This post is about a marble polishing and restoration job from Sherbourne, Warwickshire. The customer called us because her kitchen/dining floors were dull and dirty.
We could see that the floor was in good physical condition, but over time:
the original deep shine had worn away, leaving the tiles looking dull.
Ingrained soil made the floor look soiled and difficult to clean
The cream grout looked dark and ugly.
Are you searching for professional marble polishing Birmingham? Polished white marble makes a beautiful floor covering. However, this beauty can quickly fade when scratches and ingrained soil starts to show. Once the original finish starts to fade, the only way to bring the polish back is to call on the services of a professional marble polishing company like Abbey Floor Care. This post describes marble polishing services we performed in Edgebaston, Birmingham B15. The white marble floor was dull and scratched with discoloured grout. We were hired to restore the floor back to its original clean, polished finish. [toc] Main Issues With The Marble Floor The marble floor had lost its polish Scuffs and scratches from foot traffic have damaged the shine on the tiles leaving them dull and dirty. In many areas the white grouting is dirty and stained. Thus making the tiles appear as though they are not being cared for and more and more difficult to keep clean. Hairline cracks The fine cracks are too fine to fill, but they can be made cleaner and less obvious. Uneven tiles Soiled Grout & Areas of Lost Grout The original grout had not been sealed, consequently, there was a lot of stained grout. There was also areas where the homeowner had tried to remove dirty grout and replace it with new clean grout, but this new grout was starting to break away. There were also areas where the grout had come out completely. Start By Protecting Walls & Static Furniture Marble grinding and honing is a messy process and is it easy to splash slurry onto adjoining surfaces. To stop the splashes causing any damage, we always install plastic sheeting over adjoining walls and static furniture like kitchen cupboards, fridges etc. Marble Grinding, Honing and Polishing Process There was quite a lot of lippage (uneven tiles) on the floor and quite a few tile edges were over 2mm difference in height to the next tile. Also, there were a number of areas with deep scratches from furniture. With this amount of lippage and the number of deep scratches, it would be impossible to get an even polish without grinding the floor smoothOur We started with 30 grit sintered metal diamond tooling. This aggressive tooling needs only a couple of passes to remove the surface of the marble leaving a smooth rough finish, ready for honing and polishing Once the whole floor had been ground smooth we honed the floor through 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 and 3000 grit stages, preparing the tiles for their final polish. Then we used marble powder polish to create a deep shine. The grinding had exposed some thin grout, so we filled them with superfine white grout Grinding the floor had reduced the height of the tiles to the level of the grout, creating a monolithic or single surface. This means that cleaning and maintenance a breeze with no deep grout lined to capture dirt. Marble Sealing With An Impregnating Sealer We finished by sealing the floor…Read More
Hello this is Abbey Floor Care and we are in Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire, restoring a marble tile floor. The main issues with the floor were: In the walk areas, the finish was dull and scuffed. A number of deep scratches and ugly etch marks from acidic spills The tiles were quite uneven, and the difference in some areas was over 3mm, which is quite excessive. The grout was quite a lot lower than the surface and difficult to clean. So over the years it had become stained and discoloured. We started by installing protective sheeting to the walls and adjoining rooms to protect them from splashes from the work area. Grinding The Marble Tiles The first job was to get rid of the lippage on the floor by diamond grinding. We used 30 grit sintered metal diamond tooling on our planetary machine. We added weights to the machine to speed up the grinding. The grinding machine weighed in at 125kg, a heavy piece of kit. If the tiles had been relatively even, we can feather the grinding up to 25 to 50mm from the wall, reducing the cost of the restoration. However the tiles were so uneven that we had to grind right to the edge of the floor, otherwise there would have been 3 to 4mm tile edges sticking above the floor. The grinding machine grinds close to the wall, but not right up to the edge of the wall, it grinds to 3 to 4 mm from the wall. So we ground the edges of the floor using a combination of hand grinding and machine grinding. Honing The Marble Tiles Once the whole floor finished we progressively honed the floor through 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 and 3000 grit stages. Then we used marble powder polish to create a beautiful shine. Grinding the floor had reduced the height of the tiles to the level of the grout, creating a monpolithic or single surface. This will make cleaning and maintenance a breeze, as there are no deep grout lined to capture dirt. Applying Impregnating Sealer To The Marble Tiles We finished off treating the floor with impregnating sealer to further protect the floor and the grout from staining and to aid cleaning. The floor now looks beautiful and shiny, better even than the day it was installed. Cleaning and Maintenance To Keep The Tiles Looking Beautiful We carefully explained the importance of looking after the floor properly. It is important to use the correct stone floor cleaning chemicals, as standard floor cleaners will strip away the sealer, leaving the tiles porous and difficult to keep clean. Using the correct cleaners will enhance and extend the life of the finish, leaving the floor beautiful for years to come. If you would like your marble floor or any other kind of stone floor restoring to a beautiful finish call Abbey on 0800 695 0180 or complete the simple contact form. https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/117211842065050210332/+AbbeyfloorcareCoUk1/about Abbey Floor Care Burton upon Trent Staffordshire United Kingdom 01283…Read More
