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.
ADVICE ON USING MARBLE OR GRANITE FOR KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS
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.
IS GRANITE ACID RESISTANT?
WARNING – There 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.