You might be concerned about the restoration process if you’ve noticed etched marks or scuffing on your natural stone surfaces. Thankfully, there are professionals who can efficiently restore the natural luster of your home’s stone features without a major overhaul.
What is an Etch, and How Does it Form?
An etch is an inconsistency in your natural stone surface. When marble countertops appear discolored or blemished, it’s time to consider hiring professionals for etch removal. Unlike stains, etches occur when porous natural stone absorbs acidic compounds. The reaction with calcite crystals dulls the surface, resulting in visible etching.
You can do a few things to protect the natural stone found in your home. Avoid acidic cleaners and abrasive cleaning materials (do not use steel wool or vinegar-based cleaners; avoid products with bleach, etc.).
In addition to avoiding most commercial cleaners (Lysol, Windex, 409—these are all a no-go for cleaning your natural stone surfaces), you should also be sure to address spills ASAP, as substances like coffee, lemonade, and even red wine can eat away at your stone surface. For daily cleaning it’s best to use a pH-neutral cleaning solution like MB-5 from MB Stone Care. It should not come as a surprise if you have seen how a can of Coke can eat away at a car’s paint job!
Hiring Out for Natural Stone Etch Mark Removal
Professional natural stone restoration experts can do wonders regarding etch mark removal from natural stone surfaces. Natural stone restoration experts use various techniques to get your countertops and floors back to looking new. This process can take some time and elbow grease and involves treating the etch with less caustic acid to remove some of the calcite in and around the noticeable blemish.
It sounds counterintuitive, but a professional natural stone restoration expert can work wonders using this technique. This effectively blends the surfaces enough to remove the contrast. However, complete removal requires professional honing and polishing. For these reasons, this is not a recommended DIY project—and you can see how someone without the proper skills could make the situation a lot worse.
Finding Etch Mark Removal Services Near You
Are you looking for a natural stone restoration professional skilled in etch mark removal? If you live in the greater DC area, NOVA Stone Care has got you covered. Experienced in all types of natural stone restoration and repair, our reputation speaks for itself.
We are committed to providing quality services and excellent customer service. Our natural stone restoration experts are knowledgeable and experienced in working with all types of natural stone, including granite, marble, travertine, limestone, and more. Interested in learning more about who we are and what we do? Visit our website and browse our portfolio of work.