This video shows how we ground and polished marble tiles for a client in Nottingham. For a FREE estimate to have your marble floor polished back to a beautiful glossy shine contact Abbey on 0800 696 0180 or complete our simple Conact formRead More
Hello this is Abbey Floor Care and we are near Solihull, Birmingham restoring a marble windowsill and a white marble vanity unit. On the windowsill there were three areas where the sill has been heavily abraded during installation. There were also surface scratches and some etch marks from soap and product containers. The vanity unit had etch marks from soap and product containers. Restoring the marble windowsill The abrasions could be honed and polished, however owing to the depth of the damage we recommended that the majority of the sill was re-ground and polished to give the surface an even appearance. Applying an impregnating sealer will help protect the marble from splashes and spills, but it will not protect it from acidic splashes and spills. As the windowsill is in a bathroom it is highly likely it will be damaged in the future from acidic liquid soap spills. So we recommended applying a new acid resistant surface sealer totally protects marble against acid spills for a period of two to five years. Our customer decided on the acid resistant protection. We started by installing protective plastic sheeting on the ground floor, over the staircase, landing and into the bathroom to protect it from soiling as we went to and from the work area. We also installed protective sheeting to the surrounding walls, and floor, to protect them from splashes and spills from the work area. We started by honing the abrasion marks,scratches and etch marks starting with 100 grit diamond pads. We continued through the grits, finishing with 3,000 grit to confirm the final finish. We then abraded the whole finish to a 2,500 grit to provide a key for the acid resistant sealer. The sealer was carefully applied to the windowsill and left to 30 minutes to cure to a hard finish. Restoring the white marble vanity unit We followed the same procedure in laying down protection o the carpets leading the the second bathroom and protecting the walls and floor around the marble vanity unit. The we followed the same procedure as with the windowsill to remove the etch marks, prepare the marble vanity unit for sealing and applying the acid resistant sealer. Our client was advised of the importance not to put anything back on the windowsill and the vanity unit for the next 72 hours as the sealer needs that time to fully cure. A surface sealer does not give the deep lustrous gloss that you get with powder polishing. Nut the finish is still a beautiful high gloss and it is now resistant to acid spills, so no more ugly etch marks. If you would like your marble or any other kind of stone floor restoring to a beautiful finish call Abbey on 0800 695 0180 or complete our simple contact form on www.abbeyfloorcare.co.uk. https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/117211842065050210332/+AbbeyfloorcareCoUk1/about Abbey Floor Care Burton upon Trent Staffordshire United Kingdom 01283 440142 http://www.abbeyfloorcare.co.uk To see other examples of our marble restoration services, please check this out – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJO9qB85iGplccZQXMclDAT04-dW6QYyORead More
Are you finding it difficult to clean your marble shower walls? If you have any of these problems, then this informations will make your life so much easier. The Problem With Marble As A Shower Wall Marble and any other calcium based stones such as limestone or travertine can easily be damaged by everyday cleaning soaps, shampoos and conditioners because they contain acids. Acids dissolve calcium, creating a rough dull surface. This means that any time an acidic shampoo is used in the shower, it will damage the surface of the marble. To help combat this problem the usual solution is to use an impregnating sealer on the marble, and keep it topped up every few months. Unfortunately impregnating sealers do not prevent acidic spills etching the marble. So over time dull spots will start to appear. The Solution – Marble Wax The solution is really quite a simple one. If you rub marble wax into the stone it will offer greater protection against acid attack because it forms a thin acid resistant film on the surface of the stone. The wax also makes the surface of honed marble and travertine slippier, so water runs off it better. It’s just like the effect when you wax your car and the water then beads up on the surface. Like impregnation sealers, marble wax is not a permanent solution. You still need to top it up every three to six