Stone Floor Restoration and Cleaning
Frequently Asked Questions
Before going through the whole process of hiring a good contractor to restore, clean or refurbish your stone floors, you might want to browse our Frequently Asked Questions section bellow. If you want to take the short way around and you don’t have the time to read all the information listed here – just call 0758 707 96 06
Professional floor restoration and cleaning FAQ
Can all stone floors be restored?
Indeed. As stone itself is a natural element it means that we developed the processes and machinery to modify it’s state. In fewer words, this means that every stone can be grinded, levelled, cut or reshaped to ones desire or will.
Does the stone restoration process create any dust?
This question is one of the popular myths that went around for years. The correct answer is: NO, there is no dust involved in the stone restoration process and here’s why:
- All the tools used nowadays are designed to keep dust away
- Almost every stone floor restoration process involves either water and diamond abrasive pads.
How much does it cost to refinish a marble floor?
The average price is calculated by determining the amount of work that needs to be done in order to get the marble surface as close to it’s best looking condition possible.
On average, in the United Kingdom the price per square meter can vary from £8.-/sqm – £90-/sqm and it’s determined by factors such as:
– the marble’s level of damage
– the type of machinery and substances needed to restore the marble
– warranty, indirect costs (transportation and parking fees) etc.
Can the water in the the stone cleaning process create any damage?
The correct answer is: NO. Even though the restoration process involves water, the water itself is being contained so there will be no spillage or damage caused by it whatsoever.
What is natural stone floor restoration?
Restoration by itself is a process of getting something restored – to look at it’s best possible or the get it looking as it if was new. In terms of stone floor restoration, this means altering the stone’s surface using dedicated processes, machinery and substances suitable for each type of stone.
Can marble countertops be restored?
Yes. As long as your countertop is made out of marble or any-other natural stone material, it can be restored to get it to look as new once again. The same process as restoring stone floors will be set in place but by using different machinery.
What can you expect to gain out of the floor restoration?
Stone floor restoration is the concept that includes processes such as:
- Stone floor grinding
- Stone floor polishing (both mechanical and chemical)
- Grout removal and grout install
- Grout and surface levelling
- Cleaning (washing, honing, etc)
- Cracks and chips repair, etc. we understand that there will be actions to be undertaken in order to get it to look good again.
Can marble walls be restored?
Yes. Marble walls can be restored. The process involves a slightly higher degree of difficulty to be performed than restoring stone floors but marble wall restoration is one of the most solicited services in London.
Can all stone elements be restored?
Yes they can. Even we are in the UK’s stone floor restoration and cleaning industry, we found out that actually all types of stone shapes and objects can be cleaned and restored. As long there is a natural element we are dealing with, it can be restored.
What is the difference between Professional and DYI stone floor restoration?
As stated, professional stone floor restoration is carried out by professionals, using professional tools, machinery, substances while following procedures.
DYI stands for “Do It Yourself” and when it comes to stone floor restoration is the process of using common household items and common techniques to restore a stone surface.
Even-though there might be some procedures to get a stone floor resorted using household items, please bare in mind that some of them are acidic or abrasive and can damage the stone surface pretty hard.
Will the stone floor restoration damage my furniture?
Yes. Usually when taking into consideration to restore a stone floor, you are looking to also protect the furniture, side-skirts, steps, rugs or any other elements that might be affected by the stone floor restoration process.
A good restoration company will always take care of such details and will leave you with nothing but an amazing freshly restored stone surface.
Can marble fireplaces be restored?
Indeed. We know that there are lots of marble fireplaces that need restoring and that are prone to severe damage because of the heat involved and we also know that the popular belief is that marble fireplaces can’t be restored. We’ve performed this kind of restoration several times and we got a excellent results every time.
DIY Floor Restoration and Cleaning FAQ
How do I make my marble shiny again?
- Wipe the marble surface using a dry and soft cloth to remove dirt and foreign debris.
- Use a wet non-abrasive sponge to wipe the marble surface again
- Use a commercial cleaner (preferably a premium one) to spray the surface and then slightly rub it in.
- Wipe the cleaner using a dry and soft cloth.
- Cover the marble with some commercial stone polishing paste. (Be careful to read all the manufacturer’s instructions)
- Keep the whole surface wet while rubbing in the polishing paste
- Use 120 grit or above (but less than 300 grit) sandpaper to start the process
- After going over the whole surface using 120 grit sandpaper repeat while using 300 grit and 600 grit sandpaper
- Wipe the whole area with a damp sponge to remove all sanding dust and repeat the process until the marble is clean.
- Seal the surface using a commercial sealing product.
This process can be applied on other types of stone surfaces as well.
Can I use car wax on marble?
Yes you CAN but you shouldn’t probably do it.
Car wax is designed to work on cars – hence it’s designed to make painted surfaces shine.
If you are going to use car wax on marble or any other stone surfaces, you run the risk of staining that surface.
What home remedy makes marble floors shine?
White chalk does the trick. Here’s how you should do it:
- Clean your marble surface as stated above
- Grind a full box of white chalk into a very fine powder
- Sprinkle;e that powder over the clean surface
- Buff the whole surface in circles until it looks nice and shiny
- Wipe everything off with a damp sponge and dry it by using a dry and soft cloth
How do you remove scratches from marble floors?
By going over several times using the process described under How do I make my marble shiny again? and using a larger variety of sandpaper grit.
Is rubbing alcohol safe on marble?
Yes it’s safe but bare in mind that rubbing alcohol will not actually be sanitising your marble as it’s designed for human skin use.
Will baking soda damage marble?
As a standalone product: yes – it will damage marble. As a compound made out of water and baking soda, maybe not. As baking soda is abrasive, you could use it to replace sandpaper in order to give marble a good clean.
Can you vacuum marble floors?
Yes, it’s safe to vacuum marble floors as long as you are NOT using hard plastic onto marble as it could be scratching it.
Can you resurface granite?
Yes, you could do it if you we’re able to get your hands on some professional restoration machinery as granite is a very hard rock. Nowadays you can borrow such machinery from your local store. They should be able to also get your through the whole process of using this type of machinery.
How do you clean old marble slabs?
Basically you will have to use the same process as stated above, under: “How do I make my marble shiny again?”
Can I use hydrogen peroxide to clean marble?
Yes you can by mixing ammonia, baking soda or talc and some distilled water. Still, we couldn’t find a recipe that actually works, neither we would recommend mixing chemicals as hey could harm you and the ones near you.