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This Marble Kitchen Countertop in Houston, TX, Drastically Changed for the Better Thanks to Our Stone Polishing Services

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April 12, 2018

There is no doubt marble surfaces can add a touch of luxury to any home, but not knowing how to properly maintain them can cause many issues. Every week, a married couple from Houston, TX devoted time to cleaning their marble countertop using a mix of vinegar and water, as her family had advised them to do when the stone was first installed. However, over time, it stopped looking as splendid as it used to.

Before and after Picture of This Drastic Change of This Marble Countertop in Houston, TX, after a Stone Polishing Job
The stone was etched and stained. It only got worse after many attempts to fix it with different cleaning methods and products. They went online to find out what could have contributed to the marble's deterioration. They consulted several websites and concluded that in their attempts to breathe life into the stone surface, they had worsened the situation. The homeowners realized they needed professional help, so they searched for Houston Stone Polishing experts and found Sir Grout Houston's website in the top results. After they saw the testimonials and reviews left by happy costumers, they called to schedule a free in-home consultation.

Should You Be Concerned About Having Marble Surfaces in Your Kitchen?

One of the reasons marble remains in heavy demand for kitchen countertops is its elegant look. Marble is also heat resistant, so it stands up well to hot pots and pans. For many people, there are two main concerns when it comes to this igneous stone for their kitchen area:

  • The first is, as with most stones, the porous nature of marble. This means it can easily absorb liquids. Oils, juice, wine and many other spills can seep deep into the stone very quickly, and they are extremely hard, if not impossible, to get out. Fortunately, there are stone sealers that prevent this from happening, so always make sure to have your stone surfaces properly sealed.

  • The second reason is that people often believe marble scratches easily, especially in the kitchen. They argue that sharp knives might damage the surface, or that heavy pots might chip the stone. While it is true that polished marble can sometimes easily show scratches and etch marks, they can be easily prevented by taking proper care measures, such as using a cutting board when cutting food to avoid scratching the marble and keeping the stone sealed to prevent spills from dulling the surface.

Overall, as with most surfaces, if you keep your marble countertop properly maintained, it should remain in good condition for years.

Before and after Picture of This Marble Countertop in Houston, TX, That Looks Shiny Again Thanks to a Stone Polishing Job

The Free Consultation

On the appointed day, our team arrived at the homeowner's residence to assess the countertop's damage and offer the best possible solution to restore it. On the way to the kitchen, the customers admitted to using acidic products. After they inspected the surface, our techs noticed it was heavily etched and stained. The lack of proper care the customers gave to their countertop showed. Thankfully, they were able to tell the customers it was nothing that a well-performed stone polishing service could not fix. The homeowners agreed to the service and set up another appointment for the job.

The Polishing Process

On the day of the job, our team started by spraying a stone-safe cleaner with antimicrobial properties all over the countertop's surface, letting it sit for a few minutes to loosen up the dirt. This cleaner can also help keep the surface protected from harmful bacteria up to one week after it has been applied. They rinsed it with a high-speed scrubber until the stone was completely free of any grime, stains, and residue. After they were done with the cleaning, they honed the marble with a low grit pad to remove the etch marks and scratches. They continued with a thorough polishing of the entire surface to give it a nice, glossy finish. For the final step, they used a deep-penetrating sealant to close the stone's pores and prevent stains for years to come.

The Finished Product

When our team was done, they let the customers see the results. Their marble countertop now looked as good as new. They could not believe it. They thanked our techs and promised to call back for maintenance to keep their marble looking fantastic.

Marble Care-Tips

Before leaving, our experts gave the customers a few simple tips to care for their marble surface until the next maintenance. First, they recommended staying away from cleaners with acidic components and to use pH-neutral stone-safe cleaners instead. Second, they suggested wiping away food and liquids as soon as possible to avoid damaging the surface or wearing off the sealant. Third, they advised them to never miss a maintenance and sealing session, which could result in heavy damage or unnecessary expenses.

Has your marble surface lost its appeal? If you need to have it restored, call the best professionals in the field of surface restoration. Here at Sir Grout Houston, we have the necessary tools and experience to provide our customers with the best surface restoration services. Call us at (713) 856-9586 or fill out the "Request a Quote" form on this website to schedule a free, in-home evaluation today! Also, make sure to subscribe to our newsletter if you want to keep up with our latest news and promotions.

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