This Homeowner Was Thrilled to See Her Black Marble Surfaces Shine Again After a Stone Polishing Job in Vienna, MD
September 20, 2016This homeowner from Vienna, MD, had decided to sell her house. When the real estate agent went to give her an appraisal, she suggested that if the homeowner improved the look of the bathroom, she would be able to get a higher market value for it. One of their former clients had hired Sir Grout's local stone polishing services in Vienna and had gotten a significantly higher appraisal for their property. She actually hadn't noticed that her bathroom's floors and vanity tops had become so ugly, lusterless, and stained. When the real estate agent brought it to her attention, she searched the internet for pictures of black marble and was shocked when she saw the difference.
She contacted us to do a free evaluation, and when we showed up at her house, we confirmed what the real estate agent had told her. The floors and vanity tops were etched, dirty, and dull. Years of foot traffic and exposure to different substances had taken a toll on the look of this bathroom's floors and vanity tops. Marble is a soft stone; this makes it predisposed to etching because of its calcium carbonate content. When any acidic substance comes into contact with the stone surface, it reacts with the calcium carbonate, dissolving it and creating a dull spot. This is what we call etching. Since this is not a stain, it cannot simply be removed. Homeowners typically think that because marble is a stone, it doesn't need any kind of maintenance, but all hard surfaces need care. Surfaces in high traffic areas, such as the bathroom or the kitchen, will scratch, etch, and lose their luster.
To help this homeowner get her marble's shine back, we carried out a honing and polishing job. In order to do this, the stone polishing experts used polishing powder and buffing tools to remove the etch marks and give the floor an even appearance and provide it with that wonderful lustrous finish you can see in the pictures. We explained that if she was planning to sell the house, she should pass on some recommendations to the house's future owner. Firstly, she should advise them to use pH-neutral products to clean all marble surfaces. Secondly, an important piece of advice we gave her was to never use cleaners that contained acid, such as bathroom cleaners and tub cleaners. And finally, to prevent damage to the countertop surfaces due to chemicals contained in toiletry products, they should use a vanity tray to prevent direct contact of such products with the stone.
When the homeowner saw the results, she couldn't believe the difference! She now understood how a stone restoration job could help her get a better deal for her house. The beautiful black marble on her bathroom floors and vanity tops looked as good as new, all the elegance of the marble surfaces came back as if it had never been gone.
If you are thinking about giving your marble floors a honing or polishing to get them back to what they used to be, you should probably seek the help of professionals. At Sir Grout Washington DC Metro we are willing and able to help you with any issues your hard surfaces may have. Just contact us by calling (703) 594-2260 or send us a message to request a free evaluation.
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