So, Your Marble is Etched?
Marble looks beautiful just about everywhere you put it. Unfortunately, after some wear and tear the stones pours qualities leads to etching, water-marks, scratches, stains and dullness. True that professional refinishing of damaged surfaces is a cheaper solution to replacement – but what about those small scratches and stains you want to remove yourself?
Before you start, be sure it is in fact etching and not staining (there is a big difference) that you are dealing with here.
Take a look at the Marble Refinishing Kit:
How It Works:
The kit has been put together in a 4-step process with everything required to remove scratching and etching from polished marble surfaces. With a roll of paper towel, a cup of water and about 15 minutes of labour you can reverse those kitchen mishaps!
- 4oz Marble polishing cream #1
- 4oz Marble polishing cream #2
- Two white nylon polishing pads
- Polishing pad holder
- 1oz. stone gloss
The Marble Refinishing Process:
For this demonstration, we let some acidic cleaning liquids sit on a sealed polished marble tile for about 5 minutes. There was light marble etch marks as soon as it was wiped up. It’s amazing how fast the acid works!
1) The first step to repair the marble tile etching is to sand down the surface with a twelve hundred grit wet grinding pad. Moderate pressure is required in this step – using water, 25-50 circular strokes over the affected area will remove etching damage caused by acidic cleaners or liquids and light scratches from wear and tear. Be sure to grind as little an area as possible, as we will have to polish everywhere the grinding pad touched.
2) After shaking polishing cream #1, apply a generous amount of the compound to the damaged surface. Next, attach white pad number one to the plastic pad holder. Vigorously apply heavy pressure to 50+ circular strokes. Be sure to cover the entire marble area that was ground in step one.
3) Clean the marble using the included stone cleaner and water; dry the marble surface with a paper towel.
4) Shake polishing cream #2, and apply a generous amount to the damaged surface. Attach white pad #2 to the plastic pad holder and vigorously apply heavy pressure in 50+ circular strokes. Again cover the entire area you polished in step two, plus little more.
5) Shake polishing cream #2, and apply a generous amount to the damaged surface. Attach white pad #2 to the plastic pad holder and vigorously apply heavy pressure in 50+ circular strokes. Again cover the entire area you polished in step two, plus little more.
6) After cleaning the tile again with the Stone Cleaner, use Stone Polish to brighten the surface and improve the quality of shine. You should be buffing with a paper towel in a circular motion. You can get about four good sized stains with the Marble Refinishing Kit. It takes some effort, but it is worth the beautiful restoring power the kit has.
Please feel free to take photos of your marble scratch and stain removals.