The Right Stone for Bar/Restaurant Owners

As a bar or restaurant owner, or a restaurant owner with a bar, you want to choose the ideal stone to offer an aesthetically pleasing environment for your guests and achieve a long-lasting functionality for your business. The right stone can make all the difference in the visual appeal of your bar while your servers are offering up flights, cocktails, appetizers, and meals to your patrons.

The perfect stone for your bar/restaurant showcases your establishment’s energy, delivers style and function, and greets your customers. There are several options available from natural stone to engineered products. Let’s uncover the one that will best suit the needs of your bar or restaurant.

Marble – Elegance and Luxury

Marble is a multi-purpose natural stone used in architecture, sculpture, designs, and more. Offering timeless design, marble features subtle tones and lines which adds elegance and luxury to your bar and restaurant.

Marble is also known for its longevity, though if not cleaned up quickly, it can stain as a result of spills from wine and other acidic substances. Of course, as a restaurateur, you know that spills are quickly cleaned off any surface, making marble an exceptional choice for your bar. However, keep in mind that marble surfaces need to be sealed regularly to keep them functioning at their best.

Classic Marble Restoration, Inc. offers the most thorough marble cleaning process and outstanding marble polishing services to keep your marble looking brand new.

Granite – Classic and Versatile

Granite is another excellent choice in natural stone. Every slab of granite is distinct, offering a multitude of colors and patterns making it ideal for upscale restaurants where culinary creativity abounds, or neighborhood bars where everyone feels welcome.

For your granite to promise a unique character and deliver functional durability, you will need to hire a granite and other natural stone services company that specializes in restoration and polishing.

Onyx – Deep and Exotic

Onyx, also a natural stone, is unique in the fact that it is translucent and can be backlit, adding to its deep, exotic charm. Onyx promises a unique design, which will act as a focal accent for your restaurant. Onyx is slightly more sensitive than other natural stone, so it will be the optimal choice for more exclusive venues.

However, onyx can be used for any venue if you hire a professional marble restoration and polishing company to regularly maintain it. With Classic Marble Restoration, Inc., you will no longer have to worry about the delicate onyx stone on your bar top.

Successfully Facing the Challenges of a Bar or Restaurant Owner

As a bar and/or restaurant owner, it can be difficult to keep the natural stone in your bar/restaurant clean and safe on a daily, and we understand the importance of keeping your bar in tip-top condition for your patrons. That is why at Classic Marble Restoration, Inc., our goal is to help you do just that, so we are pleased to provide you with a FREE estimate for keeping your natural stone looking its best and performing with exceptional functionality for years to come. Contact us today!

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Outdoor Marble Care: Cleaning Tips for Outdoor Marble in Restaurants

Eating outdoors is a natural mood booster, so providing places for your guests to eat in the fresh air is a great way to ensure they have a good time.

But if you have marble tabletops that are in disrepair, it may bring your guests mood down.

We put together this guide to help you keep your outdoor marble bars and tables in outstanding condition. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about marble care.

Keep It Clean

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” -Benjamin Franklin

This couldn’t be more accurate when it comes to maintaining outdoor marble surfaces. Marble is a stone and will wear down with repeated exposure to weather. It is also significantly more difficult to remove stains if they have time to set in.

Although you can use special cleaners for marble, it’s best to stick with a soft cloth and hot water as often as possible.

And remember, only use cleaners that are designed specifically for marble occasionally.

Remove Stains

Even with a meticulous cleaning routine, stains happen. To protect your marble, remove stains as soon as you notice them. This can prevent them from soaking in more than they already have.

To remove a stain yourself, you’ll want to use a paste made with baking soda and water. Smear it onto the stain and allow it to set for a while before wiping it off with a soft cloth.

If needed, you can cover this paste with plastic and allow it to set overnight. Tough stains may require more than one application.

Avoid Acids

Any type of acid is dangerous to marble. It can remove the seal and scratch the stone itself. When this happens, you’ll notice a loss of luster on the surface. What you don’t see is this damaged surface is the perfect place for bacteria to breed.

