Wednesday, October 1, 2014

More DIY Marble Polishing Tips for the Amateur Home Remodeler

Everyone likes to take a stab at home remodeling—how can you not with the abundance of TV programs available to help guide you and show you cost savings on your effort? DIY marble polishing tips are available all over the web for people who want to take a stab at refreshing their kitchens, bathrooms and floors. Our DIY tips are available for the type of marble used in homes only. We do not recommend them for works of art as that is actually geologically different than that which you see in your home building. If you have a sculpture made of this material, our recommendation is to take it to an actual artist for polishing lest you ruin it in the attempt. When we describe our DIY polishing tips we are referring to builder's marble, either cultured or solid.

Cultured marble is a lot like a cultured diamond. It is created for the purpose of home use. It can be marble flooring, a kitchencounter or sink. This type of stone, while beautiful, is easy to scratch and stain. It is also easy to repair light damage and remove stains if you have a sander and the right sealing products. Before starting this project, head out to your local home improvement store and purchase a cut cleaner or marble polish solution and some fine grade sand paper. You will lightly sand the entirety of the marble surface until you have the finest of powder appearing on the top and you cannot see the stains. Rinse the entire area thoroughly and then let it dry, possibly even overnight. Once the surface is dry, apply the polish or sealing solution to the top and let it dry again. This should work for most issues. If the cuts are deeper, rather than resand it, you may wish to call in a professional to resurface the area. Solid marble counters or floors should not be sanded by the homeowner unless he or she has had past experience. Your local home improvement stores should carry products that can seal the surface and make it look shiny again. Some people will use silicon polishes and even car waxes to get that “new” appearance they had when they first purchased the surface, but these are temporary DIY fixes, and not long-term solutions to scratches and wear.

Marble is crystallized limestone, not a particularly “hard” geologic element, and for this reason, anything that is particularly deep should be addressed by a professional who is used to working with this type of stone. The last thing you want is to ruin the surface you're trying to protect. Remember that the DIY marble polishing tips we've provided are only for slight stains and light scratches. To use them for anything other will not work, and to apply sandpaper with too much force will create real damage to the surface. 

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