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Stone Type:
Marble
Room:
Kitchen
Service Provided:
Resurface and hone

Natural stone is the perfect way to add a touch of elegance to any space. In a kitchen, a marble worktop can become the centrepiece of the room. It is a simple hint of luxury that truly transforms the space.

When Sinead Kelly-Herbert was working with her client to redesign her home, marble was the only choice for the island and worktops:

“The new build project was contemporary and modern but I really wanted to inject tactile, natural materials to add a touch of earthiness and elegance to this fabulous family kitchen area. Natural stone really softens large new spaces.”

As with many natural stones, marble is acid sensitive. This means that extra care must be taken to protect the stone from spillages such as lemon juice, wine and vinegar. When these liquids come into contact with the stone, they will cause an etch mark. This is essentially an acidic burn to the stone that leaves a duller or white mark.

The good news is, that when this does occur, the damage is only surface level and the stone can be restored. The process uses a series of diamond abrasives to firstly remove the marks and then refinish the stone to its original condition.

During the refinishing process, the stone will be slowly polished using finer grit diamond abrasives. The final finish can be decided on the day from a velvet hone all the way to a highly polished finish. In this case the client opted for a honed finish. Although not necessarily more hard wearing, a honed finish can be easier to maintain. Any spillages that occur will still leave an etch mark, but the contrast is less stark. This usually means a professional restoration is required less often.

Both Sinead and her client were overjoyed with the results commenting:

“The concern with using natural marble in a family environment is the risk of damage to the stone from everyday life. But knowing that it can be fully restored by a company like Athena Stonecare means I can continue to use it with confidence.”

To find out more about how to care for your marble worktops click here to request an Athena Aftercare guide or contact becca@athenastonecare.co.uk to discuss your project.

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WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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