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Etched Marble Can Be Saved! Learn How This Shower Bench Was Renovated with a Stone Honing and Polishing Service in Brentwood, TN

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August 21, 2017

Marble is one of the most appreciated stones for its elegance and durability. It's a rock formed from limestone subjected to heat and pressure over a long period of time. It comes in many different colors and can have different types of finishes according to its specific function. One of the most sought-after types of marble nowadays is Brown Emperador, extracted in the region of Murcia in Southeast Spain. From the aesthetic point of view, this stone is praised for its pure and deep colors and natural gloss. It has a characteristic brown color with veining and white areas that give away the presence of calcite. From the structural point of view, it offers excellent durability. However, it has soft areas that are treated industrially to be made more resilient, but also extremely hard areas that can even damage sawing blades.

Before and After Picture of a Stone Cleaning Service in Brentwood, Nashville
This stone embellishes homes with its elegant appearance, which is why it was chosen for this bathroom in the Governor's Club subdivision—a high-end golf club in Brentwood, TN. However, with the passing of time, it had lost shine and smoothness. The routine cleaning methods could not do anything to improve its appearance, so it was decided that a Brentwood Stone Honing and a polishing service were necessary to get it fixed. Sir Grout Nashville was contacted by the homeowners, who found us in a local magazine.

On the day of the consultation, we assessed the bathroom and explained to our client that there are several ways in which marble deteriorates, such as flaking, staining, scratching, or etching. In the case of this shower bench, there was heavy etching from the contact with personal care products such as body wash, and improper cleaning methods with acidic cleaning products. What exactly is etching? Essentially, it is a mild form of corrosion that happens when acid reacts with the calcium carbonate in the stone, provoking dull spots. Polished marble is extremely glossy; therefore, spots and stains are even more noticeable on this type of finish, which is exactly what happened on this bench.

To recover the gloss on this bench, our expert technician thought it was most appropriate to apply honing and polishing, to achieve a renovated, shiny finish on the marble. Before starting, the surrounding area was masked off for protection. Next, our technician focused on diamond honing and polishing the stone. In the honing procedure, the imperfections on the surface are eliminated using a low-grit diamond pad that buffs the surface until it exposes a new layer of stone. Then, an increasingly high-grit pad is used to polish the stone to a high gloss, mirror finish.

The Brown Emperador marble shower bench now looks distinctively elegant after having recovered its glossy look. The last thing these clients wanted was to unknowingly damage their stone again. To keep the beauty of the marble, it is essential to use neutral-pH products in everyday cleaning. Many common household cleaners can actually damage marble. In addition to using an appropriate cleaning product, they were committed to taking precautionary measures to avoid future damage. Not only are they careful with choosing non-acidic shower products, but they also squeegee water from the area after each use.

Our clients at the Governor's Club subdivision in Brentwood, TN, were delighted with the results and the professionalism of our technician. They expressed their interest in having other services done with us in the future and they were happy to recommend our services to their neighbors.

Are you looking to bring back the original sheen to your marble and other natural stone surfaces? Make sure you contact our hard surface restoration experts at (615) 649-6767, or fill in the form on this website to get a free in-home consultation.

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