Our September 2017 Stone Restoration Class is in full swing! This limited opportunity is only available to 8-10 people to guarantee a class environment conducive to learning, with plenty of hands-on opportunities for an interactive training experience. Throughout the days of each class, students receive … Continue reading MB Stone September Stone Restoration Class- Newark, NJ
We recently found this while teaching one of our stone restoration classes and wanted to share it. The stone industry owes a lot to Maurizio, and we miss him everyday! Enjoy 🙂
Question: MB-20 left residue behind on my granite fissures. Please advise on what to do to bring back the shine while removing the residues from fissure lines. I am using a Makita and a Hogs Hair pad. Answer: I have an answer for you. The problem is … Continue reading How Do I Remove Residue Left Behind From Using MB-20 On My Granite Countertop?
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
Question: “Good Morning, I have a customer with what I believe are rust stains in a marble shower stall, particularly on the white threshold. I’ve purchased a rust remover poultice and used it several times, but there has been no significant reduction in the stain. … Continue reading How Do I Remove Iron Stains From Marble Shower Threshold?
Basic Guidelines for Restoration of Marble Tops The following guidelines make reference to “average’ situations. This means that there is no way of establishing beforehand what the exact sequence of the various steps will be. Much will depend on the type of stone, the … Continue reading Basic Guidelines for Restoration of Marble Tops
There are many different kinds of machines and equipment available to the stone restoration contractor. The type of machine needed will be determined by whether you will be dealing with a floor, a wall or a countertop. Let’s start with the machines available to … Continue reading Machines and Equipment