Beauty and utility, two characteristics that has made marble a treasure for centuries. The bright, glistening finish of a newly installed marble reflects the light, making the room look elegant. Although durable, it is very porous and stains easily; regular care is necessary. Polishing marble can be done easily with supplies readily available at home.
Marble Floor Polishing By Hand
Conventional cleaners are usually too abrasive for delicate marble and should be typically avoided. The methods of polishing marble floors differ depending on the kind of marble. Here are some simple steps for natural and cultured marble.
- For natural marble, remove stain by using a damp sponge and mild soap. Rub the stain gently then rinse thoroughly. For stubborn stains, use a poultice. For cultured marble, use a nylon bristled brush to scrub surface stain with a non-abrasive household cleaner.
- To polish the natural marble surface, apply baking soda, 3 tablespoons mixed with 1 quart of water using a clean cloth then wait for 5 hours to dry. For cultured marble, use a compound made specifically for polishing cultured marble or a wax made for cars.
- When natural marble is dry, you need to gently buff it with another clean cloth. Adding a sealant is optional.Cultured marble dries easily and needs no further care.
Polishing marble by hand is effective only when the stain is removed promptly or when the tiles are relatively new. Constant wear and tear dulls the marble’s finish, revealing scratches and the ravages of time. Not to worry though. Although restoring the original magnificence of your blemished marble floor is a delicate process, it can be done if carefully executed.
Marble Tiles Machine Polishing
To polish marble, you need to use specific equipment such as various sizes of diamond polishing pads and an electric sanding machine. Working gloves, safety goggles and a dust maskare necessary to prevent hand and eye injury and breathing in particles. Before polishing the marble tiles, follow these simple guides.
- Protect areas surrounding the marble especially sensitive surfaces.
- Peel off wax and adhesive using turpentine.
For marble sanding, explicitly follow these step-by-step procedures.
- Use clean, cold water to cover the work surface.
- Attach the recommended sandpaper’s coarsest grit to the electric sander.
- Move the sander in a side-to-side motion four times to remove any sealant or wax residue. Make sure you are 6 inches away from a wall when using this grit.
- Mop or vacuum the floor to make sure no spots are missed.
- From this time, repeat from the second process using less coarse grits as you progress until you are satisfied with the level of shine.
- On the last pass, add marble plaster to the grit then apply to the floor in the same way.
- Use mop, cloth and broom to thoroughly clean the floor.
Wait! There’s more. Here are some tips for the final touches to marble floor polishing.
- Add a microfibre polishing pad to the machine
- Place polishing powder on the marble surface. (Check the recommended amount)
- Quickly buff the marble. Concentrate on small sections until the marble starts to shine.
- Clear away debris by vacuuming or using a dust-mop.
Restore Shine To Marble Floors
Marble lose its lustre making it look dim as it becomes worn-out and marred. At this point, no matter how many times you clean your marble flooring, it yields insignificant result as marred or cracked tiles always appear dirty.
Breathe new life into your home by restoring your dirty and damaged marble floor. Shine is restored to marble slates by using high friction diamond abrasives on a huge marble polishing machine by a skilled professional.
Contact Avalon Services today for professional marble floor polishing services to bring the lustre back to your marble floor.