5 Essential Marble Restoration Tips for a Beautiful Finish

Marble floors are a gorgeous feature in your home. They go with many of the latest interior design trends, but if marble floors aren’t properly maintained, they’ll lose their luster over time. But how do you clean marble floors?

Let’s give your floors a little TLC with these five essential marble restoration tips for a beautiful finish.

1.Do a little prep

Before doing anything to bring back your floor’s shine, remove dust and dirt by sweeping and mopping.

Next, you’ll wash it. Here’s how to wash a marble floor:

Mop with a simple, non-abrasive cleaning solution like a mix of baking soda, dishwashing liquid, and water.

In a quart of warm water, mix about three tablespoons of baking soda and a squirt or two of mild dishwashing detergent.

Be sure and rinse the floor after mopping with the home-made cleaning solution. Then let the floor dry.

2.Stain-Away

After you clean, you’ll see if any stains remain on your marble floor.

One of the best ways of removing stains while cleaning marble floors is with a poultice.

Find a powder, like a talc, plaster of Paris, baby powder, or even flour. Mix it with water until it has the consistency of sour cream, then apply it on top of the stain.

Cover it with plastic and tape down the edges. Wait until the poultice is hard over the next day or two. Then remove with water.

Don’t worry if the stain isn’t completely gone the first time. Tough stains might need more than one application.

3.Don’t Be Too Hard On It

It might be tempting to scrub tougher stains. But avoid that temptation.

Using harsh chemicals or abrasive sponges and scrubbers can damage your beautiful floors.

Acidic chemicals can leave an etched spot on your tile. Check the pH balance of chemicals before applying to your marble.

4.If You Have Etch

Don’t scratch an etch. If you’re already dealing with an etch in your floor, treat it carefully.

Use a light fine-grit sandpaper. Start with 800-1000 grit and sand gently. Once the etched spot matches the finish of the surrounding tile, finish with 1500 and 2000 grit paper.

Be patient. This is a slow process when done correctly.

5.Shine On

Once your floor is clean, stain-free, and the etches are smooth, it’s time to add some shine.

Knowing how to shine marble floors isn’t hard. Try a mix of baking soda and water combined into a paste. Use a microfiber cloth to apply the paste, then allow it to dry.

Rinse it with water. Then buff to a shine with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.

Show Off Your Home With Marble Restoration

Most marble floors need a little TLC to bring back their shine. With a little time and effort, these simple home marble restoration tips return floors back to life.

But some marble floors next more love.

If your floors need heavy duty care, we’re here to help. From scratch repair to sealing, no job is too big or small for our team.

Contact us for a free consultation on cleaning and polishing your home’s marble!

 

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Marble Cleaning & Maintenance: How to Remove Stains from Marble the Easy Way

Marble is one of the most popular and practical countertop materials available in the United States. It’s not only beautiful, but it is also very durable.

Each piece of marble is completely unique, and the natural stone element adds a touch of luxury to every home. With so many different types available, you’re guaranteed to get the look you love.

When it comes to cleaning and maintenance, marble cleaning and maintenance can seem daunting to many homeowners. But not to worry, with our guide you’ll know everything you need to keep your marble in tip-top shape!

Marble Cleaning

Because marble composition is so varied, there are many cleaning techniques. Certain marbles will react differently to cleaning products than others.

So the first step to marble cleaning is understanding what type of product you can use on your stone without damaging it.

DO: Use a specified “marble cleaners” occasionally. The best cleaning product for marble surfaces is hot water and a soft cloth.

DON’T: Use any cleaning products that contain lemon, orange, vinegar, ammonia, or any product designed to clean tubs, showers, or toilets. These products contain acids and abrasives that can etch away at your marble. The micro scratches they create can become breeding grounds for bacteria and other germs.

If you have a larger stain that needs a professional’s touch, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to help get rid of that stain for you.

Marble Maintenance

Professionals have access to commercial grade cleaners and equipment that can achieve better results than most DIY solutions. So if you have the resources to afford more regular cleaning, that’s best.

Professional maintenance will include stripping, cleaning, and resealing your stone. It’s recommended that a professional come to perform at least annual maintenance work on your stone.

