Marble is thought of as a tough substance, something that requires a chisel and hammer to even scratch. While this is mostly true, white marble is softer than any of the almost twenty kinds of marble. Even so, there are microorganisms which live on and feed off of rock--no joke. These microorganisms are responsible for the deterioration of marble, and resins in or on marble, which is a major issue if you have marble floors or marble countertops. Here is how marble and stone restoration experts handle the situation.

Taking Test Samples

The first thing that needs to be done is a test scraping. The experts scrape a few samples from your deteriorating marble surfaces to confirm that your problem really is a microorganism. The samples are sent to a lab to examine. Once confirmed, the next step is to kill these microorganisms in order to stop the deterioration.

Killing the Microorganisms

Special chemicals are used to kill these microorganisms. The restoration experts spray ALL of your marble surfaces with the chemicals in order to destroy all of the microorganisms and prevent them from just moving on to another area of the marble surfaces. The marble surfaces are then allowed to air dry, which also aids in the prevention of the spread of the microorganisms. More scrapings are taken a few hours after the surfaces have been sprayed to confirm that the microorganisms are all dead and/or no longer present.

Testing the Second Set of Samples

The second set of scraping samples are sent to the same lab. These are tested for signs of living microorganisms, which should not be present if the sprays have done the job. If the microorganisms are all dead/no longer present, the restoration experts begin the next phase of restoration on your marble surfaces.

Sanding and Grinding

Special sanders and grinders go to work to remove the worst of the damage on your marble surfaces. Then these surfaces are polished smooth and are made uniform in structure an texture. Finally, the very last part of the process is applied.

Polishing and Sealing

Polishing makes the marble smooth and beautiful. Sealing prevents wear and tear on the marble, which is most useful if the marble is your flooring material. Marble sealants can also make your marble shiny, which appeals to a lot of people. The resin sealants used to make marble shiny also help bring out some of its natural patterns and colors.

Contact a company like Rocky Mountain Marble Restoration for more help.