Polished stone tiles are incredibly popular. They may require more care and cleaning, however, their striking appearance really has propelled them as a popular stone finish. The polishing process is time-consuming and demands patience and expertise, without exception.
Having a well-rounded understanding and appreciation for the necessary details will ensure that you are in the best-possible position to complete this complex work. What do you need to know?
The stone polishing process can be achieved in two different ways. These methods have their own characteristics and can offer exceptional results. Professional stone polishers will be well-versed in all aspects of these processes in order to select the most appropriate method.
The first process is labelled as vitrification and involves a two-step sandwich process. An acidic solution is sprayed onto the surface of the marble tiles. This solution reacts with the calcium within the marble. Steel wool pads are then used on a buffing machine to work over the marble floor.
One of the main considerations of this process is that the spray contains an element that chemically alters the surface of the tile. This alteration cannot be reversed, however, produces a much stronger finish. A wax solution is then sprayed onto the floor in order to seal the initial stages of the process in.
If selecting this process it is important that you are aware of any drawbacks that may be associated with vitrification. These range from the fact that airborne steel wool particles created are hazardous or the fact that the process weakens the structure of the stone itself. Be aware and you will inevitably select the right process.
The more popular process is labelled crystallisation and this is the same process, however, it uses a powder not a spray. This powder is rinsed away during the process and the tiles are left clean of any wax build-up or acid residue. This process is more challenging and so therefore is considered the superior service.
Another element to consider is that once you have selected your chosen stone polisher that you request they use diamond abrasives for the resurfacing process. If a large area of your home or business is to be restored then it is important to consider completing room by room. Make sure that disruption is kept to a minimum and that you are provided with anticipated start dates.
The polishing process for marble tiles needs to be finished with a high-quality impregnating stone sealer. This will offer added protection and will keep the tiles looking cleaner for longer. It is also important not to forget cleaning the grout between your beautiful tiles. If left, the dirty grout can really affect the appearance of the floor. Likewise, when cleaned, it can boost the transformation.
Marble floor tiles are challenging to restore but offer a result that is often difficult to replicate. Only skilled operatives should take on this work and the above cheat sheet has been collated in order to offer an insight into the detailed process.