Here are some important maintenances that should be done DIY style. They’ll protect and maintain the integrity of your stone in between professional visits:

  • Clean up spills immediately.
  • Use sponges or soft cloths to clean marble.
  • Avoid abrasive cleaning materials and products that could scratch the seal or the stone.
  • Use cutting boards, trivets (hot pads), and coasters. Your marble is strong but your seal will perform better for longer if you use protection.
  • Always keep a tray under soap, lotion, or other product dispensers. Over time they can leak through the seal and stain your marble.
  • Don’t leave any rustable materials on your marble surface for long periods of time. They can leave rust marks that can bleed into the stone.

These are all can’t-miss points.

Remember This!

Marble is an investment and it should be treated that way. But marble cleaning and maintenance doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, with these simple tips and tricks, you’ll have picture perfect floors in no time.

Just put these tips into regular practice, and when you need a professional, contact us for your stone maintenance and cleaning needs! We’re happy to help make your floors look incredible.

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How to Polish Marble Floors: 5 Simple Steps

Marble is a great option for a durable, attractive flooring option. That said, because marble is high-quality, it can also be expensive. To protect that investment, it’s important to properly care for and maintain your floors. This includes regular polishing and cleaning.

Using the wrong cleaning techniques can damage your floors, so it is important to do your research. Check out this guide to learn more about how to polish marble.

Get the Right Supplies

Before you can start cleaning and polishing your marble floors, it’s important to have the right materials. The basic supplies you will need are a mild detergent, soft cloths, polish, and marble sealant. If your marble floors have stains, you will also need a poultice to remove them.

Once you have all of the materials, you’re ready to start cleaning.

Do an Initial Cleaning

The first step to cleaning your floors is to an initial cleaning with a mild detergent. You may want to test a small area first to make sure the detergent does not discolor the floors.

If the floors have stains, you can try removing them by focusing on them with the detergent first. If the detergent does not work, you will have to use the poultice.

When applying the detergent, use a clean, soft cloth. A hard cloth could leave small scratches on your floor.

3. Apply Poultice

It is critical to remove stains in the marble before you polish it. Polishing your marble will not remove stains. Instead, it will seal the stains.

Stains that have set in will need some time to remove. To start the process, apply the poultice, cover with plastic wrap, and leave it to sit for 24 to 48 hours. If the stain is still there, try repeating the process.

Some stubborn stains may require professional treatment to remove completely. It is important to act quickly to ensure the stains do not become permanent.

4. Use a Polishing Compound

Once the stains have been removed to your liking, it is time to add the polish. Remember, do not polish your floors while the stains remain.

Apply the polish to one small section of the floor at a time, and slowly work your way across. Always start with a little bit of polish, and then add more as needed so you do not end up with excess.

5.Seal the Polish

Once the polish has dried, the last step is to seal the floors. A topical polish will sit on top of your floors and prevent them from staining.

Spray the sealant on the floor, let it sit for about 20 minutes, and then wipe it off with a soft cloth. Do not like the sealant dry fully, or it will leave streaks on your floors.

Get the Materials You Need to Polish Marble

It’s essential to regularly clean and polish marble to keep your floors in good condition.

For the best results, it’s important to have your marble floors cleaned professionally. Contact us today for a free quote to have your floors polished.

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Classic Marble Blog – 5 Ways To Spruce Up Your Home This Summer

Have you ever looked around your house and wondered what you could do to spruce it up in a trendy and cost-effective manner? Redecorating can be a tedious job, but it’s certainly worth the effort when you’re transforming your home from bland and boring to bright and beautiful. However, if redecorating isn’t your strong suit, there are a few simple sprucing options that will give you the results you are looking for.

Simple Changes For Your Home

Not everyone has the time or the budget (or the patience) to completely redecorate their home, and that’s okay! There are a plethora of small things you can do to your home that will bring it to life. To go with this season’s trending decor, here are 5 fun ways you can spruce up your home:

Decorative Storage

Decorative storage boxes are an excellent way to add a bit of organization and personality to your home. While there are a vast variety of storage options, you’ll want to select one that speaks to the overall design and functionality of your space. Do you want something large and prominent? Or, are you looking for something small, yet trendy? What material will go best? Vinyl, wood, metal? The options are endless! You can even find a decorative storage option with a fun, tropical pattern or your favorite color! Bright and brilliant colors are in this season, so don’t be afraid to make a bold move

Colored, Scented Candles

Not only do scented candles smell great and add a sense of comfort to your home, but they look great too! Plus, there’s nothing better than walking into a home that smells amazing. Colored, scented candles are a wonderful sprucing tip that can improve the overall atmosphere of your home. Match their colors to the decorative pieces you have in your home or let them be the colorful decorative accents. For an added bonus, pick scents and colors that are compatible with the ever-changing seasons.

