The processes used when maintaining marble installations are different, based on the specific situation involved. There are situations where it’s routine polishing, to restore the gloss that has been partially lost from the floors. It can be a case of chemical substances that got spilled on the marble countertop in the kitchen, damaging the surface- a situation which will need to be rectified before applying the final polishes. Are there blemishes on your installation? Scratches, scuff marks and similar require to be attended to. Speaking of which, there are marble floors where the scratches are actually needed for the aesthetics, and in this case light abrasion is required to artificially create the scratches. Some scenarios will call for wax finishes, others will need non-wax formulations. There are instances where mechanical polishing machines are employed, other cases such as floors with uneven lippage or when there are obstacles on the surface, such that the machine won’t be feasible, need a different approach. Some worktops and floors and pure marble, others have mixed installations, where the structure has different natural stone materials that compose it, in which case the products needed should be able to treat the entire surface as one in order to have uniform results. Our professional crew, with years of experience in the industry, will apply the appropriate methods suited to your needs.
For routine maintenance of the polished surfaces, there is a wide assortment of products that can be used. These are all sourced from renowned manufacturers. Take Faber for instance. Here, products like the Top Care maintenance cream come in, which sticks onto the surface and protects it from limescale halos- which is a common problem with marble installations. The formulation enhances the water resistance of the material, maintaining the splendour of the treated surface. The Faber SHS Wax has made a name for itself as a result of its durability. Its high resistance to wear and abrasion makes it a top choice for treating those floors that handle high levels of foot traffic, and even those that have medium vehicular traffic like garages and auto showrooms. By protecting the floors in your office building, or industrial setting, it prolongs the life of the installation. Solid Wax, on the other hand, is used on those surfaces without foot traffic. In this case the focus is on walls, countertops and work surfaces. This formulation contains quality paraffin, enhances the shine of the surface, and it’s a fast drying unit. The Faber B1/920, a water-based polish, can also be used on vertical surfaces. What of those case where conventional machines cannot be used? These are the likes of statues, stair risers and furnishing items constructed with marble? For these, the Faber Liquid Wax is applied. It’s a restoration treatment that brings back the tone and colouration of the material, enhancing its aesthetic appeal. What’s more, the oil- and water-repellence nature of the result makes the subsequent cleaning operations a breeze. Self-polishing units like the water-based Faber HidroFab come in to seal the surface and set a dirt-proof layer, and slightly accentuate the original tone and colour of the material. It’s a finishing treatment, and provides active protection from staining and dirt. Its counterpart, the HidroFab AR, is specifically used when the goal is to set a satin-effect finish on the surface.
Products such as the Faber A1 Yellow are used for their quick action, leaving a deep shine on the treated surface, and drying fast to enable you to resume using it in moments. This can be applied onto the surfaces using quality equipment such as the Warrior single disc machine, which is actually from the same brand as the polishing powder. The A3 Yellow, on the other hand, is a wet polishing powder, and it also sets a deep vitreous shine on the surface. With the A1 Grey, our crew gets to bring the desired shine to those delicate marble installations, such as Bardiglio marble- which are highly susceptible to damage caused by acidic agents. Our crew can use the Faber A2 Mix to restore the shine to particular worn out surfaces, buff after polishing has been carried out, or simply for maintenance polishing. The different cases call for alterations in the methods used and the passes made using the single disc machines. This is carried out until the desired gloss level is attained. With the A2 Mix, the surface hardness of the underlying support is preserved, and it also boosts the resistance of the installation to dirt. This retains the shine that has been obtained for longer.
From damage repair to crystallization
With repair- be it restoring the surfaces worn down by foot traffic, those with scratches or ruined by chemical aggression, units such as the water-based Faber K100 are employed. It’s a wax-free product, that directly acts on the material itself. When it comes to crystallization, a common issue with conventional methods is rust. Typically, an acid solution is applied onto the surface, and a steel wool pad fitted onto a weighted floor machine is used for the polishing. However, in a key point of concern with this approach is the risk of oxidation that results. The benefits of crystallization cannot be overlooked though, especially since the resultant gloss is formed by the formulation being used reacting with the structure itself, and becoming a part of it. To circumvent the risks and still get optimise on the crystallization process, products like the Faber CristalFab White Pad are incorporated into the marble restoration process. This cream has been developed for application using a polishing machine with a white pad, and will restore the shine to the marble floors that have lost their gloss. You won’t have to worry about a slippery surface being left behind. What’s more, when it is used as part of the routine maintenance program in your establishment, it actually protects your installation from deep down damage to the structure, increasing the intervals between which a complete mechanical polishing and buffing will need to be done. The liquid Faber CristalFab comes ready to use, and is applied through spray buffing, and allows for quick and easy maintenance. What’s more, the formulation does not cause any yellowing or greying on the treated surface, and goes further to increase the scratch resistance of the installation.