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jmon 06-23-2013 06:49 PM

Dull marble and stone tile
 
Is there a way to make marble floor and stone tile look shinning again? When I get done mopping the floor, it looks nice and shinning, as soon as it dries, it's back to it's dull appearance. I would like it to look shinning all the time.

Is there some kind of sealent, wax, or cleaner I can use to put life back into my marble floor and stone tile? Not sure what to use on marble floor and stone tile to keep it looking good. I just mop it with water and a little lysol. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

user1007 06-24-2013 08:39 AM

What have you used on the floor since it was shiny. Marble and stone can dull and stain easily just from harsh chemicals and detergents. Often the only way to bring back the luster is to polish it. This may or not be a diy project and can involve some fairly expensive abrasives and heavy floor equipment.

I would call a company that refinishes marble and stone floors for estimates. You will also get some good advice on how to keep it up.

How old is the floor, by the way. Do you know if any sort of sealer was once used over it?

jmon 06-24-2013 10:15 AM

Thanks sdsester.

The only thing I ever used on it, is just mostly plain water and a little lysol. Some over the counter products like amonia, wax, magnagloss. Looks nice and shining when wet. When it dries it's very dull.

I don't know for sure how old the floor is, as this is a very old structure, but the marble and stone have to be at least easily over 100 years old. Just guessing. It use to be an old bank, then post office building at one time. Additionally, I don't know if it was ever sealed or not. I do not know what they did back in the day, as none of us were around then. It's possible it could have been sealed at one time, I'm sure the process would have to be done again. But you just don't see this kind of material and detailed workmanship like this anymore, and I would like to preserve it.

I will call for some estimates. As I agree with you, the only way to make 100 year old marble floor look shining again is to polish it somehow with chemicals and machinery, which I do not have the knowledge or skill for. This will require a company who specializes in marble and stone flooring as you have suggested. Over the counter cleaning and waxing products apparently do not work on stone. Thanks for your suggestions.

ccarlisle 06-24-2013 11:16 AM

Well, is it marble or not? You say "marble and stone tile" - just asking. There are two finishes to marble: Honed and Polished. And you're right: leave that to a professional...

It may be that it was simply honed at the beginning and never really polished later. But depending on the type of marble it is, it may be brought from a 'honed' finish to a 'polished' one - but with expert help.

And as already pointed out, use stone-specific cleaners for every day cleaning, not consumer products, certainly not ammonia or glossy finishes. Once a marble is polished, it will need no other treatment- apart from the regular cleaning with a recommended product.

user1007 06-24-2013 11:34 AM

Glad you are trying to preserve it if it is a century old. It will be worth the cost of polishing it I am sure.

jmon 06-24-2013 07:02 PM

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Originally Posted by ccarlisle (Post 1206408)
Well, is it marble or not? You say "marble and stone tile" - just asking. There are two finishes to marble: Honed and Polished. And you're right: leave that to a professional...

It may be that it was simply honed at the beginning and never really polished later. But depending on the type of marble it is, it may be brought from a 'honed' finish to a 'polished' one - but with expert help.

And as already pointed out, use stone-specific cleaners for every day cleaning, not consumer products, certainly not ammonia or glossy finishes. Once a marble is polished, it will need no other treatment- apart from the regular cleaning with a recommended product.

Wow! I didn't know that. Thanks ccarlisle. I Definately learned something here today. I just thought it was like any other floor. All I know is the workmanship and detail that went into it is awesome. You just don't see a lot of that today. I'm sure price has a lot to do with it.

Sorry, actually dealing with two different types of floor. The entry way is 30ftx30ft circular pattern marble floor with cathedral ceiling. Off to the side, seperate area, there is a 15ftx15ft square area of stone, maybe granite - not sure. Thanks for all your reponses and reccommendations.

soberjulie 06-28-2013 10:31 AM

I would LOVE to see pics of your floor. It sounds fantastic.


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