One thing I like about living in an older town like Boston is the original marble floors that were built in the common areas of apartments. Many of these are now condominium hallways and their marble floors were kept to convey luxury and style. Sometimes they’re only in the lobby, but sometimes all the stairs are made of thick chunks of marble, and even the walls.
Unfortunately, after a lot of wear and tear, marble floors start to look ‘beat up’. They attract soil that just can’t be cleaned, no matter how much liquid detergent the cleaning company uses. At some point, they need to be re-honed to sand away the scratches from foot traffic and expose fresh stone.
That’s not a job for an amateur – your cleaning company is wise to pass on it.
Give us a call and we can get it done for you. It involves using diamond honing pads to gently remove a paper-thin layer of the stone. Then we apply clear penetrating sealer to protect the marble.
Frequently, we also caulk or grout the edges of the stairs so the whole job looks fresh and new.
Condominiums can gain value from a stunning looking common area – or they can lose value if it looks beat up and neglected. Make sure you keep the value of your investment high and enjoy your marble the way it was meant to be experienced!
The pictures in this post are from a building in the Brookline area. The owners wanted the marble floor on the steps and lobby to reflect the care they had put into the renovation and restoration of the property. The job was done on a fairly tight schedule, on budget and the results speak for themselves. In this case, they didn’t want a polished, shiny finish – just a clean and honed look and a smooth edge treatment with white caulking.
Give us a call for a free estimate at 617-838-0795 or fill out the form below for a free stone care estimate. The list of towns we service is also below, mostly Eastern Massachusetts.
Towns where Act One does ceramic tile regrouting, cleaning and grout line color sealing, re grouting showers, marble regrouting, and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront, Brighton, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton, Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thompsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Pepperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford
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