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Marble is a decorative stone that’s been treasured for centuries. However, it’s soft, porous, and easily scratched, especially if exposed to everyday living. Keep your marble functional and valuable by maintaining it.
Cleaning - Like most other surfaces, natural stone must be cleaned regularly to keep it sanitary, maintain its appearance, and preserve its life. Professional stone cleaning is recommended every six to 12 months and is especially important for stone floors. These hard surfaces with stay shiny and beautiful if they are regularly cleaned, polished, and buffed. In addition, grout is scrubbed and areas that were once heavily soiled are transformed.
Grinding - When stone surfaces contain uneven tiles, called lippage, or the stone is deeply scratched or stained, a process called grinding is typically used. A diamond disc is used to sand and remove large portions of the stone and the process is contained so no dust is created. Any additional holes created on a travertine floor are filled to increase durability.
Honing - After it is ground, the stone must be smoothed with very fine diamond abrasives. Called honing, this process removes remaining scratches and rounds the edges of the stone, creating a smoother finish. A compound is frequently used to aid in the process, which is often done wet. This prepares the surface to be polished.
Polishing -Polishing is the final step in the process and is what makes the stone shine. A floor machine uses a polyester fiber pad or a cloth, as well as water, to work a powdered abrasive onto the stone. This powder is worked into a semi-liquid state called slurry and used to polish the stone. This slurry is then removed with a mop or wet vacuum and the floor is rinsed to remove any remaining powder. The entire process may sound simple but much practice is required. Having a professional do the work eliminates the worry of making any mistakes and provides the most impressive results.
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