Having a marble floor or tabletop can bring a pristine look to your home furnishings. However, because marble stone is soft in nature, it is susceptible to all types of scratches and stains wherever there is contact. A small nudge to your chair or even a drop of spilled orange juice can be more than sufficient to cause permanent damage to your beloved marble surface. Are you troubled by the stains and scratches on your marble? Thinking, “is there a marble polishing service near me?” Fret not! Beck and Call is here to help provide you with the knowledge you need.
Why do I have to polish marble surfaces in my home?
The first reason is increased density. By polishing the marble, you will increase the compression strength and hardness of the marble. This makes it more resistant to abrasion and impact from falling objects. The marble also benefits from improved durability and aesthetic appeal. The surface is less susceptible to chipping, cracks, or abrasions, resulting in a shiny and spotless surface for a significantly longer period of time. The polished marble maintains a fresh and shiny look and feel for many years.
A well-polished marble floor is also easier to clean, with minimal maintenance required. It is resistant to dust, oil, marks, water, and other substances that may cause stains. Once the surface is polished, regular maintenance is required less often.
Finally, marble polishing is highly recommended for households, hospitals, countertops, and hallways. It repels disease-causing microbes and pests, resulting in reduced bacterial, pest, and fungal growth.
Marble floor finishing
Newly-installed marble flooring may have irregularities just like parquet flooring. These will result in scratches over long periods of use. Hence, it is important to grind out the surface with a coarse diamond floor polishing pad. This will ensure flatness as early as possible. Increase the grit by using a finer pad layer-by-layer so that you first remove scratches and smoothen the surface before adding some shine to it. Further improvement can be made by chemically crystallizing the marble. Do seal the polished floor with a good sealing coat. This helps to waterproof the marble flooring.
Cleaning marble tabletops
If your table is not completely marbled, it’s a good idea to tape the area surrounding the marble. This helps avoid damage to non-marble surfaces. Clean the marble using a cotton cloth damp with mild detergent. Subsequently, you can also follow up with poultice application to remove pesky stains. Next, using a soft sponge, apply a small amount of polish to the marble, and add more if needed. Use a low-speed polisher to slowly polish a small part of the surface – ideally around 10 cm square. Work on small sections at a time so that the polish doesn’t turn dry and clump together. Finally, seal the marble tabletop to make it shine – but wait at least 24 hours before doing this.
What is the marble cleaning process?
Before the scheduled cleaning timing, remember to remove all items which are in contact with the marble floor. For instance, waste paper bins, carpets, and chairs. Heavy tables may be left in their original positions. There may also be vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping of the floor prior to commencement of the polishing. There may be the repair of major defects on the marble floor.
When should I do marble polishing?
Generally, your marble surfaces should be sent for service at least once every 5 years. This time span may vary according to usage, the damage inflicted, and the type of marble. Do note that different tools and techniques will be used to polish floors and tabletops.
The cleaning team at Beck and Call is highly experienced, with a positive and professional attitude. Feel free to engage us if you would need any help with your domestic cleaning or upholstery needs.