Without proper care and maintenance, marble loses its lustre, shine and durability – the very things it is sought for.
Causes of Marble Requiring Maintenance
Daily wear and tear contribute to marble needing maintenance and polishing. The volume of foot traffic, for example, is one consideration when it comes to marble maintenance schedules. Main thoroughfares in buildings will require more frequent maintenance than those of lesser volumes.
Corrosive chemical reactions can result from spillage of foods, drinks and other substances. Harsh chemicals and daily household cleaning products and routines may also have a negative impact on marble surfaces. Daily cleaning with these items can result in the sealant or protective coating being removed.
Particularly when there is a chemical reaction of some kind involved and the protective layer has been removed or eroded from marble, scratches, stains and etches can become apparent on marble. Without repair protocols, marble surfaces in this condition may deteriorate further and require a restoration.
Why DIY Efforts May Not Be Working
There may be several reasons why your efforts and maintaining your marble surfaces are not working. These may include, but not be limited to:
The polishing medium (i.e. liquid or powder) being used may not be the right or best one.
Machine being used, if any, may not be the right strength and weight.
Sometimes it isn’t a DIY job, leading to point number 4.
Restoration may be required.
How Do I Know if Restoration is Needed?
When marble starts showing signs of maintenance, repair or restoration needs, marble often looks “patchy”.
Patchy describes the look where some parts of the marble appear polished while others look dull and feel “sticky” as they have lost their coating.
The Purpose of Polishing
Polishing adds further protective coating to keep marks, stains, etching and dirty at bay. It also makes the surface easier to clean and maintain on a day-to-day basis. The key to polishing is to know your marble and therefore understand what kind of a polish is needed:
Professional restoration and polishing.
Regardless of the level of polishing required, either of the above options can be completed by a professional service which will have the right tools and products to complete the task in a timely and professional manner.
Professional polishing services will also apply a sealant to the marble surface, which often last to around 3 years. Some companies provide a guarantee of up to 15 years.
Polishing marble is important in maintaining its lustre and integrity, and many of the other qualities that make it an appealing surface in many buildings. Although doing polishing as a Do-It-Yourself task can save money, it might not save time and may still result in a professional needing to be hired. Be sure to do your research on the most appropriate product or professional for the job in order to achieve the best outcome.