Unfortunately marble can develop scratches. Commercial premises are especially at risk from scratching. Any type of object which is dragged or rolled over the floor, for example suitcases, may cause the marble to become scratched, and similarly debris from shoes can scratch the marble's surface. It is, unfortunately, a common problem.
So what is the solution?
The only solution to this problem is to re-surface the floor. We do this by a process, we call 'diamond polishing'. The process, as the name suggests, is carried out with diamond tipped pads which are attached to a rotary marble polisher. This machine is used to remove the scratched marble surface from the floor. Fortunately water is used with the machine, which means that the process is free from dust. The marble polisher is then used with a number of graded pads, along with marble polishers and wirewool pads to gradually repolish the marble surface. The process is time consuming, expensive and can only be carried out by an experienced marble restorer. The results, however, are amazing. The floor will look brand new, perfectly flat with a high shine as though it has just been laid.
How to maintain your newly resurfaced marble floor?
Once the floor has been resurfaced, then it is time to decide on the best way to keep it looking the same, for as long as possible. The options may depend on what type of premises you have. Residential premises will usually opt for a good quality sealer to offer the floor some protection, and put in brush mats at the floors entrance to reduce the possibility of re-scratching the floor.
Commercial premises will more often than not decide to crystallise the floor. This in effect puts a non-slip artificial polish on the marble's surface. The result is a surface protected non-slip floor which looks amazingly beautiful. The floor will still keep its high shine surface but it will be safe for the public and will offer a high degree of protection against scratching and pitting. The drawback, however, is that the floor will have to be regularly maintained, and how regularly will depend on the type of premises. This option is the type of finish you usually see in top 5 star hotels, but is becoming more and more popular in residential premises. If this is something you would like to consider, then you should speak to one of our technicians on 07919 106 834.