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CHARACTERISTICS OF MARBLE
Marble tile is a natural stone that gives homes and business a timeless and elegant appeal. It is used on flooring, showers, countertops, backsplashes and other decorative surfaces. It is a metamorphic rock that begins as limestone and changes as a result of intense pressure from the heat and chemical fluids below the earth’s crust. These extreme conditions alter the texture and composition of the stone, resulting in the limestone-to-marble transition. The stone never leaves its solid form throughout this process.
Most of today’s marble is found in many parts of the world. In the United States, it is mined in Alabama, Colorado, Montana, Tennessee, Texas, and Vermont.
Being calcium-based stones, marble, travertine, and limestone are sensitive to acidic products and can become dulled or etched by food, drink, and certain cleaning products. Avoid cleaning products you would not use on your hands or are not specifically made for natural stone.
Marble comes in many different color variations and its veining patterns make it very unique. Marble has a high-polished finish from the factory and also comes in tumbled form, giving it a more rustic look. Marble is a porous stone and should be sealed properly to help prevent staining.
OUR PROFESSIONAL MARBLE CLEANING
Our process for cleaning marble consists of using appropriate equipment and machinery, as well as hand washing the corners, edges, and hard-to-reach areas. We use a combination of neutral ph cleaners and degreasers that are safe for your stone, your family and the environment.
We ensure the most thorough and detailed cleaning possible. Improper or aggressive cleaning can cause damage by opening the pores of the stone, making it more susceptible to staining from pet accidents, dirty mop water, spills, and grime/asphalt from shoe traffic. Our 18+ years of experience with marble and knowledge of the stone itself will avoid these issues.
As with all of our work, our technicians move most furniture, excluding breakable and smaller items. We pay close attention to detail and ensure there is no dust and no mess created. We are extremely careful not to cause any damage to adjacent surfaces such as walls, baseboards, cabinets, appliances and carpets.
OUR MARBLE SEALING PROCESS
Sealing your marble surface after a professional cleaning helps prevent staining and makes routine cleanings easier.
Our process starts with applying a high quality, penetrating sealant using a specialized applicator designed to work the seal into the pores of the stone. Once dry and depending on the texture of the stone, we finish the marble sealing process by buffing out the seal with a floor machine equipped with a soft brush or pad attachment.
There are several types of sealants on the market, yet some are not designed for marble. For example, topical seals are not a good choice because they have poor adhesion and will eventually peel, delaminate, scratch, and scuff. When we find this type of sealant on marble, we remove it very carefully in order to restore the stone’s finish.
If you are not sure what type of sealant is on your marble, call Arizona Tile & Grout Care at (520) 909-1413 for a no-obligation evaluation and estimate.
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OUR MARBLE POLISHING PROCESS
If you want to restore high-polished sheen on your marble surface, we polish your stone with our diamond polishing pads and marble compound solutions. This process creates tighter pores in the stone, resulting in an outstanding reflection and a beautiful shine. Our polishing process is dust free.
OUR PROFESSIONAL MARBLE REPAIRS
When it comes to the repair of marble, we offer a variety of services. We repair holes, cracks, and other blemishes, whether on flooring, showers, or countertops.
Marble is very sensitive to acidic products. They cause “dull” spots or marks known as etches. Food, drink and certain cleaning agents will etch marble. We use our stone polishing process to remove these etches and restore the stone’s finish.
Cracks in stone or grout
Marble tile can crack or buckle with expansion and contraction of the surface underneath. It is typically caused by temperature change. Depending on the severity of the damage, we can repair the tile or arrange to replace it.
HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR MARBLE
Frequent sweeping and mopping maintain marble’s quality. When mopping, frequently change mop bucket water to fresh water. This ensures the stone will continue to look great for years to come. On average, depending on traffic and usage, professional cleaning and sealing is recommended every 3-5 years. When properly maintained and cared for, this stone will stay beautiful and functional for generations. Email us for detailed Care Instructions on the maintenance of your natural stone.
Arizona Tile & Grout Care protects, restores and beautifies the floors and surfaces of people’s most important assets- their homes and businesses. We have specialized in tile, stone and grout restoration since 1998 with over 14,400 jobs completed. We have 5 Angie’s List Super Service Awards and zero complaints with the Registrar of Contractors and the Better Business Bureau. We strive to maintain our stellar reputation. We want every customer to have a great experience with our service and feel good about recommending us to their family, friends and neighbors.
Contact us at 520-909-1413 to get a quote on Marble tile cleaning, sealing and repair. We are happy to schedule an appointment to discuss your marble needs and provide a free estimate.