Natural marble, limestone, travertine and onyx kitchen benchtops, bathroom vanites, bartops, countertops, coffee tables, dining tables and other furniture made from soft calcerous stones (stones that partly contain calcium carbonate or are chalky in their original state) whilst stunning to look at, are susceptible to etching from acidic foods and liquids, staining from dark liquids and oils, burn marks from hot pots left on surfaces too long and scratching from abrasive cleaners, scourers and knives used without cutting boards.
Natural granite and quartzite and engineered Caesarstone, Essastone, Quantum Quartz, Silestone, Smartstone and HanStone kitchen benchtops and bathroom vanities are harder stones and more suitable for use in these areas as they are not as susceptible to etching. They will however still scratch, bleach and burn from use of incorrect cleaners, steel wool and hot pots.
Professional polishing can reverse this damage and restore your natural marble, limestone, travertine, onyx, granite, quartzite and engineered stone kitchen benchtops, bathroom vanities, bartops and tabletops to their original, vibrant finish. Surfaces will feel smooth and look clean, high gloss benchtops will once again look shiny and reflective, semi-gloss benchtops will look satiny, matt honed benchtops will look brighter and engineered stone surfaces will regain their factory finish.
Benchtop Polishing Process
Areas surrounding the benchtop, vanity, bartop or furniture are covered with plastic or tape to protect them from dust and slurry created during the polishing process. Furniture nearby will be removed if pre-arranged.
Several grades of diamond abrasives and a hand held polisher are used to wet grind the surface of the stone benchtop to remove dull, worn, scratched and stained areas. A special diamond abrasive polishing compound is then used to achieve, either a smooth, uniform and highly reflective finish, a satiny semi-gloss or a honed finish.
A wet vacuum cleaner is used to remove excess slurry and dust around the benchtops and surrounding areas and once the surfaces are clean and dry we carefully remove the protective barriers, plastic and tape so the area is left tidy and free from any trace of polishing.
Where possible our technicians will provide advice on the safest, most effective products to use to protect and clean your stone benchtops. In most cases sealing will be recommended to protect the stone from staining after polishing or the application of a protective film especially designed to protect marble, limestone, travertine and onyx from etching, staining and scratching.
Benchtop Polishing Benefits
The beauty of having benchtops, vanities, bartops and tabletops made from natural marble, granite, travertine, terrazzo, onyx, quartzite, limestone and engineered stones such as Caesarstone, Essastone, HanStone, Silestone and Quantum Quartz is that these surfaces can be polished to erase damage and reveal the original appeal of the stone.
The benefits of professional polishing are numerous and will keep your stone kitchen benchtops, bathroom vanities, bartops, countertops and stone looking and feeling like new.
- Marble and stone kitchen benchtop polishing and stone bathroom vanity polishing will remove scratches, dull spots, etch marks, discolouration and stains
- High gloss marble, limestone, travertine and onyx kitchen benchtops and bathroom vanities will once again look highly reflective after polishing
- Matt honed marble, limestone, travertine and onyx kitchen benchtops and bathroom vanities will look and feel smooth after polishing
- Semi-gloss marble and stone kitchen benchtop surfaces and bathroom vanities will look clean and satiny
- Caesarstone, Essastone, HanStone, Silestone and Quantum Quartz kitchen benchtops, bathroom vanities and kitchen benchtops will regain their new factory finish
- The ambience of your kitchen or bathroom will be improved
- Regular maintenance of your kitchen benchtop and bathroom vanity will be easier
Stone Benchtop Care
Ongoing use of the correct cleaning products on natural and engineered stone benchtops will ensure that they remain protected and looking their best for longer. You must also take care to avoid substances and materials that will etch, scratch, discolour and stain the stone.
Marble, limestone, travertine and onyx kitchen benchtops and bathroom vanities can etch, scratch and stain, whereas granite, Caesarstone, Essastone, Quantum Quartz, Silestone and HanStone are not as susceptible to etching but can scratch and stain. Professional benchtop polishing is recommended to remove this damage and sealing to product the stone and make it easier to maintain.
- Acidic substances that etch: Fruit juice; lemons; milk; wine; citrus based cleaners; vinegar; tomato sauce; mouthwash; toothpaste
- Substances that discolour and stain: Coffee; tea; beetroot; cooking oils; perfumes; make-up; hair dyes; soaps; tanning solutions; bleach
- Abrasive cleaners that scratch and cause swirl marks: Crème cleaners; green scourers; steel wool pads (The only safe scourer to use on stone is a white scourer)
- Caustic substances that strip and leave white spots: Acid from batteries; Draino
- Solvents that strip protective sealer: Methylated spirits; nail polish remover
The Marble Man recommends REJUVENATA to maintain a smooth feel and streak free shine on your stone benchtops.