This is meant to bring back the shine on marble flooring (or tile or countertops) that is mildly etched and dull, but was once shiny. It will not make severely damaged, very rough or raw marble shiny and it is not meant to be used on a honed or matte finished marble floor.
You can use this product over the entire floor to polish marble as well, but you'll need a lot of it and you may get uneven results over a large area since it requires a fair amount of skill to do large areas and it will take A LOT of work unless the floor is very small.
I have black with white grain and tan variegated marble floor tile in my foyer where it gets a lot of traffic.
It has completely lost it's shine and polish and has some scratching. It only looks shiny when it is wet.
I have tried some commercial marble polishers and restorers purchased from floor and countertop stores specializing in marble, none of which did anything to restore the shine.
Is there any way to restore the shine on this floor and if so, how can I protect it in the future? Thanks.
The reason your marble floor tile has lost its shiny polish is precisely because of all the foot traffic it gets.... it simply got worn away.
Stone can be surfaced with several different styles of finish... polished, honed, tumbled, flamed, etc. depending on the desired look and use for the stone.
A shiny polished marble finish is NOT the result of some chemical application. It is achieved by grinding and essentially sanding the surface so smooth that it shines. But it can become rough and dull again with constant wear and tear.
Most marble floor tile is honed (matte finish) rather than polished for this exact reason. Polishing marble floors repeatedly is HIGH maintenance.... and polished marble shows dirt, dust and smudges far more readily than honed floor tiles.
Marble polishing creams and pastes like the ETCH REMOVER / Marble polishing paste are designed to address only mild to moderate damage/dulling of the surface (etching, scratching) in small areas.... not entire floors.
You don't have to worry about staining too much since polished marble is pretty stain resistant, but etching from spilled soda pop or wine is much more noticeable on polished stone and, as noted, the polish will wear away as the surface is removed little by little with foot traffic requiring regular marble polishing.
Nothing can truly "prevent" the wear unless you cover the high traffic areas/paths with rugs, clean the rugs often and sweep often. But even then, the marble polish will eventually wear away from friction of the rug and dirt in/under the rug.
To restore and polish marble you will need the services of a marble repair professional. I'd suggest that you have the pro "hone" the surface rather than re-polish it.
Honed marble will not show the wear nearly as much as a polished surface if at all. That will save you the constant irritation of the marble looking worn and the inevitable need and expense of maintenance marble polishing.
Or just leave it and let it age naturally. The great thing about marble, especially on floor tile, is that it still looks great when worn (many like that look even better) and it will last forever with near zero expense unless you want it to look perfect, shiny and new every day. Then it's a constant battle.
But if you want it shiny, then find a reputable marble polishing expert because you'll need 'em again. And do not even consider marble re-crystallization.
I have a dark marble tile kitchen countertop, which has water stains from bottles which took the shine off.
The countertop has been sealed with a marble sealer.
How can I restore the shine on my tiles again?
Your suggestion would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Clara, the "water stains" aren't actually marble stains and they aren't from water, but they do look like that and that's what most people call them or... "glass-rings," "water spots."
The dull spots are caused by corrosion of the marble surface from contact with acidic foods/drinks (coffee, soda, juice, wine) and harsh alkaline cleaning products (most common household cleaners will damage marble).
It's called "etching." A stain occurs when something is absorbed into the marble causing a darker spot. Etching eats away a bit of the marble which destroys the shiny surface layer creating a dull and sometimes lighter spot or ring.
Not to worry though... etching can be repaired and the shine/color restored using a good Etch Remover compound (see links above for this product).
Very easy to use and far cheaper marble maintenance than professional restoration!
In the future, you need to use coasters, trivets, mats, etc., to avoid contact with acids.
Sealing has nothing to do with etching. Completely different issues. Sealing protects against absorption/staining.
Avoiding contact with acids and using ONLY cleaning products specifically for marble is the only way to protect against etching.