Monday, January 30, 2012

Marble Refinishing and Marble Protection

When living in South Florida, or Miami for that matter, it's important for your home to keep up its shine.  One particular way is to ensure your marble floor is gleaming.  Marble and granite restoration is a practice that can either be satisfying for a homeowner, or an outright headache.  Smaller jobs aren't that hard to accomplish, while the bigger jobs should be handled by a pro.  Basic wear and tear on your marble floor can leave it looking dull and without luster.  Simple cleaning and maintenence steps will ensure the life of your marble floor and keep it shining in that South Florida sun.
Marble restoration brings new life to this Miami Lobby
It's important that you realzie what and what can't be used to clean marble or during tile restoration.  Marble should be protected from all types of harsh products and chemicals.  Everyday items that can be found in the kitchen, like lemon juice and other acidic fruits and liquids can cause havvoc on your tile or marble.  While the stains don't have to be permanent, it's always a good idea to watch out for even minor spills.  In the event of a minor spill on your marble, use a gentle stone cleaner and gently whipe away the spill.  Not allowing the liquid time to set in will help in the recovery process.

An extra step to protecting your marble or tile is to properly seal it.  There are plenty of marble refinishing companies and marble restoration companies that can assist in the larger jobs.

Monday, January 16, 2012

How to Clean Tile and Grout

If your home or office space has tile floors, then you know how difficult it can be to clean them in an easy, effective manner, that won't harm yourself or your family.  Here's an easy, effective way to clean tile and grout.

For those smaller, DIY jobs, I would highly suggest some Oxygen bleach and good old elbow grease.  Oxygen bleach is non toxic and is color safe. Because of its non toxic nature it won't produce harmful fumes that can cause blurry vision, breathing issues and won't stain clothing and fabrics.  This is meant for small, DIY jobs, that may save you some time.  For larger or more difficult stains, it's best to contact your local stone restoration or marble restoration company.

To get things going, just combine some powdered oxygen bleach with water and mix until disolved.  Next, pour the mixture over your tile to ensure it's covering the grout lines as well.  Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes.  To clean grout effectively, let stand and repeat if necessary.

After the time has past, lightly scrub the tiles as you normally would.  If your tiles and grout are still looking a little dingy, it's best to call a profession tiling cleaning company.  Most professional tile and stone restoration companies will make your floors look like new AND save you additional time rescrubbing your floors.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

General Cleaning and Care for Natural Stone


Cleaning Procedures & Recommendations

General Cleaning - Clean stone surfaces with a neutral cleaner designated safe for natural
stone. Use a clean mop on floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces for best results. Don't use
more than the recommended amount of any cleaning product. Too much may leave a film,
causing streaks. Change rinse water frequently. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar
or other acids on marble, travertine or limestone as these can etch the surface of the stone. Do
not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the

Floor Surfaces - (For newly installed/restored floors, refer to our Stone Care Tips for important
instructions.) Dust mop interior floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop. Sand,
dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness. Mats or
area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt and grit that can
scratch a stone floor. Be sure that the underside of the mat or rug is a non-slip surface. Do not
use vacuum cleaners that are worn, the metal or plastic attachments may scratch the surface.

Bath and Other Wet Areas - in the bath/shower or other wet areas, using a squeegee after each
use can minimize soap scum.

Counter/Vanity Top Surfaces - Clean your countertops daily with a soft cloth or paper towel and
a residue free pH neutral cleaner designated safe for natural stone. Ask an expert at Classic
Marble Restoration, Inc. for product questions pertaining to their safety and usage with natural