Protection Concepts of Marble and Stone Surfaces

The key to keep your stone floor looking 'new' is stain prevention.

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! 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.

Protected vs. Unprotected Stone floor.

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.

Protected Marble floor in Ottawa by Marble Restoration Services Ltd.

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 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.

Sealing slate floor with resin acrylic compound giving complete protection against weathering.


The Truth About Waxes on Marble Surfaces

Some companies recommend acrylic wax applications. Facts about this process can be found here.


Why use Impregnators on Stone Surfaces

We recommend using highly penetrating oleophobic and hydrophobic impregnators on stone floors. Facts about these products can be found here.


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