Multi-Purpose Furniture

Having multi-purpose furniture in your home is an excellent way to optimize your living space. This is especially true for those who live in condos or apartments and have a smaller square footage. Consider investing in under-bed storage or trunks that can also fashion as a coffee table for maximum storage options. You can even consider a Murphy bed that can serve as a decorative cabinet.

Bright Rugs

Another great way to add a pop of color to your home is with a colorful rug. Especially in rooms with gorgeous, hardwood floors, an area rug can truly bring a room to life. For a bold statement, consider buying a rug that boasts a colorful floral or tropical pattern. Or, for a more refined look, a vintage run will do the trick in tying a room together

Accent Lighting

Lighting is the key to making a house feel like a home. Lighting that’s too bright white can come off as harsh and completely deteriorate the atmosphere of a room. For a more relaxed and appealing vibe, invest in accent lighting that exudes a warmer feel. Since it’s important to be able to see where you’re walking and what you’re doing, you may want to invest in adjustable lighting. This way, you can create the level of lighting you need throughout the day.

With the combination of the above-mentioned options, your home is sure to exude a more trendy and comforting atmosphere.

 

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Prepping Your Home For Summer Get-Togethers

Saying goodbye to the winter season has never been sweeter. And there’s no better way to greet the summer than with a quintessential BBQ. Summer is the season of pool parties, BBQs, and fun get-togethers with friends and family, so why not jump on the bandwagon and host a party of your own? Below we’ve listed a few great ways to get your home prepped and ready for your next summer festivity.

Summertime Fun

From beach days to time spent at the pool, the summer is the time where we get to relax a bit and enjoy the natural splendor of our environment. It’s also a season that gives those the perfect excuse to throw a summer get-together with friends and family.

For a summer filled with fun, soirees, here are a few ways you can prep your home for each occasion:

  • Start Cleaning: Whether you like to host your get-togethers outside on the patio or indoors, you want to make sure that each area is squeaky clean. For an excellent, outdoor clean, you’ll want to pull out your power washer. A power wash is an excellent way to get the tough dirt and grime from the winter season off of your home. With a nice, thorough power wash, the exterior of your home will be on its way to revitalization. For the interior of your home, there’s nothing like some dusting, sweeping, mopping, and organizing to get your home summer-ready!

 

  • Revive Your Natural Stone: Whether you have beautiful granite countertops or marble flooring, you want to make sure that they are party-ready for the summer season. Contact us for exceptional Fort Lauderdale marble restoration and marble polishing services. With bright, gleaming natural stone surfaces, you’ll be sure to wow guests at your summer get-togethers.

 

  • Scrub the Grill: Your grill has been in hibernation for the past few months and may need some tender, love, and care before it’s grilling-season ready. Sometimes, the best way to clean your grill is to light it and let it sit for a few minutes. Once hot enough, it’ll be easier for your to scrub off the dirt and grime. Another efficient way of cleaning your grill is to take off the grates and let them soak in warm water and soap. Once clean, it’s safe to fire it up and start grilling some delicious BBQ!

 

  • Get Decorating: Fun decorations are an excellent way to bring your summer BBQs to life. To add some sparkle to your backyard, consider investing in a set of string lights to hang around your patio area. You can also head over to your local home furnishing and decor store and find summer-themes plates and napkins for your guests to use. Maybe a pineapple pool float or two? The possibilities for decorating are endless!

With these prepping tips, your home will be ready for all the fun, summertime activities in no time!

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The 10 Biggest Interior Design Trends of 2018

2017 boasted quite a few unique style trends that many homeowners and interior designers fell in love with. However, with the start of 2018, we will be seeing a lot of 2017’s fabulous trends being put to rest, only to be replaced with a new set of bright and bold home decor trends. To start off the new year, Houzz, the home remodeling and design network, gave their predictions for the top interior design trends that are going to be making waves during 2018.

After conducting research, speaking to industry experts, and carefully examining trends on social media, here are the 10 interior design trends that Houzz believes designers and homeowners will be implementing in their homes this year:

1. Colorful Kitchens

In previous years, white kitchens have made a bold, but elegant statement within homes. However, as we roll into 2018, white kitchens are soon to be a trend of the past. Experts say that colorful kitchens will be more popular this year. To bring color to the kitchen, more warm wood tones will be incorporated into flooring and other elemental features. Additionally, more neutral colors such as greys and blues will be used on kitchen walls for a warm feel.

