Increasing numbers of home and business owners are using marble to enhance their properties, at the same time adding elegance and a sense of permanence to their surroundings.
Marble has a classic and enduring look that enhances all manner of living spaces, including office areas, kitchens, bathrooms and terraces. It is often polished to become a reflective surface to add lustre and light to a room.
Despite its rugged nature, marble is quite porous and can quickly become dirty. It also absorbs acids, oils and other staining substances easily and can quickly lose its appeal. This can spoil the look of a room or property, lowering rather than adding to its value.
Common staining substances on marble include oil-based agents, organic solutions, metal based fluids and biological liquids, as well as ink, paint and other colorings. Etch marks are actually chemical burns formed when alcohol, ammonia or acid contacts the stone’s surface and reacts with the calcium carbonate element present in certain natural stones. The result of such contact is that the shine or finish of the stone is diminished.
The best way to keep marble surfaces in top condition and looking like they were just installed is to engage an expert familiar with cleaning, restoring, sealing and protecting such stone surfaces. Professional firms like Phuket-based The Stone Doctor Co., Ltd. safely and effectively eliminate stains and darkening agents form marble.
These experts use carefully selected cleaning solutions that avoid abrading and further staining the stone surfaces. They know how to apply the correct impregnating agents to remove discoloring and use solutions that actually enter the pores of the stone to neutralize and remove stains – even adding a long-lasting protective element.
Similar professional treatments can be used to clean and restore terracotta and other quarry tiles, as well as man-made terrazzo stone, porcelain (vitrified or non-vitrified), unglazed and glazed ceramic tiles, and even naturally “hard”stones. The basic techniques can be used on isolated stone surface segments, as well as larger sections such as those bordering swimming pools and gardens, as well as entire floors, walls and rooms.
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