Marble Etching Stain Repair Jacksonville

Marble Stain Repair Jacksonville

Marble stain repair Jacksonville  is a conversation devoted almost exclusively to the treatment of acid etch marks. Sure, rust, wine, food coloring and other chemical reactions can discolor the stone, but the acid etch mark is the main culprit.  This article is a discussion of marble stain repair with a concentration in the acid etch.

Acid Etching

If you need marble stain repair, there is a large chance the acid etch is at the root of your problem. There are many categories of natural stone, but for this discussions sake, let’s stick with the two main ones: granite & marble.

Without getting too involved in a technical discussion, granite is based on quartz and marble is base on calcium. Quartz is not subjected to acid etching and calcium is. Etching is a chemical burn of the stones surface by a low pH (below a 7) chemical. This etch cannot be “cleaned” but has to be removed using abrasives.

These abrasives come in several forms.

  • honing powders are powders manufactured to a specific grit. these will remove some but not all acid etches
  • diamond pads will remove etching in ever case if the operator begins the refinishing process at a grit level low enough to remove the etch.

These are the diamonds we use to repair marble

These are the diamonds we use to polish marble.

The following are marble stain repairs we’ve done throughout Jacksonville.

Here is a good example of marble stain repair Jacksonville. This beautiful table was etched by a housekeeper using an inappropriate cleaner.

You can see the acid etch on the right. On the left we have begun the process of restoration.

This is the etched table after refinishing. The following is a video of the Marble Repair Jacksonville.

Not sure why  companies that clean tile use acid.  A tile cleaner contracted with us to do this job after one of his technicians applied a low pH tile cleaning chemical to this polished finish crema marfil marble foyer. Fabric and Tile Masters routinely uses this very same acetic acid cleaner, but never on natural stone.

This job was complicated by the extra wide grout joint.  This made it difficult to level the uneven tiles. It required grinding with metal abrasives and several honing cuts with resin abrasives, followed by polish. This is an extreme example of acid etching. The customer presented me with an extra tile that was polished and we had to match that to make her happy.

Acid etched tiles.
Edgework using the Klindex Levigator
Foyer returned to a polish finish.

The following is a table that we repaired that was etched when the parents were out of town. Oh boy.

You can see the cloudy etch on the left side of the table.

The etch has disappeared. This etch was removed without refinishing the entire table. This is rarely an option because the stone usually has additional damage.

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I am the owner and founder of Fabric & Tile Masters and have decades of experience with all of the categories I write about. We refinish stone walls, counter and floors every day.

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