Category: Marble

What A Stone Color Enhancer Can Do

Regular stone surfaces are known for their beauty, but sometimes standard stone is a bit dull and in need of some enhancement. That is where stone color enhancers come into play. The right color enhancer gives stone a more glossy and vibrant look. It can take a standard looking surface and turn it into something that stands out. Not only does the color enhancer improve the look of the stone, it also protects the surface against staining as well.

 

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Test Out The Stone Color Enhancer

It is important to test the enhancing chemicals on a spare piece of stone before using them on the rest of the finished surface. During the test phase, it is important to pay attention to the amount of the product applied, as well as, how long it remains in place after the application. Going through the tests helps ensure that the desired effect is achieved. It is not an exact process, and always requires a small amount of experimenting before the final application is made.

Treat Stone Materials

While stone surfaces can look just fine without treatment, choosing the right stone color enhancer brings out the natural colors of the stone while also protecting them from the elements. We offer several color enhancers that will give the stone a nice “wet” look without the shine.

 

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Best Stones To Use It On

A good color enhancing sealer works best on a semi-porous stone surface. Stones such as granite, marble, and travertine all accept the stone color enhancer readily and benefit from the sealing properties that it has to offer. Stone that is not porous usually does not take enhancer very well, and will not require a seal most of the time. When the type of stone is not known, it is important to have a professional identify it. If that is not convenient then it is best to test a small amount of solution on a piece of stone before attempting to finish the entire surface. Note—perform a water test to see what the stone will look like after applying the enhancer. Pour a palm size amount of water on the stone and let dwell for 20-30 minutes. The darkening of the stone will show you what the stone will look like once the enhancer is applied.

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What Is The Best Product To Remove Scratches/Etches (And Future Scratches/ Etches) From Marble In Bathroom

Question: I have a project that is only 6 mos old and although it was sealed, it is now etched in many places all over the vanity, the floor also has some etchings—it is mostly from toothpaste I think—and its use won’t stop

The vanity top is nero marquino marble, the floor and walls are “asian calacatta” marble.

 I need advice—

1.    What is best product to remove the scratches /etches (and future scratches/ etches) that I can use with my black and Decker mouse sander (random orbital sander)—this sander has a polishing pad attachment (doing this by hand seems tedious and there are a lot of etch marks)

2.    What is best sealer /protector to protect it from acids and stains after I polish it?

3.    What is best product to clean the marble of soap scum that can also be used to remove soap scum from bathtub—there are many products to remove soap scum but are not recommended on marble-it is impossible to clean the tub and not get it on the marble –so we are stuck. Please help!

Answer: Thank you for contacting us regarding your stone. First I want to explain that no sealer will protect the marble from etching. Sealers are designed to give you time to clean up a spill to protect from staining. An impregnating sealer is absorbed into the stone- it does not sit on top. An etch is actually a chemical reaction between something acidic and the calcite in the marble. Etching is instantaneous.

1) Our MB11 Marble Etch Remover and Polishing Powder is designed for spot treatment of etches. It is designed to work on lighter, polished marbles. If the nero marquino vanity is a more black marble, the MB11 will not work well on that one (we recommend contacting a Stone Restoration Professional to restore black marbles). For the asian calacutta, MB-11 work perfectly and all the directions are on the container. Basically you will place a couple of pinches of the powder on the etch, mist it with water, and then using even your hand and cloth, buff in circles (adding pressure as you go) until all of the powder is gone and the surface has been restored to a nice shine.

2) The impregnating sealer we recommend is the MB24 Barrier. It is water based and oleophobic and hydrophobic- meaning it resists oil and water which will allow you time to clean up any spills before it can be absorbed. Again, nothing short of encasing the marble will protect it from etching.

3) MB3 is the product we have for soap film. It is a concentrated product and is very effective and is safe for all natural stones. We also offer a Bath and Shower Kit that includes this product as well as MB5 (daily cleaner) and MB9 (mildew remover) that might be useful for you to care for the bath as all of these are safe for stone.

For more information regarding our products please visit us at www.mbstonecare.com