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Marble Floor Polishing
There are many reasons why a marble floor needs to be polished. One of the most frequent reasons is from scratches. Scratches are any abrasions from a harder surface than the marble. They can be sand, rocks, glass the un-faced polypropylene backing of a rug or toenails from an animal. They can be as deep as the thickness of a dime to a fine scratch that you cannot feel. They all serve two purposes, and that is to collect dirt and to change the refraction of light on the surface. When this happens then the floor looks dull and dingy compared to the surrounding polished surface. When this happens then the floor needs to be polished by a series of diamond grits to bring back the polish. The proper way and best for the stone is to start with the diamond grit to take out the deepest scratch and progress to higher grits to remove the previous grit scratches until they are gone until the proper sheen or polish is obtained.
Prevention of scratches can be as easy as removing shoes in the house or adding rugs or mats at all entrances. Daily dust mopping will help to eliminate any debris that accumulates.
If you find a scratch or etch then the whole floor does not need to be resurfaced because it can be feathered in to match the existing floor sheen or polish.
The process that I described is a true method followed by craftsmen from early Greeks until today. There has been an explosion in products in the past several years that try to make the process into a three steps with floor buffing pads that are encrusted with aluminum paste
or industrial diamonds for the uneducated people who want to enter into the trade. Even a person with experience will have difficulty obtaining a clear polish with this method.
Another method that has been developed is the use of crystallizers. It does not remove the scratches. It uses waxes and acids to accomplish a polish that looks like a plastic film. Although it is fast and takes little or no training it can do irreparable damage to the stone. Because it puts a layer of wax on the top it does not allow the stone to breath and expel moisture that fluctuates with daily humidity. When the stone cannot expel the moisture it begins to spall and therefore replacement is most likely the only course of action. Remember that a CHEAP FIX CAN TURN INTO AN EXPENSIVE REPAIR.
Care and maintenance is your best friend. Some simple procedures can keep your floor from being refinished for years.