Afterglow Floor Care can polish your marble floor utilizing 3 different methods. This method described below is if your floor is extremely worn or neglected. If it does need to be diamond ground, the below paragraph will describe the order of operations. If you maintain your floors every few years, you could probably paste polish the floor and then seal it. This process of paste polishing and sealing is a lot less expensive than, diamond grinding but should be done once every 2 years, and sealed. Diamond grinding is usually for extremely worn floors, or floors that have gone years with out any maintenance.
The 3rd process of polishing a marble floor is crystallizing. Crystallizing just involves buffing the floor with a steal wool pad to bring the luster back. This process doesn't require sealing afterwards and is strictly a maintenance process, designed to keep the luster maintained. This process is very affordable and this is how Las Vegas maintains their marble casinos. This is a dry process and can be walked on immediately.
Diamond grinding is used on floors and counter tops when excessive wear or damage has occurred. The process is mechanical in nature and involves using a weighted floor buffer with diamond cutters attached beneath the machine. Just like sand paper, the diamond cutters are made in various grit configurations. The lower the grit, the more coarse the cut it will produce.
- 1st step: cut the entire floor (or counter top) with a coarse diamond grit (50-100 grit) to remove the damaged surface of the stone.
- 2nd step: cut the entire floor with the next less aggressive diamond grit cutter. (100-200).
- 3rd step: same as step 2, but cut with a (200-400) diamond grit cutter.
- 4th step: cut with (400-800) diamond grit cutter.
- 5th step: cut with (800-1800) diamond grit cutter.
- 6th step: paste polish the entire floor.
- 7th step: allow the floor to dry overnight. Finish with application of solvent based penetrating sealer. The floor can now be walked on, but allow 72 hours for the sealer to cure before any mopping to the floor. Solvent sealer will protect the stone from any oil or organic debris. (no penetrating sealer will protect the stone from alcohols or acids!)