Marble Restoration includes the following processes…
Grinding: Grinding is a process where unevenly laid floors (lippage) can be evened out to create a more aesthetically pleasing visual experience. It involves the use of coarse diamond segments used with a weighted floor machine to remove large amounts of stone or “stock”. The resultant floor takes on a monolithic appearance. It can also be used on a small section of floor to remove deep scratches.
Scratch Removal: This is similar to grinding but using finer diamonds determined by the depth of the scratches. Whilst not being aggressive enough to remove lippage it can somewhat soften the edges of the tiles.
Polishing: A marble floor can be polished all the way up to high gloss using diamond discs but the most common (and most cost effective) method is to bring the floor up to a deep hone using diamond discs and then switching to an abrasive powder or compound which will create the desired polished finish. This will leave the floor with a very durable, hardened surface.
Honing: This is where the floor is diamond sanded or smoothed out. It will remove traffic scratches and blemishes such as acid etching and leave the floor with a consistent low sheen appearance. It is a popular finish with families with young children as there is less maintenance required than that of a highly polished floor.
Marble Cleaning: We also provide an intensive cleaning service for marble, slate and terracotta floors that have become grimy and dirty over the years.
Marble Sealing: We use only water based penetrating sealers as we believe that any other type of sealer can compromise the structure of the stone. Penetrating sealers soak into the marble forming a barrier just below the surface. This barrier stops liquid from entering the tile, thus preventing staining, while allowing moisture vapours to exit. This is very important as other surface sealers and waxes block the pores of the stone preventing it from breathing. This can lead to various problems such as spalling and efflorescence. We seal each floor that we work on as part of our service.
Stain Removal: Sealers will only act as window of opportunity to remove staining substances from your floor. Without sealer the pores in your floor are not closed and so leave the marble vulnerable to staining from spillages. Correctly applied sealers will stop liquids from penetrating the stone for a limited period of time but most spillages will eventually break down the sealer. How quickly this happens depends on the acid content of the spillage – the higher the acid, the quicker it will break down the sealer. The general rule is to blot up spillages as soon as possible. Do not expect red wine spilt at night but not cleaned up till morning not to stain your floor.
We supply a full range of stain removing poultices which are relatively simple to use and quite effective. The first thing to do is to identify the cause of the stain and we will supply you with the correct poultice and other related products to repair the problem.