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Marble With Great Beauty Comes Great Risks
Having a marble floor or table top is a wonderful addition to your home because they bring such a pristine, natural look to your interior design. However, marble stone is soft in nature, hence it is susceptible to all kinds of scratches and stains wherever there is contact. A slight nudge on your chair or a drop of orange juice spilled is enough to cause rather permanent damage to your beloved marble surface.
Polishing Your Mistakes On Marble
If you are unfortunate to have such scratches and stains on marble, fret not because polishing can make the surface as good as new. As a general rule, your marble surface should be sent for service at least once every 5 years, although this time span varies according to usage, the damage done and type of marble. Note that different tools and techniques are used to polish floors and table tops.
Marble Floor Finish
A newly-installed marble flooring can have irregularities much like parquet flooring, and these will result in scratches over long periods of use. Therefore, it is important to grind out the surface with a coarse diamond floor polishing pad to ensure flatness as early as possible. Increase the grit (use a finer pad) layer-by-layer so that you first remove scratches and smoothen the surface before adding shine to it. Further improvement can be made by buffing using the finest grit possible (3000) and chemically crystallising the marble. Don’t forget to seal the polished floor with a good sealing coat because this helps to waterproof your marble flooring.
Talking About Marble Table Tops
It’s a different story altogether when it comes to marble table tops. If your table isn’t completely marble, it is wise to tape the area surrounding the marble to avoid damage to the non-marble surfaces. First clean the marble with a cotton cloth which is damp with mild detergent. Optionally, you can follow up with poultice application to remove those pesky stains.
Now comes the real polishing work. Using a soft sponge, apply a tiny amount of polish to the marble, and add more if needed. Use a low-speed polisher to slowly polish a small area of the surface, ideally around a 10cm2 square. Remove excess polish using a dry cotton cloth before cleaning the surface with a damp cloth. It is best to work in small sections at a time so that the polish would not turn dry and clump together. Similar to the floor, you should finish by sealing your marble table top to bring out the shine, but wait at least 24 hours before doing so.
Not A Marble Polisher?
As you can see, polishing marble is not for the faint-hearted. If you are not comfortable performing the necessary steps in polishing your marble floor or table top, please do seek a professional. That’s where we come in. We at SGcleanXpert Singapore specialise in marble polish and care, not to mention that our company also offers a myriad selection of products and services which will guarantee your satisfaction. Our service to you is our top priority. So why wait? Call us to make an appointment today.
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