Marble restoration is something that you need to familiarize yourself with. If you want to maintain the beauty of your marble surface, this is one of the things that you need to learn.
Restoring your marble surface should be done by a professional. At least, the annual restoration should be left in the hands of the experts. If you do not understand how it is done, you might end up damaging or scratching your marble stone.
Here are the frequently asked questions about marble restoration.
How often should marble surfaces be serviced?
It really depends on where the marble surface is located and how exposed it is to foot traffic or counter activities. Generally, an annual service should be scheduled for the maintenance and restoration requirements of the marble. This will minimize the cost of having a full restoration because of neglect.
Is it possible to prevent staining and etching of the marble surface after sealing?
Sealing, especially when penetrating sealers are used, can prevent stains and etch on marble surfaces. However, this will not last forever. This is why sealing should be done regularly. As long as the marble surface will not come into contact with acidic liquids, etching and dulling of the finish will be minimized.
Will diamond grinding and sanding produce dust while restoring marble?
Dust, while it cannot be avoided, can be minimized. There is a wet process that will minimize the dust during the cleaning, honing, and polishing process. When done by a professional, we usually mask adjacent surfaces to avoid splashing. You can expect that even the area around it will be cleaned and detailed before the end of the restoration process.
Is it possible to get a quote for a “per square foot” rate over the phone?
If you want an accurate quote, then the answer to this is no. There are stones that require more work than others. The professional needs to see where the marble surface is located and inspect it thoroughly to know what needs to be done for it to be restored properly. Some marble surfaces may only need to be cleaned and sealed while others may require sanding or diamond grinding. The exact service that will be done can affect the overall cost.
How long should a newly restored marble surface be left untouched?
Usually, a sealer will dry within an hour after it is applied. But the longer you leave it untouched, especially by water, the longer the sealed marble will last. That being said, it is a good idea to let it dry for as long as possible to maximize the effects of the sealer.
Is it less expensive to crystallize than to apply abrasive polish?
Yes it is. Crystallization is an easier and quicker way of getting a high gloss finish on the marble surface. It requires fewer steps to complete compared to abrasive honing and polishing. There is no need to do the scratch removal steps to get a shiny finish. This will not only save money but time as well.
Is it okay to simply rent a floor machine and do a DIY marble restoration?
While there are rental places where you can get a machine, it is not really advisable. If you do not know how to operate these machines and you do not have a deep understanding of what a marble surface needs, you might do more harm than good. It is best to leave this task to those who know how to do it properly.