Marble is a ‘relative’ of limestone. It is derived from the same basic material that is then reshaped under extreme heat and pressure in the earth’s crust. Available in a variety of colours, marble is enjoyed by people around the world due to its smooth, elegant appearance and long lasting beauty.
Marble surfaces can create wonderful statement pieces in many different environments and should be carefully maintained, not only for posterity, but to make certain that they continue to have such a stunning effect. Our services cover a range of jobs, depending on your specific needs. Natural variation in the formation and use of marble mean we tailor our services to provide the best possible solution.
Marble floor cleaning
Marble has a relatively smooth surface, which means it has less cracks and crevices that collect dust and dirt. As with all floors however, with time it will gather its fair share of muck. At Tile & Stone Medic we have a range of cutting edge equipment and cleaning solutions to use to remove this accumulated grime. Care must be taken when using domestic vacuum cleaners to clean marble flooring since some use hard plastic wheels which can scratch and scrape a floor. If the wrong attachments are used this can also cause damage, so if in any doubt always consult with a profession, marble is a sought-after and fantastic floor material, one not worth risking.
Marble floor finishing
We can help you achieve a range of finishes to get your marble floor looking exactly as you want it. Honing marble creates a satin smooth surface with little light reflection, whereas a polished finish offers a glossy surface that reflects light. A gloss finish dramatically emphasises the colours and markings on the marble. Tile & Stone Medic Birmingham can help you with a one off cleaning and restoration job, or work with you on a long term maintenance plan, ensuring your marble will look its absolute best for many years to come.
Marble floor restoration
Marble is still slightly porous and so can be vulnerable to staining. It is a stunning natural rock, but can be easily etched by acids since it has an alkali composition. So spills from fruit juices, carbonated drinks or other acidic substances can cause lasting damage if not dealt with promptly. Whatever the spill, we always recommend our customers clean it up as an urgent priority in order to get the most from their marble floor. Applying the correct sealant and replacing this sealant before it is eventually worn away is essential to protect the stone itself from harm. A marble floor can lose its shine over time and this is often due to tiny scratches in the surface. We provide a polishing service for your marble floor to bring it back to a smooth sheen, restoring a stunning finish.
Tile & Stone Medic Birmingham not only clean and seal marble, but we can also restore it by honing or polishing to treat scratches and etching marks. The process is simple, safe and carried out according to your specific needs.
Because all floors require their own individual needs, perhaps different cleaning solutions, strippers and sealers it is impossible to give an average cost. Some areas of floor are very large and again this will have an impact on the costings as they may take longer to restore. Tile & Stone Medic will either arrrange an onsite visit to assess the floor in question, or, if we do not have local cover in that area, we will talk to you in more detail over the phone and perhaps request that you down load some pictures of the floor to us.
We apply a sealer to a floor in order to protect it. Different types of floor, both manmade and natural stone, are vulnerable to different sorts of damage. They can all be harmed by chemicals to a certain degree, even by the acid in food and drink spillages, as they will be very slightly porous. As well as this, they can be worn away by physical damage. Even foot traffic can have a big impact if dust or grit has built up on the floor, since it increases abrasions. A sealant will reduce the chance of a spill becoming a stain by reducing the floor’s ability to absorb liquids. It can also help protect the appearance of the floor by forming a protective barrier. A sealant won’t prevent all damage and it will still wear away over time, but it will help your floors last longer, helping protect your investment. Sealants will even help protect your floor from UV radiation which can lead to fading over the lifespan of a high value stone or tiled floor. We can consult with you to find the best sealant for your floor and the type of use it gets to make sure it receives the best form of protection.
Absolutely. If this was not carried out by those who fitted the floor get in touch immediately to ensure that the appropriate protection can be applied as promptly as possible. We would recommend that this is carried out once the flooring is in place as this means the grout, which is generally more porous, will also be protected.
We have a range of high quality Faber products which will help protect your floors from damage. As every type of floor is different and has myriad uses, we will consult with you to work out the best way to protect your investment. We can apply topical sealants which form a protective layer on top of the floor, or if needed an impregnating sealant, which will be partially absorbed into the stone or tiles. There are many variations of these sealants and as each floor type has unique characteristics and vulnerabilities we can work with you to find and apply the the best kind of protection.
Firstly, a floor should always be sealed when it is first laid. Get in touch with us straight away if this hasn’t been carried out already. It will also need periodic sealing in order to protect the floor on an ongoing basis. How often sealing is required depends on a number of factors such as the specific material used for your flooring and the kind of use it has to survive. For example, a bathroom with natural tiles that is frequently exposed to water may require sealing more often than porcelain tiles in a kitchen. Frequent maintenance, such as sweeping and hoovering up the dust and grit that erodes floors when trodden on can help. Once the sealant is worn away, not only will scratches be more likely, the risk of staining or permanent damage from liquids is drastically increased as there is no protective layer to prevent absorption. If in doubt get in touch with our team of friendly technicians who can discuss your needs.
The process we carry out will depend on your specific floor and the use that it gets. There will be variations for different materials and the finish that you wish to achieve. The process will also be impacted by the full scale of work that we carry out, for example which types of cleaning and restoration are being performed. It is not unusual to apply several layers of sealant if this is necessary and appropriate.
We always work in the most considerate way possible. Work will be tailored to your needs and will fit around your schedule where possible. We avoid bringing loud or bulky machinery into your home and when a job is complete we thoroughly clean up after ourselves to leave your space looking as tidy as it did when we arrived.
Whilst we may use specialist chemicals in the course of our work, we can assure you that by the time we leave all residues will be gone and your tile or stone flooring will be perfectly safe for everyone to use. We work to extremely high standards of health and safety, conducting proper risk assessments where appropriate and never putting you or anyone else in danger.
Marble Floor Cleaning and Restoration Enquiries
We can appreciate you may not know where to start when cleaning floors and other hard surfaces. Don’t give up! We are your local professional Marble Floor Cleaning and Restoration service provider, so contact us today for expert advice and tips from our friendly operators.