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Stone Type:
Marble
Room:
Ground floor
Service Provided:
Full restoration and polish

Our clients were renovating a property to transform into their dream home. The marble floors throughout the property had seen better days and they asked Athena Stonecare if there was anything that could be done to return them to their former glory.

At the initial site survey, it was noted that there was significant lippage across the floor. This is the name given to uneven height of tiles at the grout joints due to the floor tiles not being laid flat.

To repolish a scratched or etched floor, diamond segments must be used to grind the surface. If tile edges are uneven then the solid diamond segments will bounce over the lips and will be ineffective. To use this method of polishing on a lipped floor would run the risk of ‘picture framing’ whereby the lower section of the tiles shows up as shinier than the rest. There are hybrid options available to bring back the shine, but the finish is never as crisp. This is usually visible by the wavy lines seen in the reflection of light from the floor.

In order to achieve the best possible finish when a client requests a high polish, it is usually recommended to grind the floor completely flat first. This is a lengthier process, but is the only way to ensure the perfect polish and avoid an uneven finish.

With the entrance being a focal point of the renovation with natural light flooding in and reflecting off the floor, it was decided that the investment in a full restoration was well worth it.

Due to the ongoing works, we attended the site initially to complete the grinding and resurfacing to the edges before the decorating took place and the skirting boards were installed. This is always our preference when grinding floors as it gives the best finish possible to the edges and corners.

Following the completion of the remaining decorating work, the team returned to complete the rest of the work.

Using the Hypergrinder Titan and Levighetor machines, the marble floor tiles were ground flush with the grout line. This removed all lippage as well as surface damage.

After this, 7 stages of diamond abrasives (metal bonds, copper bonds and resin bonds) were used to remove the scratch pattern created by the grinding process and smooth the marble to tighten the surface of the floor. The floor was then polished to high shine with natural polishing powder before rinsing and sealing.

When the main contractor Ben returned to the site he immediately contacted the team “ Cannot get over how good the floor looks at south hill! Amazing job”.

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WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

Testimonial

I wanted to leave a review for Danielle. She went above and beyond to help find alternative solutions so I could get my worktops/ tiles restored in the timeframe I need to, even following up afterwards to see how things panned out. Excellent communication!

Ali
Buckinghamshire
Testimonial

The only company I trust to restore flooring in my role at Humphrey Munson. Athena Stonecare are an amazing company with a true understanding of excellent customer service and endlessly helpful.

Humphrey Munson
Chelsea
Testimonial

Athena Stonecare is a great firm and I recommend it highly. Dave, Becca and the team could not have been more friendly and helpful, and they left our stone floor looking as good as new. I also thought their quote was very reasonable, given the amount of work involved.

Caroline
London
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So lovely to see the spring sunshine this morning, it really makes such a difference. Athena Stonecare have made this view much better this week, our marble had been heavily stained from cleaning products. It’s great to see it back to its former glory

Jessica
Befordshire
Testimonial

Athena Stonecare did an excellent job on both my front steps and entrance hall floor, so much so that my neighbours asked for their details. I would be delighted to use them again and would unhesitatingly recommend them.

Vaughan
Surrey
Testimonial

On behalf of the Abbey I would like to thank you both for your team's work with our precious flooring. We all appreciate the miraculous improvement you achieved, and also the consideration and generosity of time, thought and advice given during the main working weeks and also helpful advice on aftercare.

Judy
Pershore Abbey

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