How do I remove etching and restore my Marble countertops?
Updated: May 25, 2021
Everyday household cleaners along with food and drinks in the kitchen often leave marble countertops looking stained, etched and damaged. Etching is most often the reason for stone restoration professionals to be sought out. Because marble is a calcium based stone, anything acidic will etch the surface by dissolving the calcium.
Diamonds are to Marble as Sandpaper is to Wood
Rose Restoration can restore any marble surface to include countertops, islands, floors, walls and vanities. Our process includes a diamond honing process (50, 100, 200, 400 & 800 grit diamonds) which removes the surface of the stone and processes it to restore a natural finish. To polish the surface further often requires an additional step of applying an aluminum oxide based polishing powder to achieve a high gloss finish. Countertops are always cleaned and sealed with an impregnating sealer after work is done and we recommend cleaning and resealing annually. During the process no dust is generated due to our wet technique and all adjacent surfaces will be protected with tape and plastic.
How is the finish determined?
The finish of the stone changes as you go higher in the diamond grits (200, 400, 800). As you go higher in grit, you get more light reflection and color to the stone. Typically our technicians and estimators will return your stone back to its original sheen, however, you can change the sheen should you wish.
How do you protect the surrounding areas while you are working?
Before our technicians begin the job they will spend time covering adjacent surfaces with paper and plastic, placing plastic walkways and drop cloths to prevent damage. You can read more about the attention of detail we take while protecting surrounding surfaces in the article "How to protect surfaces while polishing stone".