Marble Restoration

Commercial Floor Restoration in Fort Lauderdale

If you want to create an atmosphere of opulence and class in Fort Lauderdale, marble flooring is a step above most other flooring options. Its unparalleled elegance can be seen at the Taj Mahal and in Michelangelo’s David, so why not your hotel or restaurant? Perhaps one of the reasons polished marble flooring in a restaurant or hotel encourages a feeling refinement is because it is reminiscent of those classic works of art or maybe because marble polishing gets it to a brilliant shine. However, there are more reasons to consider marble or other fine stones for your flooring than just aesthetics. Marble is a durable material, taken from mountains in large slabs, smoothed and polished. The patterns and colors occur naturally which means no two floors are alike. Marble is stain and scratch resistant and its hardness allows it to have a very high polish. Even compared to other stones, it can be polished to a smoothness you can’t get with other stone. For commercial businesses like hotels and restaurants, ambiance is an important part of what makes your guests feel comfortable. The right atmosphere can shape a dining or hospitality experience. Marble flooring, in top condition, can turn a bar and grill into a “dining experience.” How Hard is Marble? However, marble is a softer stone. In geology, the Mohs hardness scale measures scratch resistance. When you hear that diamonds are the hardest substance, it refers to this scale. Diamond is at a 10 while marble is between 3 and 4. That means it’s harder than things like copper, gold, aluminum, and most limestone. However, it’s still fairly low on the scale. If glass, iron, steel, and many other materials drag across it, [...]

By | April 11th, 2017|Marble Polishing, Marble Restoration|Comments Off on Commercial Floor Restoration in Fort Lauderdale

South Florida: Marble & Stone Restoration on Yachts

To anyone who has an interest in the ocean or sailing, a yacht has a certain undeniable appeal. The sun shines on the open water. The tropical winds kick up a salt spray that sprinkles across the deck. The warm South Floridian waters are an excellent place to see wildlife, go fishing, or just enjoy the view. On a yacht, you take the comforts of home to the beauty of the open ocean or you can cruise up the Intracoastal to show off your trusty nautical steed. A yacht is an expensive purchase and, in many ways, the height of luxury. Not only is the price tag a barrier to entry for most people, they usually require more upkeep than a typical piece of property. The reason? Well, there are a variety of factors that contribute to maintenance needs of a yacht. That salt air you could spend all day in actually does a lot of wear and tear to most surfaces. Boats and coastal buildings usually have to be painted more often than inland properties. To keep a yacht looking pristine, it needs to be painted every five or so years. Then you have the interior to consider. Surfaces inside the boat need upkeep as well. Salt water sprayed across the deck can cause corrosion on many surfaces and rust can build up quickly. Plus, a yacht is a moving vehicle that can bend and sway with the waves. Movement over time can cause subtle damage to appear like warping and cracks. Benefit of Using Marble Marble has a lot of benefits for use in a variety of settings but it’s especially valuable on a yacht. With many fine materials, you have to choose [...]

By | February 17th, 2017|Marble Restoration, Stone Restoration, Yacht|Comments Off on South Florida: Marble & Stone Restoration on Yachts

The Benefits and Care of Marble in Your Home

Marble is formed when limestone is subjected to heat. It is very aesthetically pleasing and often the preferred choice when one seeks to convey wealth, dignity, and style. It is classic and timeless. It is made of from the mineral calcite and other natural minerals such as clay, quartz, pyrite, iron, graphite, and micas. As the limestone undergoes the change process of metamorphosis the calcite in the limestone recrystallizes and interlocks calcite crystals. Marble in Your Home Choosing marble for your home is a viable option that enables your home to show well. You can put marble on your floor, on kitchen countertops, and even in showers. The main reasons for the popularity of marble is that it is durable, nonporous, and glossy. It is also beautiful in appearance and holds signature properties such as intricate and detailed swirl patterns and elegant spotting. Solid marble countertops often convey lovely taste and can be more affordable than you may think. To cut the cost of of this precious stone consider buying it in smaller tiles or use them as accent pieces. Other options include placing it around your home as decor accent pieces. For example, your kitchen countertop can be made with maple and feature a marble inlay at the center or as a backdrop. Marble inlays can be designed with carvings or etched simply with acid. The majority of accent pieces do not need to be sealed but many installers recommend using a vulcanized sealant along their edges if your space gets tons of traffic such as a kitchen or bathroom. Many homeowners choose to opt out of the sealants because often the sealant can cause a matte finish. Sealants typically come into play when you are looking at [...]

