L.C.S. offers a range of marble floor restoration services for the Tampa Bay area including removing etch marks from marble flooring, removing lippage from marble floors, properly sealing marble floors and polishing marble.
Marble floors with scratches and extremely worn areas are restored using a wet diamond grinding and honing process. A series of diamond impregnated abrasives are used to resurface the marble floor. A Penetrating Sealer which is also referred to an impregnator is then applied to provide stain resistance to the marble. The last step in refinishing is a 2 part polishing process that creates a hard, glass shine.
Marble floors should be cleaned with a neutral cleaner. A neutral cleaner for marble is a cleaner that has a ph of 7. The best place to buy a neutral cleaner for your polished marble is from your marble restoration company or your local janitorial supply store. A common mistake made when cleaning marble is the use of non-neutral liquids such as vinegar and tile grout cleaners. These liquids will “etch” the marble, removing the polish.
Marble Etch Marks
As described earlier marble reacts with acidic solutions resulting in etching. Etch marks appear on marble as dull spots in the floor. Therefore it is best to avoid spills such as vinegar, toilet bowl cleaner, tile grout cleaner, orange juice etc. Most etch marks can be fixed by a stone care professional using a polishing process. In some cases the etching is severe enough to require a honing process to the marble. For assistance with etch marks in your marble floors please call our office at (813) 948-6800.
Marble Lippage Removal
Lippage is a condition where one edge of a stone is higher than adjacent edges, giving the finished surface an uneven appearance. Severe lippage uneven tiles, toekicks) in marble floors can be removed by an aggressive wet grinding process used to flatten the floor in order to achieve a monolithic appearance. Another option to address minor lippage in marble flooring is to use a less aggressive honing process to round off the sharp edges.
The last step in refinishing marble floors is a polishing process that creates a hard, glass shine. This polishing process is not a wax finish that yellows, scratches easily and must be stripped off and re-waxed often. The final polish used on marble flooring is scratch, scuff and UV resistant.
Marble floors should be sealed with a Penetrating Sealer which is also referred to as an Impregnator. This sealer repels oil and water providing stain resistance to marble floors. A topical sealer should never be used on marble as it will hide the true beauty of your marble floors and create a covering that yellows, scratches and wears out quickly.
Q. How much does it cost to polish marble floors?
A. Due to varying conditions of each marble floor an on-site evaluation is recommended for an accurate quote.
Call our office at (813) 948-6800 for more information or to make an appointment for this free quote.
Q. Is vinegar a good cleaning agent for polished marble?
A. A common myth is that vinegar is a proper cleaner for polished marble floors. In fact vinegar removes the polish from floors and etches the marble. Vinegar dulls the shine and dries the stone making it brittle. Therefore homeowners should NOT use vinegar as a daily cleaner. Only a neutral cleaner specific for polished marble should be used during mopping. Call L.C.S. for more information about purchasing an appropriate neutral cleaner.
Q. I recently had marble floors installed in my home but the floor has an unfinished look. How can I fix this hazy, blotchy appearance?
A. Many installers have little or no knowledge of properly cleaning, sealing and polishing marble floors. Common mistakes include leaving a grout residue on the surface of the tile, sealing over dirt and/or using an incorrect sealer or polish. Stone Specialists such as ourselves routinely work with many home builders and home owners to properly clean, seal and polish travertine floors.
Q. What should I use to clean my polished marble floors?
A. Daily maintenance involves dust mopping frequently and wet mopping with a neutral cleaner. Use a clean mop that is solely used on the polished marble floors. It is also best to change the water often to limit streaking. Only a neutral cleaner specific for polished marble should be used to clean the floors. The best place to buy a neutral cleaner for your polished marble is from your marble restoration company or your local janitorial supply store. A common mistake made when cleaning marble is the use of non-neutral liquids such as vinegar and tile grout cleaners. These liquids will “etch” the marble, removing the polish.
Q. How do I choose the best company for my marble restoration project?
A. Unlike buying a product that is the same from one company to another, purchasing a service such as marble restoration requires a clear understanding of each company. First narrow your search to only those companies specializing in stone restoration. Next understand what each company proposes to do. To choose the best specialist you must become an informed consumer so ask many questions. If you only compare prices you may be cheating yourself out of the best job. Finally find out who will be doing the actual work. There’s a big difference in having the owner on-site than just a sub-contractor or employee with much less experience.
Here are some questions to ask before hiring a company:
- Is the company privately owned or a franchise?
- Is the company certified in stone restoration?
- Does this company specialize in stone or try to cover a wide range of services?
- Who will be doing the actual work?
L.C.S. differs from others in many ways including: over 24 years of experience in the Tampa Bay area, specialization and certification for stone restoration, and quality customer service through owner operation.
Q. What is the maintenance procedure for polished marble floors?
A. One of the greatest benefits of marble restoration is the maintenance. Unlike the initial refinishing, maintenance re-polishing is done only in high traffic areas at a fraction of the cost of restoration. The maintenance procedure involves a simple spray-buff re-polishing of traffic areas as needed. Proper maintenance by a stone professional is the most important part of keeping your floor looking its best and protecting the investment of your initial restoration.
If you have these problems or any other questions about your marble floors, call the stone specialists
at L.C.S. (813) 948-6800 for a free evaluation.
Do’s & Don’ts
- DO Dust mop marble floors frequently.
- DO Clean marble floors with a neutral cleaner.
- DO Thoroughly rinse and dry the floors after washing.
- DO Blot up spills from marble immediately.
- DO Protect marble floor surfaces with non-slip mats or area rugs and countertop
surfaces with coasters, trivets or placemats.
- DO Place felt protectors under chair and table legs.
- DO Contact L.C.S., Inc. when traffic areas become slightly worn to re-polish.
- DON’T Use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids.
- DON’T Use cleaners that contain acid such as bathroom cleaners, grout cleaners
or tub & tile cleaners.
- DON’T Use abrasive cleaners such as dry cleansers or soft cleansers.
- DON’T Apply a topical sealer or wax.
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