Marble is one of the most used flooring material whether it’s hospitals, shopping malls, or five star hotels. This natural stone is not only beautiful but it offers many other advantages over wood, carpet and even many other stone materials.
Nowadays, marbles are valued high because of its easiness to install as well as maintain. However, after a couple of years of installation, it will be required for the beautiful marble to be repaired, cleaned or to go through other restoration activities. There are many reasons why you should restore your marble floors, and the most important reason is to enhance the appearance of your flooring system.
The restoration process typically takes 4 steps which you will find described below.
Step 1: Prepare the floor for flattening or leveling
This is an important step which involves grinding and leveling the floor. Grinding is the process by which the surface is sanded by the use of abrasives (diamond discs) to remove large stocks of stones. It’s called lip page leveling or flattening, since this process is usually recommended when stone tiles contain lip page. Majestic Deep Cleaning Stripper Degreaser is used to remove wax or tropical coatings. It removes all ledges, roughness and brings flatness to the marble floors. It is recommended to mop or brush onto surface, and let it stay for 5 to 20 minutes, and agitate with machine or brush, and rinse well.
Step 2: Honing
Honing involves final finishing operation conducted to a surface finish using abrasive stones or pads to remove minute amounts of material to sharpen or smooth with a whetstone. Honing of the floor is done to bring smoothness on the marble floor with industrial diamonds, which brings up more shine to the marble but it will not remove lip page (uneven tiles)
Step 3: Polish the floor
Polishing is done by using industrial diamonds, but small graded, than the ones used while honing. Polishing gives a shine effect to the marble floor.
Polishing the floor includes following steps:
- Protect all surrounding surfaces with a poly protector.
- Select an area for polishing process to begin. It is important to lightly wet the floor with clean water and place a ¼ cup of compound in the center of area to be worked.
- Use a natural pad and work the area with a 175/300 ppm floor machine-weighted pad driver. The consistency of the slurry should be fluid enough to achieve even coverage. If the slurry becomes too dry, add water as needed.
- After making several side to side passes, squeeze back slurry to determine that the marble is polished at a consistent level.
- Again, wet back slurry, rinse with plenty of clean water and wet/dry again.
Step 4: Crystallize the floor
Crystallization is a chemical transformation of the floor surface, similar to the conventional polishing of marble at the factory. This process protects the marble while preserving the color and the brightness of the stone and involves spraying a fluid onto the marble floor and buffing it in with steel wool under a buffing machine. The advantage of this process is that it protects the surface of stone, adds shine and may even harden the stone, increasing its wear. It is recommended to do some research. But, it is strongly recommended to do some research before crystallizing your floor because overtime crystallizing the surface can actually damage the stone.
Note: It is extremely important that the above processes are to be carried out only by a trained team who are thoroughly familiar with it.
Well, you have the overall steps of restoration of marble. Just follow the instructions closely. It is our hope that has informed you enough to influence restoration of marble. If you are still unclear about the processes, feel free to a credible flooring contractor about this.