months depending on the use of the shower. Nevertheless, many of our customers find it a brilliant solution to dull shower walls. How To Use Marble Wax Before applying marble wax make sure the walls are dry. Marble wax is best applied using 0000 fine grade wire wool. It can be applied by a cloth, but the cloth can “pull” on the, making the work harder than it needs to be. After ten to twenty minutes the wax will have dried ready for buffing. Again fine wire wool is ideal for buffing the wax to a sheen or a polish. Once you have finished be sure to vacuum the area to remove all spent wire wool fibers, because if they get wet and go rusty, they will stain the marble. Marble wax can also be useful in protecting marble window sills and vanity units. If you want help with your marble shower walls, then please contact us here, or call us on 0800 695 1080Read More
We often get asked questions about what part honing plays in stone restoration stone so we have put together this short introduction to marble and stone honing and its importance in cleaning stone and marble floors and as a preparation for polishing stone floors, esepcially marble, terrazzo, travertine and limestone. However honing is also a great cleaning aid for all kinds of stone as long as you are experienced the different kinds of honing. New Honed and Polished Tiles Smooth honed or polished stone tiles go through various finishing processes at the factory to to achieve a smooth honed or polished finish. The result is a beautiful surface that you fall in love with Stone Wear Over time your beautiful stone floor will wear from foot traffic, furniture scratches and etch marks from spills. The result is an dull scratched surface that gets increasingly difficult to keep clean. What Is Honing? Honing is a process where silicon carbide or diamond particles are rubbed over the surface to remove a minute amount of stone. In the process they remove or smooth out scratches and ingrained soil. Honing grit is graded according to its size and the larger the grit the more stone it removes from the surface. There are three kinds of honing. Powder Honing Honing powders are mixed with water and rubbed over the stone using rotating brushes. Powder honing is ideal for very uneven floors or where the grout is dirty. The brush can push the powder deep into grout lines to remove ingrained soil. Progressively finer honing powders can be used to achieve a quite a high sheen. Pad Honing In recent years pads impregnated diamond dust have become very popular for commercial flooring. They achieve the same finish as powder honing, they are less messy for the operator and they need less experience in floor care to use them. Many supermarkets now use extremely fine diamond impregnated pads to maintain the shine on their terrazzo floors. Hard honing Hard honing uses hard resin disks impregnated with honing diamonds. Like powder and pad honing they are excellent at removing surface scratches and ingrained dirt however they create a much smoother finish and are ideal as preparation for final polishing. Hard honing is not suited to uneven floors as the disks can chip tile edges and the tile edges can damage the disks. There are best used after a floor has been ground smooth. So to re-cap, powder and pad honing is ideal for deep cleaning a dirty stone floor and removing or smoothing out small scratches. Powder honing is also ideal for cleaning very uneven floors and deep grout lines. Hard honing is best suited to smooth or nearly smooth floors. It is mainly used as preparation before final polishing. I hope this has introduction has been useful. If you need more information, then please check out he rest of our site, or if you’re in the UK, call us on 0800 695 0180Read More
Dull marble tiles can be really frustrating; soil gets trapped in the scratches, no amount of mopping gets them clean and it looks as though you are neglecting your floor. This marble floor in Tooting South London WS17 was no exception and our customer was desperate to bring the shine back to her floor. In this situation, our customer had a few particular issues to solve. the floor had started to go dull in the high traffic areas there where quite a lot of dull etch marks that customer was becoming increasingly frustrated with because they were very visible compared to the shine on the surrounding stone. the grout lines were soiled and the customer had damaged the finish on the tiles where they had cleaned the grout. This picture shows part of the dining area next to patio doors. You can see how the marble is dull and in need of cleaning and polishing. This room shows how the surface of the marble has worn, with micro scratching from foot traffic, taking the shine away from the marble The tiles had been laid quite well but there was lippage up to 2mm in places. This image demonstrates the problems that can happen with uneven marble tiles or lippage. The arrows show that 4 adjoining tiles are all sloping in different directions. This means that where a tile is say 2mm high in one plane, it is also 2mm at the other end – the difference of 4mm needs to be ground away. If an adjoining tile slopes 1mm lower than the adjoining tile, then 5mm has to be ground away to make a floor smooth. In this case there were two options: 1. Machine grind the floor and hand grind the edges to remove all lippage and create a monolithic floor, then hone and polish. 