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When to Restore a Marble Countertop?

This time is now if you answer “Yes” on any one of following questions:

1. Are there a lot of etches, watermarks, clouds, rings?
2. Is a surface looks dull overall?
3. Is it worn out?
4. Are there a lot of deep or micro scratches?
5. Are there chips or roughness on edges of sink hole and counter?
6. Is a caulk on backsplash or sink is missed or molded?
7. Is a seam uneven and looks very noticeable?
8. Does your counter have been used regularly and older than 5 years now?

If a condition of your countertop doesn’t bother you a much and you are satisfied with it, here are a several tips how to extend a life of marble without restoration:

1. Seal a marble at least once in a year. You can do it easy by yourself, just follow instruction on a bottle of sealer.
2. Use only neutral cleaner. It must be acid/alkaline/ammonia/abrasive free cleaner. The best for this purpose is marble cleaner or dilute a few drops of hand soap with water. Actually a marble cleaner is a sort of liquid soap, and there are not “magical” components.
3. Wipe out immediately or as soon as possible any liquids you spilled onto surface, especially if it’s acidic, like juice, wine, soda as it’s will etch a surface. A neutral liquid like tea or coffee can leave a color stains rather than etches.
4. Don’t cut food directly on surface.
5. Don’t place hot kitchenware from oven.
6. Don’t drag or drop heavy objects on surface.
7. Don’t stand or sit on counter.
8. Use pads or coasters if needed.

Here is some “Restore it yourself” tips without hiring stone care expert:

Etch removal

If etching on surface is not deep you can reduce or remove it completely by rubbing/polishing it with sandpaper. First you’ll need to put masking tape all around a working spot, then start rubbing with sandpaper 800-1000grit, then go with 1500 and 2000 grit. With last sandpaper, do not turn sandpaper to a clean side; continue polishing with “loaded” sandpaper. In order to little improve a shining you can use “Goddard granite and marble polish” or similar products.
It may take a long time, so repeat it if necessary. It will be more difficult for white marble like White Carrara or Calacatta Gold, and easier for dark and black marble.
Also it will be easier if a marble has matt/hone finish, as you don’t need to achieve a proper shine.

To remove scratches, chips or cracks more likely you’ll need to call to professional as it will require some skills and supply.

Home-made poultice

Poulticing is most known the way to remove colored stains from marble and it can be easy prepared in home. You’ll need a powder, for this purpose good to use a talc, baby powder, flour or plaster of Paris. Mix a powder with water to “sour cream like” condition and apply on the stain, cover by plastic and seal edges with masking tape. Wait a 2-3 days or until the poultice become dry and hard. If you noticed any progress, then just reapply a poultice with same way until the stain disappears. If it’s doesn’t work with water you can try to mix powder with chlorine, bleach, tilex, marble cleaner, acetone, kerosene, paint thinner. Please note: some chemicals may leave etched spot.

All above recommendation and tips may lead to increasing damage of marble and must be done at your own risk and responsibility only.

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    Lynn W. Avatar
    Lynn W.
    5 star rating

    Eugene blew us away with how fantastic our bathroom turned out. We recently moved into an apartment and were disappointed by how poorly the marble stone was kept. A friend recommended Eugene, he was very responsive and professional. You can tell he takes pride in his work. He spent two full days polishing, cleaning, caulking and grouting the entire bathroom and it looks like new. Before he left we asked for a proposal for the kitchen! I highly recommend him and would use him for every stone job we have moving forward.
    He is simply the best.

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    Elle S.
    5 star rating

    The first, I was impressed with how fast they got back to me after asking for a quote. Eugene was professional, fast, and keep his promises. He communicates well and it was very easy to work with him, and I was very pleased. It is very important to me that people who I work with is professional and trustworthy. I can see a long-term relationship with them and am very happy to find them. By the way I found them by looking for an answer on Houzz for my question about my furniture.

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    Leonard K.
    5 star rating

    Eugene did right by us! Lowest estimate of several I received, but no corners cut. Very patient answering all my questions by email, super professional and respectful in my apartment, including thorough cleanup, and my counters look great!

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    Shaun S
    5 star rating

    Eugene was great. My contractor ruined our "travertine" floors. Our contractor used the wrong grout and my pale colored stone floors looked dirty. Eugene to the rescue! Eugene scrubbed, polished and regrouted the bathroom stone floor and it looks just the way it was meant to. Eugene told us that the stone was really limestone. He was quiet and went straight to work. I found him to be very respectful. He saw we had new flooring in the house and took off his shoes. Class act. We highly recommend Eugene. Now my family can finally move into our first home.

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    Allison M.
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    Eugene absolutely saved the day for us, and we are so grateful. With only 3 days left to move out of our BK apt, our movers cracked a priceless family heirloom marble dresser top. We were devastated! A friend of mine who does object restoration for museums gave me ABC's website, and Eugene spent a day communicating with me, and came, to our home (in a mask) the very next day and restored our marble on location and in our tight time frame. When he was finished, it was stunning, and we are beyond grateful to him. I hope I never need his services again, but I strongly recommend him to others. At the end, he even helped us correctly package the marble for our move so we didn't need to have the movers risk harming the marble again. We are so grateful to him!

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