By | December 2nd, 2015|Marble Restoration|Comments Off on The Benefits and Care of Marble in Your Home

Mint Marble Tips – Marble Cleaning and Repair Part 2

When it comes to working on Marble Cleaning and Repair, Mint Marble and Stone is a cut above the rest. Here are some great insights to help for those who want to try and do some work on your own to maintain your marble investment. If we can help in any way, contact us today for a quote. When looking for marble care products there are usually good options to consider from companies who actually sell marble. Companies generally carry imported polish-cleaners, which are used on softer imported marbles and hence safe for the harder U.S. marble. They work faster and easier than the old "marble care kits" which used to be distributed by marble companies. Putty powder (tin oxide) can be used to polish dulled or etched surfaces, rubbing on with a damp cloth, folding and refolding to clean damp areas, and preferably using an electric polisher for buffing. However it"s very hard to find. Severely damaged surfaces: Scratched or etched, can be polished by a business making and selling tombstones or other marble products. Make a poultice from a white absorbent material such as a napkin, blotter, paper towel or facial tissue, dampened with the chemical recommended below to dissolve that stain; or mix a whiting with that chemical to make a soft paste to cover the stain. The poultice should be left on the stain for 1 hour up to 48 hours, depending on the age and depth of the stain. Plastic wrap, held in place by masking tape, can be put over the poultice to keep it damp; otherwise, it will have to be re-dampened with the chemical periodically. Mix only enough poultice for immediate use; mix a second batch later if another [...]

By | September 30th, 2014|Maintenance Tips, Marble Restoration|Comments Off on Mint Marble Tips – Marble Cleaning and Repair Part 2

Marble Resurfacing in Miami

In Miami, the housing market has been strengthening over the last two years. Many homeowners are looking to capitalize on the opportunity to relocate or recoup their investment.  In order to get the top market dollar, many homeowners are looking for ways to improve the appearance of their home.  One of the easiest ways to drastically improve the quality of your home is to resurface your marble floors.  Most people look at their marble floors and think they have to replace them if they are scratched, stained or worn down.  But in reality, all they need is professional Marble Resurfacing in Miami. Whether you try to resurface your floors yourself or hire an expert there are several things you need to understand. How to resurface marble floors? This process starts by removing a very thin layer of marble off the top of the floors.  This will remove the damage or stain.  The marble tiles or slabs should be thick enough to handle several resurfacing jobs without damaging the integrity of the marble floors.  Most professionals use a diamond cutter to remove the damaged marble.  This tool can be tricky to operate and the key to your success will be in making an even cut. Do not run the diamond grinder over one area of the marble longer than other areas or it will take off too much marble in one spot and not enough in others.  Even grinding is critical to your success.  Unless you have spent years grinding different types of marble floors it can be easy to create irreparable damage, forcing you to replace them which will cost more than you may recoup in the Miami market. How can I make my resurfaced [...]

By | April 30th, 2014|Marble Restoration|Comments Off on Marble Resurfacing in Miami

Mint Marble Tips – Understanding Your Marble Part 2

We at Mint Marble and Stone Restoration have heard of the many myths and old wives’ tales about marble polishing. Some of the more popular; but, erroneous and truly damaging, marble cleaning myths are as follows: use vinegar, ammonia, bleach, fine steel wool, furniture polish (some contain lemon and other harmful materials), all-purpose spray cleaners (some contain harmful petroleum based products or harsh alkaline chemicals). Some people use waxes, acrylics, urethane, sealers containing polymers, all these products mask (hide) the marble blemishes and dullness; but, they all give marble an artificial look; these coatings are soft, they scratch and scuff, they crack, flake, and peel off over time; they really become a maintenance nightmare. A very common problem, which is extremely damaging when used on marble, is the use of tile and grout cleaners. Tile and grout cleaners are formulated to clean ceramic and porcelain tiles and the grout between them. Tile and grout cleaners can be alkaline but the majority of tile and grout cleaners are acidic and are more corrosive in attacking the marble surface. There are so many over the counter kitchen and bathroom cleaners, glass and solid surface cleaners; and many of these cleaners list marble as one of the surfaces they can be used on. In order for these cleaners to be effective, they are formulated with chemicals that are extremely high in alkalinity and because of their chemistry, can be quite damaging when used on marble. Be aware; Especially, in bathrooms and kitchens, that marble will be damaged by soaps and shampoos, perfumes and other toiletries, by food and beverage spills. Most foods and beverages contain citric acid as a preservative. Be aware of grit, tracking in sand and [...]

