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1. Before call­ing any con­trac­tor, ask around. Have any of your neigh­bors had their stone sur­face done recently? Who did it? and were they happy?Hiring a pro­fes­sional mar­ble cleaner can be dif­fi­cult. Please read through the below points before mak­ing any decision.

2. Once you have located sev­eral com­pa­nies, sched­ule appoint­ments to receive esti­mates. We at Mar­ble Ren­o­va­tion will always per­form a free esti­mate. Be sure you are there for the sched­uled time; it can be very frus­trat­ing for a con­trac­tor to arrive for any esti­mate, only to find no one home. On the other hand, if the con­trac­tor fails to show for the sched­uled appoint­ment with­out at least call­ing, he obvi­ously isn’t inter­ested in your project.

3. When the con­trac­tor arrives, explain what your con­cerns are, and what you are try­ing to achieve. After all, you live with the floor every day; the con­trac­tor is see­ing it for the first time. Give the con­trac­tor as much infor­ma­tion as pos­si­ble. What do you use to clean the floor? Has the floor been pol­ished? Is there any wax or coat­ing on the floor? Any infor­ma­tion will help the con­trac­tor decide how to fix the problem

4. Once the con­trac­tor has deter­mined what is needed, ask him to explain the pro­ce­dure he intends to use. Are there other options? What pol­ish­ing process will be used? A com­pe­tent con­trac­tor should be more then happy to answer any ques­tion you may have.

5. When com­par­ing a price against another con­trac­tor make sure you are com­par­ing like for like. If one con­trac­tor is only going to pol­ish and the other grind, the dif­fer­ence in price will be considerable.

6. If pos­si­ble, obtain a demo or sam­ple. Ask if a free demo can be per­formed; have it per­formed in a rep­re­sen­ta­tive area. This will indi­cate how the final job will be like. Be rea­son­able how­ever; don’t expect a con­trac­tor to per­form a demo if the job is too small.

7. Once you choose a con­trac­tor, sched­ule the job. Don’t be sur­prised if the con­trac­tor is booked for sev­eral weeks. Be patient; a good con­trac­tor will be busy, and you will have to wait your turn. If you absolutely must have it done now, ask him if he’ll book you if he gets a cancellation.

8. Gut feel­ing — are you com­fort­able with the con­trac­tor? This is much more impor­tant then you might think.


I am build­ing a new house and would like to use some type of stone for my kitchen counter tops. Is Mar­ble or Gran­ite best?

Both Mar­ble & Gran­ite can be used for a kitchen counter but each has its advan­tages and dis­ad­van­tages. Mar­ble is avail­able in an unlim­ited num­ber of col­ors. It scratches very eas­ily though. If you are going to be cut­ting meats and veg­eta­bles Mar­ble is a poor choice. Gran­ite is very scratch resis­tant and will take cut­ting, how­ever Gran­ite can be very porous and if you are doing a lot of cook­ing with hot oil, Gran­ite can stain eas­ily. Gran­ite can be pro­tected against stain­ing if you seal it with a good qual­ity stone sealer. Most stone Kitchen counter tops are Gran­ite and over­all is a good choice.


WARNINGThere is one acid that will severely etch, pit and dull a pol­ished gran­ite sur­face. This acid is known as Hydroflouric acid and is found in many rust removers. If you have expe­ri­enced etch­ing on gran­ite sur­faces you may want to check the label and see if it con­tains Hydroflouric acid. If it does, the gran­ite may need to be repaired.


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