How Do I Repair and Restore Bathroom Marble?

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
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Hairspray
  • Perfume
  • Cologne
  • Contact Lens Solution

Tips to Preserve the Sheen of Your Bathroom Stone:

  • Coasters
  • 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:

  • Cracks
  • Breaks
  • Holes
  • Chips

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.

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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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Why You Should Clean Your Marble Floors After a Holiday Party

After a holiday party, one of your number one priorities should be cleaning your marble floors. Read on to learn why and how to do it.

After 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.

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 (866) 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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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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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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Damaged Marble Floors Can Look New Again With Our Professionals

Marble-FloorsOver time, marble tends to lose its luster and shine due to natural wear and tear. In high foot-traffic zones of your home or business, marble floors can look dull and discolored. This is completely natural and is nothing out of the ordinary, as marble is a natural stone that is more susceptible damage than manmade stones. Shine can also fade in areas that have been water damaged, as water that has been left for a prolonged period of time on marble will eventually discolor it.

Damaged marble floors can be easily restored with the help of our professional marble cleaning services. Our industry specific experts are seasoned in all things marble. With specific technique and the appropriate materials, our crew will work to restore your marble floors from the damage they exhibit.

Professional Marble Restoration Repairs Dull and Scratched Marble

Many people have skewed ideas on how to clean and polish marble. If done incorrectly, you run the risk of ruining your floors even further. In turn, you will be paying a hefty price to restore them or even more pricey, replacing them. This is why it is always beneficial to contact our team of knowledgeable and experienced professionals for marble restoration and polishing in Miami. Marble comes in all different shapes, sizes, and grains, and not every single variety of marble should be cleaned or restored the same way. Through careful evaluation of the damage that needs to be repaired, professionals in the field can easily identify the usual and figure out the correct course of action.

No matter what type of marble or natural stone that you have, all of it requires regular maintenance and care. Whether it is floors, countertops, shower walls, or vanities, marble needs routine upkeep in order to preserve its natural beauty.

Store-bought products may be the worst option when looking to clean or restore your floors. Etching is caused when the wrong cleaning or restoration products are used on floors, which can easily ruin them, making them even duller. Generic cleaning supplies such as vinegar and bleach will only make your floor look spotty as these are extremely harmful to natural stone. Your best bet is to contact industry experts so that you can obtain beautiful shiny floors without running the risk of ruining them. Cleaning floors on your own can be a weekend-long task that involves some backbreaking work.

Contact Us For Marble Restoration in Miami

Contact us today at 866-578-3600 for professional marble restoration in Miami. Our professionals in have all of the best machinery to get the job done in a timely and consistent matter, taking the worry off of you.

 

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Tis the Season to Polish Your Marble, Fa-la-la-la…

Marble-HomeThe holiday season is almost here; and, if you plan on having guests at your home or festivities involving large numbers of people, you want your home to look its best. Why go to all the trouble to clean and decorate 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. This holiday season, make your home shine! This time of year gets very busy, so you may wish to have your marble resurfaced or polished now rather than later, so call today to get on the schedule.

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Terazzo Cleaning In Fort Lauderdale Will Polish Your Floors

Numerous people, these days are making their old terrazzo floors beautiful again with some floor polishing in Boca Raton and polished terrazzo floors can lend your home an old-styled charm that the majority of contemporary dwellings lack. A few of such floors, with the passage of time, have started losing their sheen, even as others have had a diverse floor layer built on them. Such occurrences are regrettable as such floors are very well-known for their resilience and easy maintenance.

Cleaning and polishing

Whether you want to restore the terrazzo floor of your historic house or want to preserve your business property, there are several companies that can be of help to you.  Their panel of skilled stone craftsmen can bring terrazzo floors back to their original striking appearance. Your Terrazzo floor might have become dull with time, or is seeing the light following a length of time under the tile or carpet. Whatever the case is, terrazzo cleaning in Fort Lauderdale offered by companies aid in bringing it back to life.

Repair of Marble Chips and cracks

Just like Terrazzo floors, marble floors are long-lasting and look great on being maintained properly. Marble floors in your room can suffer from chips and cracks. Are you a victim of chipped, cracked or broken marble tiles? If so, you should consider the services of marble repair in Miami before you have your marble tile replaced. The companies offering this service are capable of blending the chipped tiles perfectly into other tiles and polishing it back to complement the finish that the rest of your marble flooring, counter or additional surface have.

The method of repairing

The repairing of Marble Chips and cracks involves several steps. In the first step, the chips are graded by size for matching the original chips. This is followed by analysis and determination of the Mix of chips for ensuring the repair blends. Subsequently, the color and type of stone is sorted and matched, and the color of the epoxy is assessed. Following this analysis, a color-match epoxy resin is made especially with marble chips of the proper type, dimension, and color.

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Steps for Proper Marble Restoration in South Florida Homes

It is not a daunting task to maintain the quality and services of marble surfaces if you are well acquainted with some of the major points and steps, which are to follow. There are a few steps, which can best be completed by a professional marble restoration company such as Classic Marble Restoration, Inc. Through using a professional company, you are guaranteed promising results.

The First Step to Follow

When you have finally decided to restore the value of your marble flooring, you are asked to opt for the grinding session, as the first move. This can be defined as a dynamic and powerful step, and this can also be defined under other names like lippage removal and even lippage flattening. There are some tiles, as availed under the newly installed marble floors, and those are known for lower and upper flatness. By completing this step, you can remove these roughness ledges.

Additional Steps

After you have gone through the grinding stage, next is the honing stage. This step is mainly associated with marble polishing, and this step can help in smoothing the marble flooring with the help of industrial diamonds. This is mainly used to bring the shine level higher. Honing can be well used in order to remove stains, scratches and even offer the owners with a uniform appearance. There are some instances when you need nothing extra other than honing services.

Final Steps

Other than the two steps already mentioned, you might have to go through the last two important steps. It is easier to hire a professional marble cleaning company to save time and resources. The third step is also stated as polishing and the last and fourth step is considered to be buffing or crystallization. There are few precautionary measures, which you need to be acquainted with, while following the right detailing of the marble floors, of all time. These are some of the reliable solutions for your use.

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