A very common problem with marble is that it marks very easily. Even if the marble tiles have been correctly protected, they are still sensitive to acid and similar harsh chemicals. Unfortunately there is no way to prevent marble tiles from acid etching.
Acid etching is when acid based products like flash or drinks such as coca cola are spilt on marble and left to sit for a period of time. These products will burn into the marble and the acid sensitive fossils on the marble or calcium content is etched into and as a result leaves a dull spot on the marble tile.
In the picture below you can see the out line of a flash bottle which leaked on the marble window ledge. As a result the wonderful polished finish has been dulled down and unsightly marks has been left on the tile.
Some times marks like this can be simply polished out. Tile shops such as Topps Tiles often sell small polishing kits which can be used for minor etch marks, dull stops or scratches in marble tiles. Unfortunately the customer had tried these kits but the acid based flash had eaten too deep into the stone for the marble repair kit to work. That’s why he called in the professionals.
The only way to remove this damage and dull spots from this marble was to diamond grind the tiles to complete refinish them. This is tricky work as it all has to be done by hand with a polishing machine. We refinished the stone using a 400 grit completely grind the tile and remove all the damage. This leave the tile very dull looking. The Imperial Floor Care Stone restorer then moved through the grits to make the stone smoother and smoother. A 800, 1500, and 3000 grit was applied. As the stone get smoother, this how the shine is created. At a 3000 grit the shine is moderately high but was not as the original tile. An 11,000 spray diamond buff pad was then used and the wonder shine was restored. Please see picture below.
The marble tile was then protected with lithofin stain stop to protect the tile for further oil and water based staining. Once dry the tile was buffed again to deepen the shine even more are remove any residue left over from the protection.
As you can tell this customer in Cheadle. Stockport, Cheshire was delighted with the results and was very pleased that his tiles had been restored like new for a fraction of the cost of replacing them and with little inconvenience and no mess
If you would be interested in having dull spots or etch marks removed from your marble tiles, work tops, tables or fire places, please get in contact on 0161 431 4743 or visit our website imperial floor care.co.uk
We will be happy to come and survey your floor for free and even do a free demo when required to give you an idea of the end results.