Refinishing Brown Marble Vanity Counter Top

Emperador Brown marble vanity left side before polish dull

Emperador Brown marble vanity left side before polish dull


Emperador Brown marble vanity overall before polish dull

Emperador Brown marble vanity overall before polish dull


Emperador Brown marble vanity left side shiny after polish

Emperador Brown marble vanity left side shiny after polish


Emperador Brown marble vanity overall after polish shiny

Emperador Brown marble vanity overall after polish shiny

Recently we got a request to polish a brown marble vanity top for a homeowner in Cambridge. The stone was a variety of Emperador, which can be fussy to polish. Photos are above – you can get a better resolution photo by clicking on each image one at a time to see detail.

The process was a one day event – the homeowner removed the faucet spigot and handles herself to allow us to do a better job. We recommend this, but it’s not always critical, depending on where the gloss needs to be restored.

First we use diamond abrasive disks to remove etching, so called ‘water spots’, and then smooth out the stone, eliminating scratches and allowing light to reflect better. Then we use a polishing powder made for marble countertops, buffing it to a shine.

The final step is a clear penetrating sealer to protect the marble, and then it’s ready to enjoy and use again!

If you have a kitchen or bathroom marble counter top that you’re not happy with, feel free to get in touch with us to get free quote for restoration and refinishing. You can fill out the form below or just call us at 617-838-0795. The list of towns where we work is below as well.

Towns where Act One does marble vanity and counter top polishing, granite polishing, diamond honing, marble honing, ceramic tile cleaning and grout line color sealing, regrouting, tile installation, and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront, Brighton, Roxbury, South Boston, Dorchester, 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, Thomsonville, 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, Peperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford

Call Act One at 617-838-0795 for free estimates

Our contact information:
Act One
15 Main Street #138
Watertown MA 02472
617-838-0795

Marble Stains, Water Spots, Hard Water Stains on Marble or Granite…..Can They Be Cleaned Away??

Every week we get asked this question: “Can you clean away the stains, water marks, water spots or rings on my marble vanity, marble floor or granite countertop?”

THE ‘BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES’ OF MARBLE STAINS AND ETCHES

(If you click any of the pictures, it will take you to a full size photo page)

The answer, in almost every case, is “Yes, we can get the marble stains out and it can look beautiful again!” For example, the photos up top are ugly on purpose – see below for the ‘after’ pictures. One was a brown vanity top in Wellesley with ‘water rings’, one was a shower in Sudbury that a maid service had diligently sprayed acid based cleaning chemical all over and one was a commercial bathroom in Cambridge where the cleaning company had been using an acid based toilet bowl cleaner for years without realizing that the chemical always drips outside onto the marble floors.

It’s not usually a matter of just ‘cleaning’. In almost every situation I’ve encountered, what looks exactly like a hard water spot or a stain on the marble is not a true stain that can be scrubbed away. Instead, it is more often an etch caused by acidic chemicals. To add insult to injury, many times the acid was inside a liquid or spray cleaning chemical used to keep the marble or granite clean. Ouch!

The process that works is to hone down the marble or granite by using diamond abrasive pads. Then we go over the area with a marble polish that builds back the shine. If there is any soil on the surface, this also removes it and achieves cleaning at the same time.

If you have a ‘water mark’, a ‘water ring’ or an etch or ‘hard water stain’ on your marble or granite, whether it be a shower wall, shower floor, marble floor, granite countertop,  or marble vanity, give us a call at 617-838-0795 or fill out the form at the end of this page and we’ll get your stone back into shape!

Towns where Act One does marble polishing, 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

Call Act One for free estimates  – 617-838-0795

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Our contact information:

Act One, 15 Main Street #138 Watertown MA 02472

617-838-0795

 

Polishing Green Granite Counter Tops

Of all the requests we get for refinishing and polishing granite counters, green and black granites and marbles top the list.

Why?

Because the stone itself doesn’t carry a shine as well as some other colors. Even brand new factory polished countertop slabs in green are not as glossy as other colors. And black granites can have problems with some etching, water spots and color variations (not ‘black enough’ in some spots)

So we get more than our fair share of these extra challenging colors. To get them to shine, we need to go through some extra hoops and use more powerful sealers than usual.

These photos are from a recent job we did in a suburb north of Boston. The cat was so curious it was hard to find a photo where he wasn’t ‘inspecting’ the work!

If you’d like us to polish your granite or marble counters and you live in the general Boston area, including any of the towns listed below, feel free to fill in our form below or just call at 617-838-0795 and we’ll be happy to get you a no obligation quote in writing.

Green granite counters water spots before polish near sink - Boston suburb

Green granite counters water spots before polish near sink - Boston suburb

 

Green granite counters after polish sun view with cat in sink

Green granite counters after polish sun view with cat in sink

Towns where Act One does marble polishing, granite polishing, diamond honing, marble honing, ceramic tile cleaning and grout line color sealing, regrouting, tile installation, 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, Thomsonville, 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, Peperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford