in severity depending on acid level, how long it sits, and the size. Penetrating sealers guard against the acid from eating through layers of the stone, thereby keeping the etch on top so it can be buffed out again during regular professional maintenance.

 

Marble Etching in Orlando FL
Example of Marble etching in Orlando, FL

 

Acidic and/or abrasive cleaning agents and methods will also cause etching. Stick to soft cleaning cloths with a neutral stone cleaner. (Abrasives and techniques will vary according to grade, density, porosity and installation of the stone. Travertine, Marble and Limestone have different characteristics, use different approaches, and provide varying results due to being a naturally occurring product).

 

How Can You Maximize The Beauty and Elegance of Your Marble Surfaces?

Marble SpallingMarble is in high demand in the elegant and modern homes of Orlando. From floor and wall tiles to counter tops, fireplaces and stairways it is a beautiful statement in any setting. Marble will last a long time if its elegant beauty is properly maintained. Over time, dirt, stains, scratches and etch marks need to be addressed professionally. When your marble loses its glamorous lustre, it needs the expert touch from Marble Polishing of Orlando.

Marble cleaning is a complicated and detailed process. Before you allow a company to clean or perform any type of restorative process, make sure they are properly trained in the art of natural stone cleaning. Cleaning any natural stone tile surface using acidic solutions will cause damage. It will also cause it to lose its natural shine. We understand the unique needs of natural stone. Our company utilizes the industries best tools and products to revive and protect your marble surfaces.

What You Can Expect

Our technicians will perform a detailed inspection of all your “trouble areas” with you when they arrive to your home. This allows us to fully understand what end result you are looking to achieve. We will provide an in-depth explanation of our suggested treatment options. We want to make sure you understand exactly what we will be doing and we can deliver your expected results.

Upon completion of our thorough cleaning and restoration services, we will explain the maintenance and regular cleaning regimen you can perform yourself. This will help you to prolong the effects of a professional cleaning. We always recommend the use of a penetrating sealer to fully protect your marble. Especially in high foot traffic areas to protect against wear and tear, stains, dirt and anything else life can throw at it. By keeping up with your regular cleaning and maintenance, you will be able to avoid more frequent and costly professional cleaning. Maximizing the lifespan of the surfaces. Make your marble come to life! Give us a call today to see if we can help restore the beauty of your homes natural stone surfaces.

Methods That Keep Your Natural Stone Tile & Grout Easy To Clean

Polished Travertine Floor in Orlando, FLTravertine is one of the best types of natural stone design materials you can use when it comes to achieving a beautiful, authentic and inviting aesthetic to your home. However, there are certain steps you must take to ensure that your travertine tiles and travertine pavers maintain their appeal for years to come.

In particular, cleaning and sealing your travertine patio tiles will maximize your stone’s lifespan while keeping them beautiful and looking like new. Marble Polishing of Orlando’s cleaning and sealing system will enhance the appearance of your outdoor pavements and also prevent them from getting stained.

Why is it necessary to seal?

Until you consider the problems that can rear its ugly head from not doing this, like stained grout that’s virtually impossible to clean and mold and mildew within the grout and creeping under the tile. When compared to scrubbing your tile with a toothbrush like a Victorian charwoman, applying sealer doesn’t seem so hard, does it?

The reason you want to seal your travertine tile with a high quality impregnating sealer is so it will be more resistant to etching from acidic substances and increase the resilience of other damaging forces. For example, when installed on cement, the sealer actually keeps the water from getting into the stone and freezing therefore cracking the stone.

In addition, there two main parts of any tile floor are the tile & the grout. Since grout is naturally porous it does require a sealant to be applied to avoid staining. It is not uncommon to discover that a tile floor was not sealed by the installer because they did not want to wait for the grout to fully cure, which takes anywhere from 48 – 72 hours. To keep your floors looking their best, protect the tile and grout from stains and to make the grout easier to keep clean you will want to ensure an impregnating sealer is used. Sealants fight off staining and etch marks by filling the porous surfaces of the grout and tile and creating a barrier between it and anything trying to penetrate and stain your natural stone.

Outside travertine pavers are naturally durable and resistant to water, allowing them to remain impressive parts of your outdoor decor for many years. However, outdoor travertine pavers need extra protection when used near pool areas, especially salt water pools.

The reason for this is because travertine stones in general feature a surface that is naturally porous. This allows salt water to pool and become absorbed into the stone. Additionally, external sealants are effective at protecting travertine from weathering over the years. During the cold winter months, this procedure can also shield the travertine tile and grout from damage caused by ice repeatedly freezing and thawing.

Give us a call today to see how we can improve the look and feel of your natural stone surfaces.

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