Marble is not only a beautiful natural stone that adds a distinctive aspect to any building with its rich palette of stunning colours, it is also one of the oldest architectural materials used in buildings that have far outlived all the ancient cultures that built them.
Marble is mostly chosen for its durability but also for its low maintenance and health benefits. The smooth surface of marble prevents minute particles and harmful organisms that can cause health problems from breeding and thriving.
If you have chosen marble for your home or office you have made a wise choice, however, even marble can get scratched and become dull over time. Have your marble surfaces lost the natural lustre of its original finish?
Our team of natural stone restoration experts can help restore the natural beauty and glow of any marble surface with specialised treatment methods designed to treat damage or deterioration.
If your marble is showing signs of fading, dullness, wear marks, stains, chips, or general grime, here are some tips to help fix and revitalise it.
While marble is a long-lasting natural stone that is heat and waterproof, you need to be aware that it is a porous stone that can stain and scratch easily. Scratched and broken tiles will appear dirty no matter how clean they are.
Although specialised marble polishing techniques will get rid of most small scratches, however, large gouges and chips are more difficult and may sometimes be impossible to repair.
Following is 4 methods of restoration that will help restore the glossy and reflective qualities of polished marble:
Grinding, also known as flattening or lippage removal, is generally one of the most powerful and effective ways to remove deep stains and scratches. The basic grinding method flattens the surface of the tiled area by removing roughness and ledges that may be present.
Even newly installed marble surfaces may have tiles that are either higher or lower than the overall level of the floor. Grinding is also an effective way to get rid of deep scratches and surface stains.
Grinding is usually followed up with an industrial strength honing technique to restore shine to the surface of the marble. It is also effective at removing any remaining scratches and stains after grinding and helps to give the surface a more uniform appearance. The honing method helps to regain that spectacular smooth and glossy look that marble is known for.
Marble can be polished to a high gloss or semi-gloss shine. This method of polishing utilises industrial diamond techniques in graded limits to make the marble look shiny and like its in good condition.
The buffing or crystallisation technique is the last step and is used to bring out that mirror-like shine and beauty of marble surfaces. The effect is due to a chemical reaction that takes place on the surface of the marble.
In addition, a fine micro-film is created on the surface that is very solid and durable, thereby restoring and preserving the natural colour and brightness of the marble. Crystallisation or buffing is an effective method to use for regular marble maintenance.
Marble surfaces need regular cleaning and maintenance to prevent stains and scratches from impacting its glorious shine. It is important to mop up spills and messes immediately and avoid leaving water on the surface for an extended period of time as this can also stain the marble.
Attend to any damage like scratches, chips, or stains as soon as possible and make sure that polished marble is re-finished on a regular basis. The stunning finish of newly-installed marble can quickly fade, giving your surfaces a dull and grimy appearance. In order to retain its beautiful shine, marble surfaces need to be polished and resealed regularly.
Whether you simply need to clean or repair damage caused through normal wear and tear, or you are looking to restore the entire look of your marble surfaces, our highly experienced natural stone care experts can provide you with the professional restoration services required to keep your marble surfaces looking great.
By getting professional help, you can save yourself the hassle and get the best results, every time.
That’s why you can rely on SLIQUE for your marble cleaning needs. We are Sydney’s number one authority in all things marble.
For all your marble floor cleaning and polishing needs in Sydney, please call SLIQUE today on 02 9648 0395, or you can leave an inquiry.