When newly installed, marble floors have a beautiful reflective finish and bring elegance to your home. As time goes by, this glossy finish tends to dim, lose luster, and can lead to the damage of your marble bathroom counters, floors, vanities, and more.
If this happens in your marble bathroom, the walls, counters, and floor will undoubtedly have a dull look. When you have a beautiful stone, such as marble, installed in your bathroom, it’s a disservice to your décor to let it become dim and lackluster. Even in the future, if you are planning to sell your house, having dull marble floors and walls will lower the value of your home.
Want to know how to restore your marble bathroom and increase the value of your home?
Read on and learn more about marble bathroom restoration.
Clean All Marble Surfaces
Marble is a metamorphic rock. As such, it is softer than granite and can stain easily. This is because the marble collects the by-products from our bathroom cosmetics and beauty products which eventually lead to discoloration, and sometimes staining. As a natural stone, marble also wears out very easily.
If your water supply is hard water, make sure you clean the marble surfaces after using the bathroom. Failure to do so may lead to water stains. When cleaning, make sure that soap does not come into contact with the water as it can form soap scum.
Bathroom products that can damage marble:
- Beauty products
- Soaps and cleansers that contain waxes and/or fragrance
- Contact Lens Solution
Tips to Preserve the Sheen of Your Bathroom Stone:
- Clean and wipe countertop around sink after use
- Use trays for beauty products that may leak
- Rinse shower walls and floor after use
- Squeegee walls/floor dry to prevent soap scum and residue build up
Repairing Damaged Marble in Your Bathroom
Carry out a quick inspection of all marble surfaces in the bathroom. What have you identified? Are there any cracks on the marble tiles? If there are, you need to make repairs quickly.
Overtime, natural stone can be damaged in the following ways from wear and tear:
In this case, it’s important to hire a professional marble restoration expert.
If you’re a handy person, it’s normal to feel like you can get it done on your own, but it’s important to ensure it’s done right.
Classic Marble Restoration, Inc. can apply different materials and color-match them to the stone to create flawless and seamless repairs.
We use UV-cured formulas and products to not only conceal the old damage and repair it – but also to ensure that the repairs are “watertight” and safe for their future use.
Grinding and Honing Your Marble Bathroom Surfaces
Grinding is the most powerful process when it comes to marble bathroom floor restoration. Although it is powerful, it isn’t as harsh and abrasive as people believe. Also known as lippage removal, this process helps to remove all roughness and ledges. As such, it ensures the marble floor is flat.
Also, it helps in removing deep stains and scratches. When it comes to honing, industrial diamonds help to bring back the shine to the marble floor or surfaces. This process also removes stains and scratches present after grinding.
Additionally, grinding natural stone isn’t as messy and dusty as it has been in the past. We utilize dust-free methods. We utilize water to lubricate the surface we are refinishing with grinding tools – therefore keeping all of the marble shavings trapped in the liquid and eventually vacuumed up.
This dust-free grinding procedure is especially favorable inside of:
Check out our grinding and honing page for more information on restoring damaged marble in your bathroom with grinding procedures.
Polishing and Sealing Marble Bathrooms
Although honing gives your marble floors a uniform appearance, you need to restore the shining effect. Marble Polishing using small grade industrial diamonds helps you achieve this. If the marble floors are in good condition, bringing back the reflective finish is easy using state-of-the-art marble polishing equipment, technology, and technicians with the best cleaning materials.
The last step is sealing. As we discussed earlier, as your marble surfaces come into contact with hard water, soap, and cosmetics, it is important to prevent the staining that these acidic chemicals can leave on your marble. The best way to do so is by applying stone sealants.
This helps to close the pores on the marble and shields them from future damage and will prevent the discolorations/staining from becoming a permanent part of your stone surface.
The first rule in sealing your natural stone is “never use a topical sealer.” This is a common mistake that we see DIY (do it yourself) homeowners make. Why?
A lot of the sealers sold at Home Depot and these “Big Box” stores are designed for tile and non-porous materials, so they contain harmful acrylics and waxes for your marble.
You need to utilize an impregnating sealer, designed for natural stone. Classic Marble Restoration, Inc. utilizes high-quality impregnating sealers that are specific to the type of stone that needs application. If your stone is porous – it should be sealed. Call us to do it right.
Restoring a Marble Bathroom like a Pro
Are you in need of marble restoration and maintenance services? We at Classic Marble Restoration, INC. can help. Contact us for your free marble restoration estimate. We service all throughout South Florida and in some parts of the Bahamas and Caribbean for residential, commercial, and yacht properties.