Even citrus fruits contain acid and should be kept away from your marble surfaces. If your restaurant uses lime or lemon wedges, always provide a bowl for customers to place them when they’re done so they don’t end up on the marble surfaces.

Get Professional Restoration

There will come a time in the life of your marble surfaces when they’ll need professional restoration. It could be because they’ve become stained beyond your own removal abilities or that they naturally wore down over time.

Whatever the reason, you’ll want to have your marble tabletops professionally restored and sealed when they start looking dull. Only a professional who understands the way marble works can choose the right course of action to restore a worn marble surface.

Need More Help with Marble Care?

You now have everything you need to know about the basics of marble care. If you take care of your marble countertops and tabletops, they will last for many years.

If you’re ready to call in a professional to get help with your marble, contact us. We’ll be more than happy to provide you with a free estimate and more information about how our services can help you.

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Give Your Marble a New Year Refreshment with Our Natural Stone Polishing and Cleaning Services

Does your marble need a good stone polishing? Keep reading to find out how our services may help you.

Marble floors have been proven to last for over one hundred years, the longest lifespan of any flooring materials.

Discerning customers choose marble flooring because of its upscale, sophisticated finish. A well-polished marble floor instantly elevates a room’s appearance. A silky smooth, glimmering surface immediately lets visitors know that they are somewhere remarkable.

Marble is also a great conductor of heat, leaving your floor toasty in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Despite its unparalleled advantages, marble can be difficult to clean. It is highly reactive to acidic cleaning agents, and stains and etch marks can be difficult to remove. They may even settle into the pores of your flooring, ruining their natural appeal over time.

Professional marble stone polishing can keep your flooring glossy and attractive and prevent any damage that could harm them. The beauty, value, and originality of your marble will shine with the right treatment, and it will maintain its allure for years to come.

Stains on Your Marble Floor

Marble is made up of calcium bicarbonate, which is quarried from mountains. As a result, each marble floor has a unique appearance and mosaic pattern that you won’t find in any other tile.

While most stains will come off a marble floor easily, some acidic stains found in sauces, wines, and oils, will not come out. Grout and rust can be absorbed deeply into the pores of marble.

Certified professionals apply special, chemically-sensitive cleaning techniques that leave your floor squeaky-clean. They know the special needs of marble and are prepared to handle them with knowledge and grace.

Polishing is a process that restores your floor’s shine after stains are removed. Floors polished to a high finish are less susceptible to scuff marks or dust build-up.

After you polish and seal your floor, it will require only a simple wet-mopping to remove dirt. It will also be more resistant to staining and damage than it was before it was polished.

Etches on Your Marble Floor

Etches on your marble floor can be difficult to correct. They can leave your floor lighter in color and dull its shine.

Professional cleaning service technicians can use advanced equipment, including diamond abrasives, to remove sketch marks and restore your floor’s natural beauty.

There is also less cracking and surface damage once your floor is polished.

Sealing Your Floor After Stone Polishing

A professional marble-restoration company can also seal your marble floor after polishing. Floors are treated with a chemical that prevents cracking and moisture transmission.

Sealing will leave your floors less susceptible to dirt and staining and will save you money in the long run as less maintenance will be required.

Shine On

A marble floor is a wonderful investment for those who love their opulent, glimmering finish. Maintain their beauty for over a century by contacting a professional stone polishing service who can clean, polish, and seal your floor for optimal shine.

For more information, contact us today.

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How to Protect Marble Floors During Holidays

 

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here, and if you plan on having guests at your home or festivities involving large numbers of people, you should know how to protect marble floors during holidays! Why go through all the trouble of cleaning and decorating if you’re placing your platters on scratched and scuffed surfaces? Marble is a highly porous type of rock and can lose its luster relatively quickly compared to other rocks used in your home. Granite, for example, is a harder surface and requires less polishing than marble. People choose marble for its beauty and its wide variety of natural designs and colors, but that beauty comes with some maintenance to keep it looking its best. This holiday season you want your investment to look its best, so invest in marble polishing products or services.

