Marble, Travertine & Limestone as well as other natural stones require proper maintenance. Carrara Marble is definitely one of the classics and very popular marbles we come across and polish. Other common marbles such as crema marfil, brown emperador, rojo alicante, botticino all require the same maintenance as well. Usage of cleaning products that are compatible with natural stone is very important. Just because a product is all natural or “green” does not mean it is suitable for marble, limestone or travertine. In fact vinegar is extremely harmful for use on calcite stones such as marble, limestone and travertine. They also require professional refinishing occasionally by a Professional Natural Stone Restoration company since these stones are soft and scratch easily. The first step in professional restoration is to hone the stone with diamonds to remove scratches and marks. After that the stone could be polished with polishing compounds just like the factory to produce a shine from the stone itself. Some stones look nicer unpolished with a more natural matted look which is called a “honed finish.” We offer to polish or hone the stone as well as various customized finishes like a muted polish or a high hone where there is a subtle shine. Generally our customers ask to have their stone sealed. However many do do not realize the limitations of a sealer. In fact a sealer only helps prevent colored stains on stone not the more common etches from improper cleaning products or scratches. We do offer to seal marble, travertine and limestone when necessary but educate our customers on the benefits and limitations of sealers and sealing natural stone. Many times we get phone calls to clean marble or travertine. Usually the issue is not dirt rather the surface needs to be refinished. Sometimes it is very dirty but that also is many times due to the fact that the surface of the stone like a travertine floor has been worn to the point where it does not have a smooth finish anymore rather a rough surface. This is an open invitation for dirt to collect in all these rough and textured areas. By refinishing the surface of the stone floor it will be easier to clean the floor. We always provide detailed cleaning and maintenance instructions to all our customers. Whether you have a travertine floor, carrara marble vanity or limestone shower call us today to see how we can help you. Check out more information about natural stone care and restoration at groutworksnj.com/marble. Grout Works of Central NJ provides locally Natural Stone Restoration Services and complete limestone refinishing and marble polishing from large lobby floors to small vanity tops. Grout Works of Central NJ services most of NJ including Colts Neck, Rumson, Fair Haven, Morganville, Madison, Warren, Watchung and Plainfield NJ.