Clearstone Marble Sealer Application and Care

Sureshine was asked by a prestigious race track if we had a solution to the etching problem on their marble table in their VIP lounge. The table was approximately fifteen feet long by four feet wide, was polished, and had numerous etch marks from glasses and bottles.

Marble Counter Before Clearstone

Etched Marble Counter Before Clearstone

Marble Counter Before Clearstone
Marble Counter Before Clearstone
Marble Counter Before Clearstone
Marble Counter Before Clearstone

In the past we would simply tell the customer that the nature of the stone is to etch and if they wanted it be polished, it must be refinished often. That is no longer the case.

Clearstone is a durable, long lasting, self leveling liquid coating that is applied to the counter and sanded to whatever shine the customers desires. In this case the highest natural looking shine attainable was what the customer wanted. The surface was carefully prepared to accept the coating by Sureshine, a licensed applicator if the Clearstone product. Once the coating was poured and applied and allowed to cure, it was refinished much like the stone to a high polish. The resulting finish will never etch or stain as long as the coating stays intact.

Clearstone will Never Etch and Never Stain. Clearstone comes with a 10 year stain and etch proof warranty.

Marble Counter After Clearstone
Marble Counter After Clearstone
Marble Counter After Clearstone
Marble Counter After Clearstone
Marble Counter After Clearstone
Marble Counter After Clearstone
Marble Counter After Clearstone
Marble Counter After Clearstone
Marble Counter After Clearstone
Marble Counter After Clearstone

Ted is the owner of Sureshine Care and Restoration Services, Inc. in Orange County California with an office in Morgan Hill, California. Ted has been polishing and restoring natural stone and tile since 1987, has written a book on the subject and teaches a four day intensive hands on seminar to teach interested students the stone restoration trade. Most recently, Ted was instrumental in the completion of the new Stone Restoration Standard by the Marble Institute of America. For more information on the stone restoration standard click here.

If you are in need of services in the Bay Area or Southern California, please call us at (800)378-0266 or email info@sureshinecares.com.

Travertine Honing and Polishing

Travertine Polishing and Sealing

Here is an example of a travertine refinishing service in process. The floor was honed and the customer wanted a polish. Sureshine wet sanded the floor to a high shine. The floor was then polished and sealed. Call Sureshine at (714) 841-8300.

 

 

Honed Travertine Before Polishing Honed Travertine During  Polishing Perfectly Polished Travertine Floor

 

About the author:

Ted is the owner of Sureshine Care and Restoration Services, Inc. in Orange County California with an office in Morgan Hill, California. Ted has been polishing and restoring natural stone and tile since 1987, has written a book on the subject and teaches a four day intensive hands on seminar to teach interested students the stone restoration trade. If you are in need of services in Southern California, please call us at (800)378-0266 or email info@sureshinecares.com.

How to Take Care of Marble Counters

Newly Refinished and polished marble counters can be difficult to maintain. Following a few simple rules can keep your counters looking great for years!

After Sureshine refinishes your marble counters to their original “like new appearance, use these simple maintenance guidelines to keep them looking new for years. Call us today to make your marble counters look like new. (800)378-0266.

Marble Counter Care and Maintenance
When caring for your Marble Counters it is important to remember a few simple rules.

  1. Water is the enemy of marble, especially polished marble. Water carries dust and other particulates into the stone and dries. This causes the dark soiling to accumulate in the small holes and grout. When this happens, professional services are needed to restore your counters.
  2. Use trays and other protective measures to keep liquids off of your counters. Acid containing products such as beverages, cleaning products, and other household chemicals can etch your marble counters.

Tools to have on hand:

  1. Small nylon grout brush
  2. EasyOxy Cleaner
  3. Finishing Touch Ultra
  4. Diluted Bleach – 4oz to a 32oz squirt bottle of water (not for polished surfaces)
  5. MB11 Etch Remover
  6. Microfiber towels
  7. Sealer
  8. Appropriate Safety Gear

Evaluate Surfaces to and prepare to begin maintenance:

  1. Check all grout areas especially around back splash. Repair gaps immediately with non-sanded grout or the appropriately colored silicone caulking.

Daily Maintenance:

  1. After use, dry the surface especially between the fixtures. This will prevent the hard water corrosion that diminishes the shine and leaves crusty residues around the fixtures.
  2. Use coasters and trays for all cosmetics, toothpaste, and soap. Keeping these items off the surface will reduce the need for professional maintenance.

Ongoing Maintenance:

  1. Spray the surface with EasyOxy as necessary and buff clean with Microfiber cloth.
  2. Use EasyOxy on the counter, fixtures, and sink bowl.
  3. Use Finishing Touch Ultra as often as needed to maintain the shine and condition the surface.

Yearly or as Needed:

  1. Use MB-11 to remove etches from polished counters. It is not a replacement for professional services, but will remove light and even moderate etching and return the surface to near new condition.
  2. Periodically apply sealer to the surface to reduce water penetration and provide piece-of-mind against staining.