Marble floors are known for their shine. If you have a marble floor tiles, they are likely to get scratched or fade at some point. You don't have to replace the whole floor. It is possible to restore the floor with the right tools. Here are tips to refinish marble floor tiles.
Prepare to Work
For this project, you need:
- work gloves
- old clothes
- safety goggles
- masking tape
- several large towels or drop cloths
- lint-free cloth
- mild detergent
- distilled water
- soft paint brush
- shop vac broom
- buffing compound and pad
- angle grinder
- diamond refinishing disc
- buffer and pad marble stone sealer
Open the window to ventilate to avoid breathing harmful fumes for repair materials. Wash the clothing you wear to repair the floor separately from other loads.
Cover areas you don't want touched by buffing compound and sealer with tape. Make logs from the drop cloths or towels, and set them inside the tape. Replace and move the rolls as needed.
Sweep the floor, and dip a sponge in mild detergent mixed with warm distilled water to clean the undamaged tiles and let it dry. Distilled water doesn't leave hard water stains.
The size of the floor will determine the buffer size. Measure the floor in square feet, and take it with you when you rent or buy supplies. For large floors, consider using a floor sander. If the floor has deep scratches or gauges, buffing restores the shine, but they will still be visible.
Buff the Floor
Wet the floor with clean distilled water, and use a shop vac to dry it. Attach the dullest disc to the diamond refinishing disc, and buff out scratches. Work your way up to the sharpest disc.
Mix buffing compound, and apply it to the pad. The mixture should be enough to cover the work area. Don't apply buffing compound with bare hands, as it is acidic.
Attach the pad to the angle grinder, and buff each tile in small circles for about thirty seconds. If you're new to angle grinders, they take getting use to, so go slowly.
Wipe the surface with a towel to ensure no compound residue remains. Inspect fixtures for splashes,and wipe residue, and wipe them clean with a sponge.
Seal the Tiles
Apply the sealer with a soft paint brush. Sealing helps to protect the finishing from scratches.
One coat is commonly sufficient, but you may need two. Let each coat dry, which should take around two days.
Your floor should look new again. Doing repairs yourself saves you money. If the floor has deep scratches, or you don't trust your skill, hire a contractor. For more information or assistance, visit websites like http://www.bramblebuilders.com.