Marble Polishing is a process of using a series of Diamond abrasives, from coarse to fine, to remove the wear, scratches and any surface etching. This is then followed by a compound polishing process that restores the high polish, glass like appearance it once had. The process is done using water as a lubricant and to aid in the cutting of the Marble, so there is no dust created during the process.
You can see the brilliant shine Marble has when it is restored to its natural hi polish. The typical process to restore 95% of worn marble is a 3-step diamond process using 220 resins, followed by 800 and then 1800. The floor is rinsed after each honing cut. The last step is the polishing step, and this is the process that delivers that final wet look you see here. After the last diamond cut, the 1800, it will have the clarity, or reflection, just not the wet look that marble is known for.
Here we have a Crema Marfil marble in a kitchen that has lost its entire luster. The maid had been using vinegar to clean and was slowing eroding the surface. Do not use Vinegar (acetic acid), or any acid to clean your polished marble floors with as it dissolves the calcium carbonate that make up marble.
This marble foyer was cleaned by another well-known company, and they must have used an acidic cleaner as the owner said it completely dulled the floor after they cleaned it. The homeowner of this home in Windermere called us in to polish the floor back to its original finish. The owner thought the marble was ruined, however Clean Image was able to save the day and restore his Marble floor to better than new.
This home owner in Orlando wanted their Crema Marfil marble restore back to hi-polish. When she returned home she was afraid to walk in because she thought it was wet. It was in fact dry; however Crema Marfil when polished properly exhibits a very wet looking polish. Homeowner was ecstatic with the results.
Here we have a Botticino marble floor that the pictures don’t do the difference justice. See the video of the cleaning process. Another company has put a topical coating on this floor to “polish” it at one time. The floor actually got soiled faster due to this and the “polish” worn out very quickly. At Clean Image we came in with the Turbo Hybrid Systems and deep cleaned the floor, tile and grout, before transitioning to a full diamond hone and compound polish.
Miscellaneous Photos During the Process
This is a close up of what exactly causes marble and natural stone to lose its luster, fine scratches. This marble in Lake Mary in installed in the master bath with under cabinet lighting. The constant pivoting and foot traffic causes fine scratches that over time rob the stone of its natural reflective shine. Clean Image of Orlando was able to repair this to like new with diamond abrasives and polishing.
The first “during” picture we have polished the back half of a master bedroom. As you can see, especially on darker marble the color is really enhanced. This is typical with all natural stones, the more refined they are, the more defined color. While an unfinished side, like underneath a countertop or back side of a stone tile will be near colorless.
The next picture is of the diamond honing process. The diamond honing is the most important part, as it removes all the wear, scratches, and prepare the floor for polishing. Here we have a Negro Marquina black marble and Crema Marfil. The black you see on the floor is stone “slurry” that is created when the diamond cut the floor with water.