 

2. Rich Colors

Neutral tones might be taking a back seat for the rich colors that are expected to shine in 2018. Designers claim that more warm greys, caramels, and earthy tones of yellow, red, and green are going to be used in wall decor, furniture, and accent pieces in homes

3.Natural Stone Sinks

lthough the modern Farmhouse style is still going to be present in 2018, designers state that white and stainless steel sinks will be making an exit. Their replacement: natural stone. Natural stone sinks will be making their way into kitchens and bathrooms this year, boasting beautiful, rustic themes. More and more sinks will be fashioned out of concrete, stone, and granite.

4. Floral & Tropical Prints

This trend skyrocketed in 2017 and is one that homemakers and interior designers are not ready to part with. Houzz predicts that we will be seeing a lot more of the ethnic floral and tropical prints with an emphasis on big, bright, and bold.

5. Vintage Lighting

This year, vintage light fixtures, lanterns, pendants, sconces, and chandeliers will be making a retro appearance this year. However, the experts at Houzz believes that many vintage lighting pieces will be created by crafty homeowners.

6. Bucket Sinks

Just another example of the ever-trending Farmhouse look, Houzz experts claim that bucket and trough sinks will be featured quite often this year. These sinks are deep and wide and provide homeowners with great durability and unique, rustic style.

7. Concrete Accents

The modern look will never be a trend of the past and concrete accents are here to add to it. Concrete accents will be featured in flooring, countertops, home decor accessories, and much more.

 

8. Millwork

Millwork, or reclaimed wood are coming back into popularity and design experts expect to see it used as elegant DIY pieces.

9. “Wallpaper-esque” Backsplashes

Kitchen and bathroom backsplashes are a common design element that adds bold color and design to bring the room to life. Designers expect to see more contemporary tiles that look similar to wood, resin, fabric, and wallpaper being used this year.

10. Modern Bedrooms

Minimalism in master bedrooms is a trend to keep an eye out for this year. Designers claim that more neutral tones will be incorporated into bedrooms as well as soft fabrics and simple furniture pieces (sources)

 

As we glide through 2018, keep your eye out for these fashionable home trends.

 

 

 

 

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The Most Expensive Flooring In The World

Flooring adds a unique feel to a space and can truly bring out the beauty of a property.

We all know that marble and other natural stones do not come cheap but you’d be surprised to find out the cost of one particular type of flooring

Pietra Firma Luxtouch Tiles

The priciest tile in the world is called Pietra Firma Luxtouch Tiles and these tiles costs$1,000,000 per square meter.

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Why So Expensive?

Every square meter of this tile is inlaid with:

  • More than 1000 diamonds
  • 2400 pieces of mother of pearl
  • 400 pieces of abalone shell
  • 500 pieces of black onyx

The tile creates a look that is incomparable to any other tile in the world due to its unique composition. Since the elements within the stone are slightly raised above the surface, the tactile effect when walking on them adds to the uniqueness of it. The tile will only be used in five projects globally, being exclusive and extremely rare, not to mention expensive.

This one-of-a-kind tile made its debut during the Monaco Yacht Show in Monte Carlo. With its intricate detailing and exceptional artistry, this creation most definitely begs a second glance. The limited edition flooring is the definition of luxury and boasts uncompromising thought to detail. High-end consumers find unmatched ambience in this posh tile as it adds a high level of atmosphere to a room.

 

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A New Advancement In Marble Protection

marble-restorationNatural stone requires proper care and maintenance in order to preserve its eye-catching aesthetic. Since marble is a natural stone, it is quite porous and thus absorbs stains, spills, dirt, and grime much quicker than its non-natural counterparts such as tile and vinyl.

At Classic Marble Restoration, we provide professional marble polishing and marble restoration services. However, there has been some new advancements in marble protection that is very interesting. 

Human Teeth and Bones?

Researchers at Princeton University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have discovered that hydroxyapatite, the primary compound found in human teeth and bones, can be used to help conserve the condition of (Source).

