Gloss – O – Meter for measuring shine on marble floors

Some concerns our clients raise about shine of diamond polished marble floors:CLEANSWEEP ITALIAN MARBLE POLISH 18-03-2019
– The floor should be shinning more.
– The shine is not even in all areas of the floor.
– How do we know the shine has improved from before polish to after polishing the floor?

 

To solve all of these concerns we use a gloss – o – meter, which gives an accurate reading of shine level of a floor. We measure the gloss with a gloss – o – meter before starting work and after we have completed a project. A shine level above 85 is good. The percentage of gloss achieved will depend on the composition of marble. This meter can be placed at different places across a polished marble floor to determine if shine is standard in all areas of a room.

 

At Cleansweep we believe in providing our clients with the latest quality marble polishing service. To achieve this we use the best technology with ample training to ensure clients are satisfied with our service. If you have any marble flooring that needs restoration, please feel free to contact Cleansweep for marble diamond polishing service in New Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida and Faridabad.

 

Bathroom marble wall polishing

At Cleansweep we work with architects on new projects. Here we get commissioned the entire marble polishing of the building, this includes – walls, floors, skirting, countertops, steps, grooves, moulding, chamfering and window panelling.

 

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Herewith please find some images of our team working on marble cladding polishing. In this project, we first removed the fibre from the walls. Then the walls were cut to even it out and remove all lippage. Thereafter grouting and all cracks and pin holes were filled. Once the filling was cut, we completed the rest of the steps of marble polishing to bring a high gloss finish. We also made all the grooves and moulding to ensure they are smooth and neat. In the images you can see the difference between polished and unpolished marble. Once all the bathroom fitting and fixtures are installed we will give the walls one last buff.

What is marble crystallisation and what are its benefits?

anand niketanThe crystallization process consists of spraying a liquid crystalliser onto the polished marble floor and buffing it in with steel wool under a standard weighted single disc floor machine. The steel wool generates heat through abrasion and the chemical reacts with the marble, producing a new compound on the surface of the stone. The most common ingredients of crystallization chemicals are acid, magnesium fluorosilicate, and water. The surface of the stone is chemically altered when applying crystalliser and there is no way to reverse the process. The only way to remove a crystallized layer is through grinding the floor with diamond grits.

 

Through the crystallisation process the resulting layer of calcium flurosilicate that is formed on the surface of the stone makes the stone harder, more glossier and more resistant to stains. This is the primary principle behind using a crystalliser.

 

Crystallisers can only be used on polished marble surfaces, not honed marble. It is simple and easy to use marble maintenance process. Do note, one should avoid using wax based crystallisers because they can create a build up on the surface of the stone relatively quicker than oxalic acid compounds.

 

Image attached – Marble crystalliser applied on polished marble floor to give high gloss, mirror finish

Salt sedimentation / efflorescence on marble

Have you ever seen marble with white patches on it? When you run your hand over these white patch, does it feel Salt_Sedimentation_Marblerough?

 

This phenomena is known as efflorescence or salt sedimentation on surface of marble. It happens when there is dampness below the marble. This dampness doesn’t have an outlet to dry so it seeps up through the marble and comes to the surface of the stone. Upon drying it leaves white patches which can become rough.

 

This problem occurs in flooring which is surrounded by garden on all sides or by a water body and adequate water proofing is not done to protect marble.

 

When clients come to us with such issues, some people have the impression that polishing the marble with diamond grits will cut the white spots and solve the problem. Unfortunately, this is not the solution. Temporarily the marble will look good. But eventually if the source problem is not resolved, the dampness will once again come through the marble and dry on the surface.

 

We have temporary solutions such as diamond polish with epoxy to create a film over the marble or the application of sealers meant to protect against efflorescence. However, it is likely that the efflorescence will come up again. You may ask how long will these solutions last for. It all depends on the level of moisture in the stone.

Dholpur(Sandstone) floor restoration

Below please find some before and after images of cleaning work done on Dholpur floors on a terrace. Usually, two grits numbering 60 and 100 are good enough to clean Dholpur. However, because of the green marble slabs in between the Dholpur slabs, we have run grit numbers 200 and 400 to give a honed finish to the green marble.
Once completely dry we have applied two coats of sealer, which was left to dry for 72 hours.
Thereafter a clean terrace was ready for us again!
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Marble restoration and polishing

IMG_7913The ledge of a bathroom counter top was broken at one of the sites we were working at.