By | April 20th, 2014|Maintenance Tips, Marble Restoration|Comments Off on Mint Marble Tips – Understanding Your Marble Part 2

Mint Marble Tips – Cleaning a Marble Shower Mistakes to Avoid

Mint Marble and Stone Restoration is here to help educate consumers about ways to help keep your home investments looking good over the long term. Below is a great article we have found on DoItYourself.com. Contact us if you find the need for and help. There are several mistakes to avoid if you are cleaning a marble shower. While marble is a hard stone it is very easy to permanently damage the surface if you use the wrong cleaners or methods. Acid-Based Cleaners: The shiny finish of your marble shower can be etched if you use an acid-based cleaner. This includes commercial cleaners that contain lemon or vinegar, as both are acids. Do not use cleaners that advertise themselves as removing lime and rust deposits easily as most of these are also acid based. If you etch the surface of the marble it will most likely have to be professionally refinished. Scouring Cleaners: Do not use scouring powder like you scrub sinks and bathtubs with as these will scratch the surface and permanently damage it. If an area needs to be scoured, use baking soda and a wet cloth or sponge. You can also use the 'soft' scrubbing style cleansers that won't do any damage to the surface. Wax: Many people use automobile wax on their marble shower stalls to keep them shined and water spots to a minimum. If you do, do not apply it to the floor of the shower as it will make it dangerously slick and you could suffer a fall. Mint Marble and Stone restoration has been providing Marble Polishing and restoration services for over 26 years in the Fort Lauderdale and South Florida area. Request a quote today and [...]

By | April 10th, 2014|Maintenance Tips, Marble Restoration|Comments Off on Mint Marble Tips – Cleaning a Marble Shower Mistakes to Avoid

Marble Restoration Miami

Our Team left our shop in Miami to help a Contractor restore his Marble Floors in his Condo.  Our Marble Restoration Miami Team quickly assessed the damage. Marble Restoration Miami Problem This is a condominium in North Miami Beach it has two 30-year-old bathroom Marble floors that needed Marble Restoration.  There was plenty of water damage and stains in addition to scratches and other stains.  Take a look at some of the photos below to see our work. Marble Restoration Miami Solution We offered to treat the water damage to minimize the discoloration but the homeowner wanted us to only remove the deep scratches and the dull spots.  After Diamond grinding, we applied our Everlast Floor System They also had Travertine floors throughout the rest of the apartment.  We cleaned and re-sealed the floors.  This Marble Restoration project was completed and the client was beyond excited by the results.  Our Marble Restoration Miami team has impeccable attention to detail and looks forward to helping your floors

By | March 16th, 2014|Marble Restoration|Comments Off on Marble Restoration Miami

Mint Marble Tips – Marble Cleaning and Repair

Mint Marble and Stone Restoration is here to help educate consumers about ways to help keep your home investments looking good over the long term. Below is a great article we found on DoItYourself.com. Contact us if you find the need for and help. Marble is a stone that is generally polished and used in fine building work, furniture, or decorative art. Due to its value, it's important to keep it clean and repaired to avoid long term and costly replacement expenses. Here are some tips on Marble cleaning and repair. Wipe off anything spilled on marble immediately, as you would on a wood surface. Avoid setting beverage glasses directly on marble as they leave rings. Occasionally wash marble surfaces with lukewarm water and wipe dry with a clean cloth. Wiping surface with a damp chamois will not leave streaks. Once or twice a year, depending on soil, wash with a mild detergent solution (hand dishwashing detergent and warm water), rinse and wipe dry. A light coat of wax will protect the surface of marble but is not considered essential. If you use wax: Use colorless wax. Don't wax white marble as it may tend to yellow it. A marble sealer can be applied to clean marble, which will protect from staining and allow any soil to be wiped off with a damp cloth. Marble which has become dull can be livened up by using a commercial marble cleaner and polish. Mint Marble and Stone restoration has been providing Marble Polishing and restoration services for over 26 years in the Fort Lauderdale and South Florida area. Request a quote today and learn how we can help save you time and money.

By | March 4th, 2014|Maintenance Tips, Marble Restoration|Comments Off on Mint Marble Tips – Marble Cleaning and Repair

Mint Marble Tips – 3 Care Tips for Marble Vanity

Mint Marble and Stone Restoration is here to help educate consumers about ways to help keep your home investments looking good over the long term. Below is a great article we have found on DoItYourself.com. Contact us if you find the need for any help. Proper care and maintenance are needed to keep your marble vanity top looking its best. There are cleaners available for this. However, you will want to make sure you stay away from harsh cleaners. Below are 3 tips that will help you in making your marble vanity top last and look great. Toiletries: Many hair and skin products can damage marble vanity tops because of the agents in them reacting with the marble. It is best to stay away from letting these products come in contact with your vanity. Using a tray to keep these products on is the best way to avoid contact with your vanity. There are many different styles of trays that can add to the unique vanity look as well. Cleaners: As stated above, you will want to stay away from any harsh cleaners when cleaning your vanity top. A good solution to use is a cup of water and a few drops of dish detergent. Use a soft sponge to wipe your vanity top. Dry: There isn't any harm in letting your vanity top air dry. However, it will leave water spots, and that may not be so attractive. For this, you can use a soft clean cloth to wipe it dry. Marble vanity tops are beautiful and will last a long time if you care for them well. Mint Marble and Stone restoration has been providing Marble Polishing and restoration services for over 25 [...]

By | February 17th, 2014|Maintenance Tips, Marble Restoration|Comments Off on Mint Marble Tips – 3 Care Tips for Marble Vanity