If your marble floor is accidently scratched, becomes deeply soiled, or has a slight build-up of yellowed wax or weathered sealers, the shine and natural color can be brought back by gentle wet sanding and chemical stripping, followed by a good polishing. This process can be messy and requires protection of workers with proper gear and temporary protection of adjacent surfaces, such as doors, base moldings, and floor-mounted fixtures.
First step is too strip the surface with a commercial or homemade stripping agent to remove any wax and dirt build up, homemade solutions of common household items include ammonia, vinegar and regular tap water. Pour a cup of ammonia into a gallon of water, then mix in a cup of vinegar. Because of the corrosiveness either of these solutions wearing rubber gloves and a mask is recommended to protect your skin and from breathing in fume. Spread this solution out from the corners inward following the manufactures instructions and let it sit for 15 minutes. Mop up and repeat until the surface is clean. Thoroughly rinse the floor, using a clean mop.
Stripping is followed by polishing using equipment such as floor buffers or hand held buffers. The equipment and materials needed are depending on the size of the job. Floor or hand held buffer along with Diamond Sanding Pad, masking tape. Wet/dry vacuum, mop and buckets, sponges and rags. The area is to be masked off with tape and if need plastic to cover any wood base boards, or carpet. As the polishing is grinding is a wet procedure using diamond grinding pads to remove the dirt and thin layer of the marble and polish the floor smooth.
Use side to side motion making two to four passes over the area. Remember to keep at least 6 to 8 inches from the walls or other non Marble areas. These areas will need to be done by hand held buffer/grinder. Proceed to the next area until finished. After, use a wet/dry vacuum to vacuum up the water and grit left behind. Mop with clean mop and clean warm water. Your Marble will have a beautiful luster and shine.
Because of the complexity of this procedure, many homeowners will call a Marble professional to complete this processes, as they have the expertise and equipment to make sure this process is done correctly to insure a beautiful finish to your Marble.
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