We often offer our recommended products and surfaces to clients, as well as marble polishing tips for those with the ability to do it themselves. Many people are very DIY-oriented so directions and products can usually work out well to keep up the beauty of their marble when done consistently. However, with everything else to do during the holidays, a large DIY undertaking like marble polishing may not be something people want to invest their time in. Our level of expertise, equipment and industrial grade products enable us to get in and out same day, leaving you with beautiful marble before you even return from work or errands.

You bought a beautiful product when you purchased marble. With the proper maintenance and care, it will stay that way. Contact Classic Marble Restoration today to schedule, and make your home shine this holiday season!

Preparing Your Marble for Family Foot Traffic During the Holidays

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The 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 at 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 (and 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

have your natural stone floors cleaned by polishing experts during the holidaysWhether 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. Knowing how to protect marble floors during holidays is essential towards keeping your floors clean and cared for, which 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, so understanding how to protect marble floors during holidays is absolutely critical. Sealing and protecting marble floors from unwanted staining will prevent liquids from absorbing into it so you can enjoy your holiday parties, worry-free.

Why You Should Clean Your Marble Floors After a Holiday Party

have your stone floors cleaned after your company holiday partyAfter a great holiday party, we realize that cleaning your marble floors might not feel like your top priority–but it’s more important than you might think. Plus, we can make it super-easy for you!

Although marble is a resilient and durable stone, it is actually porous and is susceptible to etching and staining. So, if any wine or other liquids have been spilled on your marble floors, it’s vital to clean them off before they cause staining. Getting informed on how to protect marble floors during holidays and afterwards can save you a lot of time and money later, so read on for more tips!

How to Clean Marble Floors 

We recommend cleaning up any spills immediately with a damp cloth with distilled or deionized water. Then do a more thorough cleaning once your guests have left. Take care of your marble floor with these simple cleaning tips.

Simple Equipment 

The best way to clean your marble floor is to sweep up any loose items with a brush, then use a damp mop. Be sure that your mop is just damp–not soaking wet. If there is a lot of liquid on your mop, some may be absorbed by the stone.

Don’t use a vacuum cleaner, as these can scratch the surface.

Which Cleaning Product to Use on Marble Floors 

It’s vital to use the right type of cleaning product for your marble.  Most store-bought cleaners are very acidic and your marble needs an alkaline cleaner. Home-made cleaning solutions such as vinegar, milk, lemon or ammonia are also all too acidic. Acidic cleaners can completely destroy the surface of your beautiful marble so please beware.

Use a cleaning product designed specifically for marble floors. A neutral or slightly alkaline stone soap is a great option. Using water alone can make your marble floors look a little dull, so we recommend using a specialized cleaning product for best results.

Don’t Forget This Final Step! 

When you’ve cleaned your floor, be sure to dry it off. Use a clean towel or cloth to ensure all liquid is removed.

How to Polish Marble Floors

Nothing beats the beautiful gleam of a freshly polished marble floor. It shows this gorgeous stone off to its best advantage!

Cleaning vs Polishing: What’s the Difference?

First, let’s look at the difference between cleaning and polishing.

To keep your marble floors looking their very best, clean up any spills immediately as detailed above, and undertake a regular cleaning and polishing routine. Depending on usage, most marble floors usually need to be cleaned once or twice weekly. Polishing can be monthly or bi-monthly, then sealing every 6 months.

When you polish the floors, you use a special polishing compound and apply it gradually and evenly across the floor. The polish helps seal the floor and prevent staining–but it wears off over time and usage. Ensure you remove all stains before polishing your floors, as the polish will seal them in. If your marble has been damaged or stained and needs restoration, we can help you with that.

Buffing vs Polishing

In between polishing’s you can use a soft cloth or towel to buff up the appearance of your floor and get that lovely shine back.

The Easiest Way to Clean, Polish and Buff Your Marble Floors

If this all sounds like a lot of work, we would love to make it easy for you–give us a call on 954-578-3600 or request a free quote online. You can even book us to come and clean your marble floors just after your holiday party!

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