Protection of marble and natural stone floors by Marble Restoration Services- Ottawa.

 

Protection of Marble and Stone Surfaces

There is a common misconception that marble, granite and other natural stone are very hard minerals, which do not require surface protection and post-restoration care. Unfortunately, that belief is totally wrong and many owners who have heavily invested in expensive stones have paid a high price to call back the premium shine and original beauty. This can be easily avoided!

Marble floor in lobby of Lord Elgin Hotel- Ottawa by Marble Restoration Services Ltd. - Ottawa

Stone owners should remember that all natural stone is porous and stain very easily. Granite has low porosity whereas limestone has high porosity. Marble is right in between. The following test proves its permeability:

Leave a wet rusty nail on a marble surface and find the ugly reddish spot on the stone after a period of time. This spot is the rust penetrating into the marble. There is a good chance of cleaning this spot up. After a couple of weeks, this mark might be impossible to remove completely. Stone changes color by absorbing rust. Stone takes in virtually any liquid. Stone can be etched, stained, discolored and corroded.


The potential source of staining is vast. Fruit drinks, grease, coffee, tea, alcohol, algae, urine, oil, efflorescence, food, soot, shoe polish, tar and much more.

Unprotected stone flooring vs. protected stone flooring by Marble Restoration Services - Ottawa, Ontario


Prevention of Staining on Marble and Stone Floors

Marble Restoration Services® Ltd. offers the right solution to protect your stone. We use highly penetrating oleophobic and hydrophobic impregnators (pdf. file), penetrating waxes and sealers. We guarantee the high quality of our products, long lasting protection and proper craftsmanship.

Some cleaning companies offer acrylic wax application over marble floor. The true facts about this controversial process can be found here: The Truth About the Maintenance of Marble Surfaces (pdf. file).

The following picture illustrates the basic concept of protection and longevity of natural stone.

Protection and longevity of natural stone flooring by Marble Restoration Services Ltd. - Ottawa

 

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