Home and business owners have varying needs when it comes to surface care. There are those situations where the installation has been worn down- perhaps as a result of heavy foot traffic experienced on the establishment, and the marble restoration services are sought to bring back the beauty to the surface. Then there are those situations where as a result of abrasion, scratches and even spills from acidic substances, the applied treatments get ruined, and dire measures are needed to protect the underlying installation from more harm. On the other side of the scale, one may desire to have the flaws restored onto the surface to give it some character. Small scratches here, slight scuffs there, matt some sections, and even add a hint of discolouration, without affecting the original look of the natural stone. In this latter case, products like the water-based Faber Tile Cream are used. This one comes with ultra-fine abrasive particles to enable it to achieve this effect, and it is also effective when you want to remove the existing surface treatment while minimising the effect on the original look. It’s also a beneficial unit for treating the surfaces that are easily soiled, since it sets a seal that increases the resistance to the dirt. What of the slight damp surfaces which need to be polished? Using polishing machines with steel wool pads brings the risk of oxidation. In such a scenario, our crew may employ products like the Faber CristalFab White Pad, which is used with the polishing machine. Here, you are able to get clear shiny results without any rust popping up on your floor. It simultaneously enhances the resistance to scratching, and you won’t need to worry about any blemishes occurring. It goes over to increase the anti-slip attributes of the treated floor in dry conditions.
When enhancing the depth of the vitreous effect of your marble installations, such that it’s even prominent when seen against the sunlight, products like the high-performance and wet-polishing Faber A2 Mix powder can be used. It is also effective on marble agglomerates, giving superior results and also setting a long lasting protection from everyday dirt and foot traffic. It achieves this result without affecting the surface hardness of the underlying treatments that had previously been applied. When it comes to the Faber ABR 600, here the goal is to abrade the surface. It can be in the middle of the mechanical polishing process, and the machine cannot be used on the surface as a result of the floor not being level, disparities in the lippage, or there are simply obstacles in the way. The ABR 600 is thus employed in place of the intermediate grain sizes of the resin pads which are used for mechanical polishing, and achieves a similar effect as a result of the micro-abrasive particles of the cream. This formulation will remove any scuffs, scratches and those other annoying tiny blemishes that are on the surface, preparing the floor to be polished with the selected chemical solutions. The Faber ABR 600 can also be used when intending to reduce the shine of the surface, allowing one to circumvent laborious mechanical processes or use acid based solutions. On the other hand, the A1 Grey is all about enhancing the depth of the shine, accentuating the natural look and feel of the marble installation. This specific powder has a low acid content, making it particularly suitable for the marble surfaces that have a high sensitivity to acids, like the red marble, or the Bardiglio marble. You end up with elegant results, making it ideal for the final stages of the finishing process.
The Mechanical Polishing Process
Quality pads are used for the polishing, which are uniquely engineered for different staged of the application, from tough grinding to ultra-fine polishing. Some are done manually, other with state-of-the-art machines, with the KGS diamond pads being up to the task. From the resin bond KGS Speedline® EDGE SF (Snail Fit) diamond polishing discs which are used for polishing wet edges and comes with grits from 60 to 3000; the variant with QRS backing which ensures the optimal polish is achieved on the edges; the KGS Speedline® MM which gets to the rest of the marble surface and has been ideally designed for use on marble, where you won’t have to worry about discolouration of the structure; the KGS Speedline® CM discs that have coloured QRS and are also used to deliver a highly polished surface; the KGS Swiflex® XX which is designed for dry polishing of light coloured marble and that are designated from the grinding to the final state for a buffed result; the diamond coated KGS Swiflex® CX resin sandpaper which is also used for dry grinding and polishing and the coarse grit sizes are aggressive, and it offers a quality choice when balancing price and performance.
There are also those required for manual use. There are the likes of the 90×55 mm and 85×50 mm KGS Telum® Handpads, where it’s a flexible foam block that comes with a diamond coated surface for the grinding and polishing, with grits from 60 – 3000, and provides a consistent performance during its life. When expanding rubber drums are being used and the grinding and polishing action is required for internal and external surfaces, our crew can employ the diamond KGS Telum® Belt or the KGS Flexis® BCT Belt for the operations. State-of-the-art single head machines fitted with the very coarse resin bond diamond pads from the KGS RENOVATOR™ System come in handy when levelling marble floors that have lippage of up to 1.5mm. The Stone Shine gives an enhanced deep and natural gloss. A similar case applies with the non-woven KGS Frankfurt diamond polishing pads, which are specifically designed for renovating marble installations. What of working on corners? These too have been covered with the flexible KGS Telum® Triangle Fein and the Flexis® Triangle Fein units, which are used with orbital sanders to set an elegant polished surface.