 

This is a defect in installation. With pressure over time, the ledge have way. Thanks to the craftsmanship of our team, we were able to piece the ledge together and blend in the binder to match the colour of the stone.

 

Needless to say, we saved our client a lot of money :)

 

The variety of jobs we encounter and the challenges we face make us better and more knowledgeable to be your trusted marble polishing service provider. Contact us for all marble restoration and polishing requirements.

Cleansweep – The process of marble polishing and grinding

floor care servicesOver time the floors of our homes start to look dull and scuffed. Marble may develop cracks and chips. Grouting may become black. Regular maintenance is necessary to restore shine. To do so we use the ‘mirror image marble polishing process’. This process uses specialized machines, industrial diamonds, and chemical compounds to achieve results. Industrial diamonds come in a sequence where the lower the number of the grit, the better is its ability to cut the marble and as the number increases the diamonds polishing ability is enhanced.

 

Benefits of using our marble polishing service:

  • Zero lippage
  • Repair cracks and chips and remove scratches
  • Restore original shine of floor
  • Match grouting with colour of the stone
  • Use best in class marble grinding machines from Italy
  • Trained manpower that understand the nuances of working with marble
  • Hand over your premises as you give it to us taking care not to spill slurry and to clean up behind us.

The marble polishing process involves grinding, honing and polishing.

 

Grinding – This is the first step in the marble polishing process. This is achieved with metal bonded diamond grit which coarsely grinds away the stone leaving it flat, but with a rough finish. The next step is to repeat the process with finer grades of diamonds which are resin bonded. The finer grits will remove scratches left in stone from the previous grit. The level to which grinding takes place depends on several factors such as color and type of marble, number of scratches, depth of stains, levelness of marble etc. This is the most important step and leads to removal of stains, scratches, roughness, and evens out the marble.

 

Honing –Industrial diamonds of higher grits are used to enhance the natural shine of marble floor. Each grade of industrial diamond used is progressively finer which serves to remove the scratches which are left in the stone by the preceding grade. Eventually, the scratches will not be visible to the naked eye, allowing the light to reflect of the stone.

 

Polishing – Polishing brings a “mirror-like” shine by chemical reaction on the surface of marble. Polishing also creates microfilm on the surface of marble, which is more solid and durable and helps to preserve the color and the brightness of the marble. Polishing is done using a powder polishing compound mixed with water. After polishing, the floors are washed with plain water and then buffed.

 

For regular maintenance of mirror-like finish on marble flooring, the floors can be scrubbed, polished and buffed once every 6 months.

 

Above explains the standard marble diamond polish process. When undertaking this process, you can opt to apply a densifier on your floor or a top-level sealant. In addition, you can also polish marble counter tops, wall cladding, skirting and steps. If you have any grooves or moulding that need to be made our team can give you a smooth finish on all edges, grooves and moulding. Please do contact us at Cleansweep on 9717719303 for more details on how we can best maintain your marble floors.

How to make smooth grooves / moudling in newly laid marble?

Cleansweep - Marble MouldingOften clients ask us why it is expensive to make grooves / moudling in new marble. When grooves and moulding are set in marble (reference image), they have sharp edges. To smoothen the moulding / grooves we have the following options to choose from:

 

– Use a hand grinder machine to remove the sharpness from the edges.

– Use hand sand paper starting at 60 number of coarness and work our way up to 420 number of sand paper. Each subsequent number is less coarse than the previous. It works by removing the sharpness and then smoothening the edges.

– There is a machine available that makes the moulding and edges on pieces of stone. Then the ready made pieces are mounted on walls or skirting. This machine is expensive and usually available with large companies that focus on marble laying work.

 

We recommend a combination of the first two steps. Our reservation with using only the hand grinding machine for the edges is that on walls, it does not give the smooth finish one would want. The aim is to run our hand along the grooves / moulding and not get cut. The machine helps to remove the sharpness of the marble, but using the hand sand paper made for stone brings the smoothness.

 

Making grooves and moudling with only a machine is quick. But if you want perfect grooves, use sand paper as well. The sand paper is what is time consuming and required a lot of effort as everything is done by hand. Once the grooves and moudling are made, you will never have to repeat this process, just maintain cleanliness and shin. It is worth the one – time investment.

 

If you have a new project where you are installing marble and need a professional team for marble polishing, please contact Cleansweep. We provide marble diamond polish and restoration services in Noida, Gurgaon and Delhi.