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What’s So Different About the Products You Use and What’s Available Over-the-Counter?

It has to do with the process as well as the products. We use sealants, hardeners, and polishes in a layered process that closes off the pores in the stone and makes it resistant to wear. The commercial products that you can buy are usually alkaline single-step chemicals that will only serve to muddy or dull and wear the surface of your stone. Also, stone surfaces vary in porosity, and it takes an expert to be able to identify the type and porosity of your floors and to use just the right products for your floor.

If My Stone is Sealed, Why Did it Stain?

All stone is porous, and even when sealed, if the spill or leak is in contact with the stone for a while, it will penetrate the sealant. All spills should be wiped up immediately, and leaks should be fixed at once. If your counters are stone, coasters and other protective items should always be used on them.

How Can I Fix A Scratch On A Marble Table?

Only the slightest of scratches should be attempted on your own, and then only on regular marble, not cultured. Simply a nice, soft cloth and lots of rubbing power can possibly re-polish the marble and remove surface scratches. The friction from rubbing the cloth slightly softens the sealer which may cover the scratch. Anything deeper than a surface scratch should be handled by a professional. There are websites out there that tell you how you might to do it with fine sandpaper and marble polish, but there is always the risk of causing greater damage to the surface requiring a more expensive professional repair in the long run.

Which Stone Should I Use In My Bathroom?

If we are talking natural stone instead of ceramic tile, the real answer is whatever you like. However, know that there are some considerations that go with various stone types. If you like ease of maintenance, and who doesn’t, the harder the stone is, the better. Soft stone such as limestone or slate are high maintenance because they are porous and continued exposure to a wet bathroom will stain them. However, Travertine has become very popular for bathroom use because, well, because it’s just so beautiful. It is fairly porous, but if you have the right sealant put on it, it can serve you well. Typically, though, marble and granite are often preferred in the bath.

How Often Should I Polish My Marble Floor?

Let’s talk first about cleaning your floor. Marble floors require daily upkeep. Prevention is the best tactic, so using good doormats is essential. Changing street shoes to slippers or houseshoes of some kind really helps to lower the maintenance required on your floors. Still, gritty dirt will find its way in, and to keep your floors tip-top, they need to be mopped daily – but just with a damp mop – no cleansers of any kind. Really, we don’t recommend any store-bought polishes for marble floors. Using the methods outlined above will keep your floors very nice. If you are asking how often they should be commercially polished by experts, it will matter what kind of marble you have, how they are sealed, how porous they are, how scratched or stained they get, or how much traffic they receive. When you start seeing signs of dulling or wear in higher traffic areas, call your Marble Polishing Experts.

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