Sealing your marble will definitely help prevent staining in the future. Keep in mind, though, that no sealer is 100% impenetrable, and it also largely depends on employing the right type of sealer. In particular, topical sealers tend to actually increase the probability that your marble will stain as it clogs this natural stone’s pores and eventually, leading to deterioration and staining. Instead, an impregnating sealer should be applied as it improves your marble’s resistance to staining without suffocating your stone.
As for etching, this is something that sealing your marble can’t fix. While they may look like stains at first glance, they are actually chemical burns that result when acidic liquids make contact with marble. For this reason, etchings can only be removed via polishing or honing. Contact a professional to properly care for your marble!
Yes. Water spots on marble or travertine may seem similar to stains or etchings, but they’re actually different from both and therefore need to be handled differently. The difference? Water spots are actually the result of hard water being allowed to dry atop your marble or travertine surfaces. When it dries, it leaves behind a buildup of mineral deposits, which is what causes the rough feel of the spot.
To get rid of water spots from your natural stone surfaces, first, try simply using a commercial-grade stone cleaner according to the container’s instructions. Often times, this is all that’s needed. If this doesn’t work, you can buff the water spot with 0000 steel wool. Once you’re done, wipe the spot clean with a damp washcloth and dry it immediately to avoid worsening the buildup.
This depends on a variety of factors, but a general range is between 1 to 5 years. Trying to determine how long a sealer will last? Consider the following:
The difference between honed and polished finish is a matter of their appearance.
A polished surface is the glossier, more reflective finish that you see in upscale hotels and high-end office buildings. When you see marble or other natural stone that is vibrant and extremely reflective, you can guess it had a polished finish.
A honed surface is more of a matte or satin finish, so it’s much more subdued in appearance and isn’t as reflective either. This type of finish is more likely to be found throughout people’s homes as well as in standard office buildings.
honed and polished finishes are great options for your natural stone; it really just depends on what kind of look you’re going for.
There are a couple of things you should do if you want to avoid permanent stains on your natural stone.
First, definitely have your stone surfaces sealed, and make sure they’re sealed with an impregnating sealer by professionals. Impregnating sealers work by penetrating the pores of your natural stone, which prevents other substances from seeping into the pores and causing stains.
Second, don’t save cleanup for later when it comes to your natural stone. Whether it’s in your bathrooms, your kitchen, or your reception desks, allowing spilled substances to sit on your stone surfaces will inevitably cause staining. No sealer can compete with perpetually poor maintenance. Stay on top of it, and you’ll stay in the clear of permanent stains.
This depends on a combination of how well you take care of it and how much wear and tear it experiences on a daily basis.
Marble is extremely durable, but in the natural stone world, it’s considered to be more on the softer side. If you aren’t careful to stay on top of regularly maintaining it using appropriate cleaning methods and products, its appearance will suffer over time.
Then there’s the amount of stress it undergoes on a routine basis. For example, is it a marble floor in a popular hotel that you’re dealing with or a marble counter at a reception desk? The appearance of the former will need replenishing much sooner than that of the latter since it experiences significantly more force.
For residential homes, we recommend sealing patios and decks every 3-5 years. A high-quality water-based sealer that has been expertly applied should easily hold up this long against harsh weather.
On the other hand, owners of commercial properties who have shared outdoor areas may need to do so more frequently. This is because there is a lot more traffic and daily use happening on these surfaces. Think about the amount of pool water that splashes up onto your hotel patios and decks, or the food and beverages dropped as people go from bar to lounge chair. The opportunity for stains and damage to your natural stone patios and decks abound in this setting, so resealing every 1-3 years might be necessary.
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