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ICAN/ATEX: How can I repair damaged marble floors?

May 31, 2013

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I just took over the housekeeping in an old office building.

The last cleaning service used floor finish on rough and smooth marble squares, leaving a darkened and chipping finish.

Can this floor be stripped and cleaned properly without floor finish?

I know marble should only be ground and buffed with a light mopping to clean.

Friday’s Answer:

That is a tough question to answer without seeing the floor.

Many times we have to continue to do what has been done in the past because changing processes would be too time consuming and costly.

Normally, you should and can maintain marble flooring without the use of a topical sealer.

The challenge, in your case, may be the difficulty of removing the existing finish as well as the condition of the floor.

Testing in a small area, such as one square of each texture,may be the best bet.

If you can get the existing finish off the floor and end up with an acceptable appearance, there may be  … - Bill Griffin, president of Cleaning Consultant Services Inc.

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