MARBLE RESTORATION

Marble is a metamorphic rock consisting mostly of calcite and dolomite. It is formed by the metamorphism of limestone, over time and temperature changes. When most people think of marble, they imagine a hard stone that is white with grey markings. In reality, it can also have irregularly coloured marks due to the presence of impurities such as silica and clay.

Another factor for colour is whether or not it had water introduced to it while forming. If water was present at that time, serpentine, talc, and certain other hydrous minerals may have been produced. The presence of iron, alumina, and silica may result in the formation of hematite and magnetite. The minerals that result from these impurities give marble a wide variety of colours. The purest form of calcite marble is white in colour; marbles containing hematite are reddish in colour; marble that has limonite are yellow, and marble with serpentine is green. Within Ireland, green marble can be found in Connemara. Its unique colour symbolises Ireland and it is one of Ireland’s most original products, with no two pieces being similar. From forming sculptures to a building material, marble has a wide array of uses.

How Can I Use Marble In My Home?

Marble is a luxurious material that works well in many homes and commercial properties. Nothing surpasses its rich beauty and worldly allure. Commonly it is used for flooring, counter tops, walls, showers, tub-surrounds, and columns.

Will Marble Require Professional Maintenance?

Since marble is a calcite-based stone it will etch very easily and appear to have dull spots as a result of most spills. These marks will typically arise if the stone is used in a “wet” or “product heavy” area, such as a kitchen or bathroom. An etch-mark is an abrasion on the surface that will appear dull and may sometimes be slightly rough to-the-touch. Don’t worry though Stone Seal can restore the original sheen through one of our many processes; sometimes only polishing will suffice.

We will also help to educate you on proper daily cleaning methods and products, as well as spill clean-up solutions.

Eventually your marble will also start to lose its sheen and may even discolour. Foot-traffic and constant abrasion in your common areas will contribute to this. At this time professional restoration will be necessary. This is another task for the professional to take on, usually with a wet and dust-free process call diamond honing.

Sealing your marble is also very helpful in the fight against stains. A stain is an acute discolouration left behind after a product or liquid penetrated the surface. They are stubborn and at times impossible to get out. Stone Seal will offer you solutions for stain-removal.

CLEANING MARBLE FLOOR TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE AND HINTS

PROBLEM: Low gloss levels- primarily due to excessive foot traffic wear.
Solutions & Recommendations
  • Entrance walk of mats are required to protect against wear from foot traffic.
  • Regularly vacuum entrance mats so that the fibres will trap and seal dirt better.
  • Dust mop / sweep the floors and entrance on a daily basis.
  • Use a professional service to repair for honing, polishing or resurfacing.
PROBLEM: Surface damage.
Solutions & Recommendations
  • Tile replacement.
  • Use a neutralizer conditioner to clean the floor.
PROBLEM: Spotting and staining caused by food, beverages, grease, oil, ink and rust, etc.
Solutions & Recommendations
  • Get a professional to apply a penetrating sealer which will prevent future spotting and staining.
  • Top coatings such as floor finishes and seals also prevent and reduce stains and spots.
  • Remove and clean spills quickly to avoid spots and stains.
  • Use a poultice to remove stains
PROBLEM: Lippage – Uneven tiles cause by improper instalment.
Solutions & Recommendations
  • If lippage is dramatic, usually thicker than a euro coin, the tile will require grounding. Stone Seal advice a professional stone contractor for this process.
PROBLEM: Deep pits, large cracks and big holes, etc.
Solutions & Recommendations
  • Stone Seal recommend provide the service of sealing with epoxy. Epoxy is coloured filler which will match the colour of your marble floor.
  • Settling, excessive vibrations, heavy foot traffic or poor installation can cause these defects.
PROBLEM: Deep pits, large cracks and big holes, etc.
Solutions & Recommendations
  • Stone Seal recommend provide the service of sealing with epoxy. Epoxy is coloured filler which will match the colour of your marble floor.
  • Settling, excessive vibrations, heavy foot traffic or poor installation can cause these defects.
PROBLEM: Efflorescence- white powdery residue on stone surface.
Solutions & Recommendations
  • Commonly occurs after new installation or from excessive water contact.
  • Remove with polishing pad or steel wool cleaning dry without water. Never use water with this method.
  • The residue will remain until the stone is completely dry.
PROBLEM: Yellowing or greying appearance.
Solutions & Recommendations
  • Commonly occurs from rust (iron oxidation) over longer period of time, especially on white marble. Rust of this nature cannot be repaired.
  • Some top coating such as waxes or floor finishes may yellow over time and can be repaired by stripping them and refinishing with a fresh top coating.
PROBLEM: White marks.
Solutions & Recommendations
  • High heels, some furniture legs or pointed materials can cause specific small pressure points that create tiny fractures in the crystalline parts of the marble floor.
  • Honing, polishing or resurfacing is required to repair.

Stone Seal are based in Dublin and complete restoration work throughout Ireland. If you have a query or would like more information on our Marble restoration service, call us on 01 8770436 or fill out the ‘request a quote’ form on this page.

TESTIMONIALS

“Stone seal are amazing. They have been cleaning & polishing the marble in our home and floor shop for over 6 years. Stone Seal staff are always…” Continue reading >>

“Stone Seal have been looking after our marble polishing needs for many years now. I would not dream of having another company.” – Natalie Kenny – Malahide, Co. Dublin

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