The harsh environmental factors coupled with pollution and age, wreak havoc on marble structures such as the Taj mahal in India and The Statue of David in Italy. Marble is actually composed of the mineral calcite which naturally reacts with a phosphate salt water solution to create the hydroxyapatite. This means that a compound that is found in human bones and teeth can actually be produced and applied to marble in order to preserve it (Source). With hydroxyapatite, marble can better handle these harsh elements, refraining it from crumbling and degeneration.

Choose Classic Marble Restoration For Professional Marble Restoration

Classic Marble Restoration is South Florida’s choice for marble polishing and marble restoration services. Contact us today at 866-578-3600 for a free estimate

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The Most Popular Types Of Marble

Marble is no doubt eye-catching, and most definitely makes a notable impression. There are an abundance of varieties and colors of marble available on the market. Whether you choose it for your commercial building, home hallway entryway, or kitchen countertop, marble is a durable and exceptional natural stone that will stand the test of time. Let’s take a look at some of the features of the most exotic and in-demand marbles on the market.

Calacatta Extra

Calacatta extra is rather light in color, coming in mainly a simple white design. It has scatter gray veins throughout it, some being darker than others. Being so white in color and having varied contrast, this marble leaves a modern yet classic and sophisticated impression when seen.

calacatta extra marble

Scandalous

Scandalous marble is quite dramatic and expressive. With bold bright gold and dark veins running throughout, this marble surely demands a second glance. The marble is intense to the naked eye and depicts strong movement, seen by the long lines and colored contrast.

scandalous-marble

Black Wood

As its name suggests, black wood marble is dark and grainy, having light black and white fine lines running throughout it. It is both timeless yet sophisticated and intense, ideal for spaces that beg for an exotic aesthetic

black-wood-marble

Atlantis Grey

This neutral color marble is popular among kitchens and bath countertops. This combo of various shades of gray, both light and dark, is the perfect balance of calm yet dramatic.

atlantis grey marble

Marble adds a touch of classic elegance to any room it is in. It is durable enough to act as a sturdy countertop yet still requires routine restoration and conditioning in order to ensure its longevity.

Don’t’ let your marble go too long without professional marble restoration, marble cleaning, and marble polishing. Contact us at 866-578-3600 for an estimate!

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Preparing Your Marble For Family Foot Traffic During The Holidays

marble-flooringThe holidays are upon us which means lots of fun times with family and friends, hosting dinner parties, and no shortage of tasty feasts. With so much foot traffic within your household this busy time of year, your floors are going to be taking some amount of beating. Kids running around, pets chasing each other, and family get-togethers mean your marble floors are going to be enduring more than average wear. Holiday home prep is essential when wanting to maintain the aesthetic of your marble floors (end even countertops).

Don’t be ill prepared this holiday season. Between guests coming and going, dinner prep in the kitchen, and of course lots of football watching, your marble floors will need an extra level of protection this holiday season in order to keep them looking polished. In areas where you know kids might be playing extensively, opt to put a water absorbent carpet over your marble in order to shield it from possible spills and messes. Marble is very porous and absorbent which means it will soak in spills almost instantly. Although you can always have your marble floors polished and restored, you do run the risk of permanent spotting if a stain goes too long without being cleaned up.

Flooring Sets the Vibe for Your Home

Whether you realize it or not, the flooring within your home has a tremendous impact on the look, feel, and atmosphere of your home. Whether it be the color, texture, or material of your flooring, properly cared for flooring is always more attractive than floors that are weathered and worn looking. Floors need extra TLC come the December holiday season in order to keep them looking pristine. Floors that look as though they have been exposed to mass amounts of foot traffic, show it, and have the power to ruin the vibe of your home. Keeping your floors clean and cared for will boost the overall vibe and environment of your home.

Whether you have a polished finish, honed finish, or flamed finish, marble floors need more attention during the holiday season. Having your floors protected will ensure that stains and spills sit on the surface and do not penetrate your marble floors, potentially ruining them forever.

The beauty and classic look of marble floors can quickly fade if they aren’t taken care of. In order to safeguard your marbles against damages this holiday season, be sure to get your floors properly treated. A protective sealer will ensure that you can simply wipe away spills and dirt, quickly and easily and with no damage to your floors. In zones where you suspect lots of food and drink to be consumed, consider a hard surface protection tape which safely covers marble floors and tile surfaces without leaving glue or residue.

Marble contains striations and various veins as it is in its natural form. Sealing and protecting marble floors from unwanted staining will prevent liquids from absorbing into it so you can enjoy your holiday parties, worry-free.

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