We restored this dulled black marble floor to its former colour and shine.
Floor Restorer and Marble
We deep clean marble and can remove scratches and marks before polishing to your specified finish. We offer a diamond polishing service which is a chemical free technique that actually polishes the stone, rather than applying a polish from a bottle, and is much more effective in maintaining the finish. We always apply a sealant.
As some stones and finishes are better suited to high traffic areas, we offer a consultancy service to help you choose the right type of floor for particular parts of your home or business.
History and uses
Marble is widely used in construction and interior decoration and looks great in both contemporary and classic design. It is highly versatile, extremely durable and can be successfully installed in most places including high traffic areas like staircases and hallways (although it will scratch if outside shoes are regularly walked over it). Never use anything acidic on it as it will mark. A polished marble floor will need maintenance so consider carefully the level of finish you want and what aftercare is necessary to keep your floor looking its best.
The word marble derives from the Greek word mármaron meaning shining stone. It is a metamorphic rock, which means that it changes composition over time from one rock to another. Millions of years ago marble used to be either limestone or dolomite but, deep down in the earth’s crust, a combination of intense heat and pressure converted its structure and caused it to re-crystallize. Pure white marble is the result of metamorphism of very pure limestone or dolomite. Foreign substances such as clay, silt, sand, iron oxides or chert often entered the stone during this process, creating an infinite variety of colours, textures and veining.
Famous monuments all over the world have been built with marble including the Taj Mahal in India and the Alhambra in Spain. The ancient Greeks and Romans used it extensively in their architecture. It has also been used in sculpture since classical times as it is relatively soft, uniform in composition and resistant to shattering. The low index of refraction of calcite allows light to penetrate several millimetres into the stone before being scattered out, resulting in a characteristic waxy look and giving “life” to marble sculptures.
Marble as we know it is cut from the ground in large blocks, sawn into slabs and subjected to a meticulous finishing process. Each piece is completely unique and natural. Tumbled marble results from cut tiles being tumbled in drums to soften and age the edges and surfaces. Marble can also be honed and polished.