Marble Cleaning Services in Houston, College Station and Surrounding Areas :
Our marble cleaning typically involves a intensive cleaner that is very effective, but very gentle on the stone. We are very careful not to get the stone too wet, because any floor can be water logged or flooded. This is very important because water and soap can hurt or damage your floor by penetrating too deep.
There are a lot of other companies that will use surface cleaners which are basically a pressure washer with a vacuum. These machines often open up the pores on soft stones, and for that reason we don't recommend using that on your marble floor.
These machines use between 1200-1800psi at 3 gallons per minute, that is way too much water hitting the floor with too much pressure. The vacuum does not stop the water from penetrating the floor and opening up the pores.
Let me give you example that you might understand: If you have ever pressure washed your driveway or concrete you would have noticed little particles of sand all over you and everything around you. Now we can think that it's dirt but the truth is that it's part of the concrete and you are opening up the pours. That's why after cleaning your concrete it gets dirtier faster and faster unless you seal it. This wil also, in the same way, happen to your marble.
Marble Maintenance Services:
Once your marble floors have been professional cleaned and sealed,the floors should not need maintence for between 1-4 year, depending on traffic and proper sealing. We recommend getting your floors professionaly cleaned as needed, and never wait longer than the recommended maximum of 4 years.
Types of Marble Finishes
Marble tiles have become more popular in home flooring, walls, backslpash, pavers, and around the pool. All travertine can look uniquely different due to their different finishes. Some of the most popular finishes are polished (a mirror like shine), tumbled (rough), Brushed (worn or textured suface), or honed (matte). Your Texas Floor Restoration technician will be able to correctly identify which type of travertine you have and can further advise you on how to clean it to bring out it's maximum potential. Each marble is different, and they varry by color, durability, porosity, and density depending on the quarry that they came from. No two marbles are the same so be cautious when a company has a "one size fits all" answer to your floor cleaning plan.
Mistakes We See When Cleaning Marble
Cleaning marble requires special tools, chemicals, sealers, and protectants to prevent scratching, etching, and permanent staining. If your professional DOES NOT have the right tools, chemicals and expertise he could create a scenario for some fairly significant damage to your marble stone. CAUTION: never clean marble with cleaning products containing lemon, bleach, vinegar, or any type of acidic products. Also never use scouring creams and powders. These types of products will etch or scratch marble floors and may require costly marble restoration services to your budget. Also NEVER clean with high alkaline cleaner as they break down the sealer leaving your floors vulnerable to water stains, etch marks, and other stains. We also NEVER Recommend using using OxiClean or Mr.Clean Magic Eraser as a cleaner on any type of natural stone. OxiClean and Mr. Clean Magic Eraser have many beneficial uses but using it to clean your marble is NOT one of them. All our clients receive a comprehansive Stone Care Guide that address these issues.
The next most common mistake we see being made, is that the home owners or their "professional" marble cleaner will use a generic sealer from the local hardware store that leaves the floor with a sticky residue. The reason for that is because your polished, tumbled or honed marble have different porosities. Again one size dot fit all. You will need a sealer that correctly matches your marble needs.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us at 713-306-4822 or email us using the email contact form on this site at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or concerns.