It is a definite chicken and egg because no one knows how these misunderstanding about marble polishing come about. They are neither clarified by experts in the field nor illustrated in details by those who experienced them. People who carry these misconceptions are often viewed as ignorant. Despite so, do not be surprised that, sometimes, professionals can also being fooled. Hence, it is advisable to find out more, before your decision to marble polishing.
One of the most prominent beliefs will be new marble does not need polishing. The thinking holds no mistake, provided the marble is well taken care of. In fact, there is no “right time” to marble polish, it has to be done when spill, stain, or dull occurs. If the marble is installed in household or areas with high human or vehicle traffic, whereby it is more likely to be exposed to acids, alcohol, or fiction, constant polishing may be required even though it is new.
The idea of new marble does not require polishing goes hand in hand with another idea, that polishing will keep marble looks new forever. However, both of which, really depends heavily on the users and the initial selection of marble cum installation process.
Next, the belief of having a pre-cleaning session prior to marble polish; pre-cleaning may involve the use of tough detergent to remove stains, etch, or oil. Some people believe that this is essential, particularly if the dirt is old. Others also believed in the use of strong cleaning or polishing products to hide away dullness on marble.
Unfortunately, all these heavy cleaning works are not quite right. In reality, such efforts may create more harm to the current state of marble. Marble is extremely sensitive hence vigorous cleaning may enlarge the damages that are already present on it. A pre-cleaning is really not a necessity as polishing itself will remove a thin layer of marble in the process (dry polishing) or use of appropriate solvent like water (in wet polishing) to remove all imperfections.
The third misunderstanding is the belief that polishing is useless since marble is not completely sealed. Sealed refers to the ability of not absorbing moisture, it can be tested by pouring water over the surface of any material. When a dry cloth is wiped against sealed material, no water mark will be left behind and all moisture will be absorbed by the cloth, but obvious mark shall be seen on otherwise material. As such, marble will still not be spared from the fate of getting stained, even after polishing. Indeed, marble is not sealed but it is also not porous, which means moisture is just dirtying the surface but does not create any internal harm. Thus, the belief does not justify the significance of marble polishing.
Ultimately, the aim of having marble polishing is to revive its beauty. Why not spend more time in the understanding of the whole process, rather than believing the unbelievable?