2. Do not grind, but rely on aggressive honing to remove scratches and light lippage up to around 1mm and smooth the edges of deeper lippage and then re-polish. In this situation the client decided against grinding as there were a number of small rooms and the amount of edge grinding brought the cost outside of the client’s budget. We first applied protective tape to the skirting boards. We started by honing the floor starting with 50 grit resin bond diamond disks, then 120 grit, 200 grit, 400 grit and 800 grit disks. This kind of honing disk contains the diamonds within the resin and new diamonds are gradually exposed as the resin wears. The honing disks were placed on a flexible carrier plate so they could follow the contours of the floor without chipping the edges of the individual marble tiles. This creates an even smooth finish. They removed around 1 mm of stone. As the floor was not initially ground smooth, there were some areas of “picture framing” where the edges of some tiles were too low to be honed. The image above demonstrates how the edges of the 4 tiles are too low for…Read More
Marble restoration means different things to different people from cleaning marble tiles, to marble polishing to marble grinding. If you have uneven scratched marble tiles, they they will need to be restored by grinding them to make them smooth before honing and polishing. Click HERE or Call 0800 695 0180 Now Marble restoration is a considered investment costing anywhere from £30 to £50 per square meter, depending on the condition of the floor and the type of marble. The restoration process starts with grinding the marble with quite coarse diamond tooling. The marble grinding equipment will grind away the surface of the marble tiles until the floor is smooth, with no lippage or uneven tiles The grinding process usually leaves the grout flush with the surface of the marble, making them much easier to keep clean. Marble grinding is done with heavy weight (85kg+) diamond grinding machinery. The best finish is achieved using a planetary grinding head. Marble Repair Marble can have many problems; from holes, chips, cracks and stuns. They show themselves as holes or voids in the marble The voids can be filled with colour matched fillers depending on the nature of the damage, the fillers may beed to be left to harden – usually 24 hours – and the repair may need to be lightly ground to remove excess filler from the surface of the marble If the marble filler is not flush with the marble surface, the area is filled for a second time and left to harden. Again the surface is lightly ground to remove and excess filler and the floor is usually smooth after a second filling.Read More
If you are disappointed with the marble sealer on your marble floors, don’t worry… …you are not alone. This advice about sealing marble will help you choose the right sealer for your marble floors Don’t Put A Surface or Topical Sealer On Polished Marble This polished marble floor was sealed with a topical sealer. Topical sealers will not stick to a polished surface. So the floor looks awful. The answer is to strip away residual sealer and then apply an impregnating sealer. In most cases however, spots and stains on marble floors are not the result of the wrong or a bad sealer. It is usually a result of not understanding the advantages and limitations of marble sealers. That is assuming you have actually sealed your marble floor! What a Marble Sealer Can Do Help stop water penetrating the surface Help stop oil penetrating the surface Make cleaning easier and more efficient Help prevent water and oil penetrating the grout What A Marble Sealer Can Not Do Prevent a water stain penetrating into the stone if it is not wiped up. Prevent acid spills from breaking through the surface and dissolving the marble, causing dull etch marks Stop scratching from foot borne soil and grit Make the surface of the marble harder and more resistant to scratching So Why Seal Your Marble Floor Tiles Whilst marble is quite a dense stone, it is a porous natural stone. So oil and water spills will penetrate if they left on the surface. The porosity of marble is also significantly influenced by the finish. Liquids will penetrate a matt honed finish more quickly than a highly polished marble. So it is important for a marble floor to be sealed to preserve its appearance. The kind of sealer you need depends on the finish of the marble and how you maintain your marble. Sealing Polished Marble Floors Polished marble should be sealed with a high penetration, impregnating sealer. An impregnating sealers makes no difference to the look or finish on the marble. Sealing Honed Marble Floors You have a choice with honed marble. If you prefer to retain the flat matt appearance, then penetrating impregnating sealer is your ideal choice. However if you prefer to have the option of applying a surface sealer. The surface sealer will affect the appearance, giving a light sheen. If you want a shiny finish without the cost of diamond polishing your marble floor, you can have gloss sealer. Whichever marble sealer you choose it is almost impossible to protect your marble against acid attack. Protecting Marble Floors from Acid Etching Marble and other calcium based stones like travertine and limestone and terrazzo are vulnerable to acid etching. Unlike dose stones like granite, marble is instantly etched (dissolved) by any acidic substance it comes into contact with – vinegar, cola, lemon juice, wine, champagne, milk. The best advice is don’t spill anything on a marble floor. If you do spill anything take immediate action Clean up any spills…Read More