Marble is a hard metamorphic rock derived from limestone. Available in many colours, marble is often used for its beauty and lifespan.
Marble floors can be found in many types of building, having been a popular choice in many styles of design. This material is formed from limestone being subjected to huge heat and pressure in the earth’s crust. Limestone itself is formed from the sedimentation of mostly organic, calcium based matter. Marble can be used to stunning effect and has the potential to last generations, but it does require some care and attention to maintain its appearance and ensure a worthy lifespan.
Marble can be honed to produce a number of finishes, all of which depend on the fact that it is such a hard substance that it can be used to create a very smooth surface. By creating a surface that is incredibly smooth on a microscopic level, marble reflects light and delivers an elegant sheen. Inevitably, this smooth surface will suffer wear on a small scale. With dust, dirt and grit being trodden into the floor, the surface gets very slightly scratched, resulting in a less reflective surface.
The nature of this calcium based rock is that is is very vulnerable to being stained and etched by acids. Even the acidity of of drinks such as fruit juice can leave a lasting mark if not properly dealt with.
How we maintain the floor
Our experience and equipment enables us to achieve the best possible results for your marble floor. Every type of natural stone has it’s own unique traits and we will assess and identify the best technique for your situation. We use a multi-stage process that removes any existing sealant and treats significant stains or marks as thoroughly as possible. We then use a number of techniques and products to achieve a high quality finish
Marble surfaces can show wear quite quickly, but can be rapidly restored by honing and polishing. Honing gives a satin smooth surface with little light reflection, whereas a polished finish has a glossy surface that reflects light, which can dramatically emphasise the colours and markings in the marble.
- Tile & Stone Medic not only clean and seal marble, but we can also restore it by honing or polishing to remove the scratches and etching that happens during general use.
- The process is simple and safe and leaves no mess at all.
FAQs: Marble Cleaning
Absolutely! This is one of the most common issues with marble since installations are typically taken to a high level of sheen. Our rotary polishers will have no problem restoring the shine.
Yes, if you’re looking for a less reflective or matt finish we can take care of this.
No, typically these veins run all the way through marble, so removing abrasions from the surface has little to no effect on the amount of veins in the stone.
Yes certainly, this is one of our key services.
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.
Examples of this floor-type from our work
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.