Our services were recently requested at the home of a Fairfield resident who wasn't too happy with the look of the Emperador marble vanity top in her bathroom. When this luxurious investment was first installed, it added a dash of elegance to the visual appeal of her bathroom. Now, however, the acidic products she'd been using to clean it had tarnished the marble's delicate surface. She knew that the help of a professional Fairfield stone honing company would be required in order for it to be fully restored, so she decided to give us a call.
When we arrived at her home, the customer greeted us at the door and welcomed us inside. She then showed us to the bathroom so we could take a look at her damaged marble vanity top for ourselves. We quickly determined the stone had been severely damaged by etching. This is a problem we encounter frequently because, although marble is well-known for its beauty, its not known to be one of the hardest or most durable stone types. As a result, it can be easily damaged if not taken care of properly.
When we finished our inspection of the stone surface, the homeowner asked us if we'd also be able to restore her bathroom floor as well. After taking a look at it, we discovered it had also been severely damaged by etching, but we assured her that both of these stone surfaces would be looking just like new again soon.
Before getting our hands dirty, we needed to clarify a few details of the job with the homeowner. Back when we spoke with her on the phone a few days ago, she expressed her concern about the same marks of damage currently plaguing her floor and vanity top returning once again in the near future. To prevent this from happening, we told her to use cleaning products specifically designed for these surfaces, such as our signature pH-neutral, soap-less cleaning product. We then explained that the finish on a stone surface can impact the visibility of its damages. Since this intrigued her, we went into deeper detail before agreeing on the finishes best suited for the stone floor and vanity top in her bathroom.
As the 'After' picture above on the left shows, we ended up giving the floor a matte finish. This low luster finish is ideal for heavily trafficked areas like a bathroom floor since it's able to camouflage most etch marks and scratches. While the matte finish was perfect for her floor, the homeowner wanted her vanity top to have a different look so we decided to give it a semi-gloss finish. Regarding this finish type, Tom Lindberg, the Co-founder of Sir Grout, stated, "Semi-gloss, also known as the "European Look" is the most asked for finish these days." This finish is popular because it reflects just enough light to create a soft, beautiful glow while still being able to hide most etch marks and scratches, as opposed to a lustrous, polished finish which reflects a lot of light and can cause any unappealing marks to stick out like a sore thumb. To see how the semi-gloss finish looked on the Fairfield customer's Emperador marble vanity top when we were finished, watch the video below:
When we showed the homeowner her newly restored stone floor and marble vanity top, she was ecstatic! She couldn't remember the last time her bathroom looked so bright and glamorous. After thanking us for our work, she promised to take much better care of both of these stone surfaces in the future.
Could your bathroom's stone floor or vanity top use a makeover, too? We'd love to help! To schedule an appointment with our hard surface restoration experts, please contact us, or call (203) 702-4896.