Marble floor polishing & stone floor polishing

We have extensive experience in the field of marble and stone floor polishing and restoration. If your stone can be cleaned and restored, P Mac will achieve the optimum possible results for you. On the other hand, if we feel the outcome won’t live up to your expectations, we will let you know beforehand. All our operatives have undergone extensive training and have many years experience restoring floors to new in people’s homes.

As a Heritage Contractor, we preserve the past by using the least intrusive cleaning and restoration methods.

Marble floor cleaning & stone floor cleaning

Cleaning and stain removal

Most marble and natural stone floors and surfaces can be revitalised and returned to their original state. When installed and cared for correctly, your stone or marble floor should last a lifetime. We have cleaned, polished, sealed, repaired, and restored thousands of marble and stone floors, dating from the 1800s to modern times.

Stains can occur very easily in natural stone. If a floor is unsealed, any liquid spilled will seep into the stone. Our stain removal process starts at a very gentle chemical clean and can range up to a poultice or resurfacing of the stone.

Poultice treatments are a very gentle way of removing stains. A cleaning agent is mixed with very fine powder, applied to the surface of the stain, covered with polythene, and then left to dry. The powder draws the stain from the surface. This may take up to three days and several applications may be needed.

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Before and after: badly stained marble floor, cleaned and polished

Polishing and honing marble and natural stone surfaces

Once your marble, travertine, limestone, granite or crema marfil and stone surfaces are cleaned, we commence the honing and polishing process. The polishing process removes deeper ingrained stains on the floor, such as etch marks and light scratches. These are generally what gives marble and stone that dull and lack-lustre appearance.

Polishing (marble, travertine, limestone,terrazzo, granite)

Polishing is defined as placing a high reflective finish on the surface of the stone. Polishing is usually accomplished using super-fine abrasive powders, but can also be achieved with super-fine diamond abrasive discs or polishing pads.

During polishing, we remove a microscopic layer from the surface of your floor. This can only be achieved by using a series of different grade diamond grits, used in the correct order. Only a qualified craftsperson with experience in polishing should carry out this process – incorrect methods and processes can completely ruin your marble or natural stone floor.

Honing (marble, travertine, limestone,terrazzo, granite)

Honing is the process of smoothing the stone with the use of abrasives. Although not as aggressive as grinding, it does require the use of water, and can be quite messy. Honing is performed to remove scratches, but will not remove lippage (uneven tiles). It can, however, round the edge of the stone, giving it a smoother edge. The honing process is achieved with the use of diamond abrasives. Honing can leave a stone floor with very little shine, although some stones will acquire a satin-like lustre at very high hones.

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Polished marble floor in a hallway

Sealing marble and stone floors

Stone is naturally porous; any liquid spilled on unsealed stone will seep into the stone and stain. By sealing the stone, you effectively seal these pores. This prevents the spill soaking into the stone, leaving it on the surface where it can be cleaned up. Spills should be cleaned up as soon as possible, as they can penetrate if left.

Polished natural stone reflects light and does not need a topical coating or wax to achieve a high gloss finish. We recommend sealing with a topical seal on heavily trafficked floors in commercial environments, or on travertine, quarry or terracotta tiles due to their highly porous nature.

Stone sealers break down in the presence of UV light, when cleaned with harsh cleaners or because of general wear. It is therefore recommended that you re-seal your stone every two to three years.

Sealing marble and stone with a penetrating or topical seal

Impregnating seals or topical seals should be replaced before they deteriorate. All of the seal should be completely removed before any new seal is applied. The application of a penetrating seal will not alter the appearance of the stone. A topical seal will give a slightly gloss finish to your stone and enhance the colour of your tiles and grout.

Stripping off old seals from marble and stone floors

We would advise that the chemical used for stripping old seals come from the same manufacturer as the existing seal. Seals have a life span and floors should be stripped and resealed before this life span runs out.

Some of our happy clients